Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

John Wayne
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Dean Martin
Dean Martin
, Eric Hilliard Nelson
Eric Hilliard Nelson
Howard Hawks

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Overview

Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Rio Bravo is a story of men (and women) and a town under siege. Presidio County Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), a worthless, drunken thug, for the murder of an unarmed man in a fight in a saloon -- the problem is that Joe is the brother of wealthy land baron Nathan Burdette (John Russell), who owns a big chunk of the county and can buy all the hired guns he doesn't already have working for him. Burdette's men cut the town off to prevent Chance from getting Joe into more secure surroundings, and then the hired guns come in, waiting around for their chance to break him out of jail. Chance has to wait for the United States marshal to show up, in six days, his only help from Stumpy (Walter Brennan), a toothless, cantankerous old deputy with a bad leg who guards the jail, and Dude (Dean Martin), his former deputy, who's spent the last two years stumbling around in a drunken stupor over a woman that left him. Chance's friend, trail boss Pat Wheeler (Ward Bond), arrives at the outset of the siege and tries to help, offering the services of himself and his drovers as deputies, which Chance turns down, saying they're not professionals and would be too worried about their families to be good at anything except being targets for Burdette's men; but Chance does try to enlist the services of Wheeler's newest employee, a callow-looking young gunman named Colorado Ryan (Ricky Nelson), who politely turns him down, saying he prefers to mind his own business. In the midst of all of this tension, Feathers (Angie Dickinson), a dance hall entertainer, arrives in town and nearly gets locked up by Chance for cheating at cards, until he finds out that he was wrong and that she's not guilty -- this starts a verbal duel between the two of them that grows more sexually intense as the movie progresses and she finds herself in the middle of Chance's fight. Wheeler is murdered by one of Burgette's hired guns who is, in turn, killed by Dude in an intense confrontation in a saloon. Colorado throws in with Chance after his boss is killed and picks up some of the slack left by Dude, who isn't quite over his need for a drink or the shakes that come with trying to stop. Chance and Burdette keep raising the ante on each other, Chance, Dude, and Colorado killing enough of the rancher's men that he's got to double what he's paying to make it worth the risk, and the undertaker (Joseph Shimada) gets plenty of business from Burdette before the two sides arrive at a stalemate -- Burdette is holding Dude and will release him in exchange for Joe. This leads to the final, bloody confrontation between Chance and Burdette, where the wagons brought to town by the murdered Wheeler play an unexpected and essential role in tipping the balance.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
UPC: 0883929472178
Original Release: 1959
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:21:00
Sales rank: 11,530

Special Features

Commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel; Documentary: Commemoration: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo; Featurette: Old Tuscon: Where the Legends Walked; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Sheriff John T. Chance
Dean Martin Dude
Rick Nelson Colorado Ryan
Angie Dickinson Feathers
Walter Brennan Stumpy
Ward Bond Pat Wheeler
John Russell Nathan Burdette
Estelita Rodriguez Consuelo
Claude Akins Joe Burdett
Malcolm Atterbury Jake
Harry Carey Harold
Bob Steele Matt Harris
Nesdon Booth Clark
George Bruggeman Clem
Bob Terhune Charlie, the Bartender
Ted White Bart
Riley Hill Messenger
Bing Russell Cowboy murdered in saloon
Eugene Iglesias 1st Burdette man in shootout
Fred Graham 2nd Burdette man in shootout
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez Carlos Remonte
Myron Healey Barfly
Tom Monroe Henchman
Robert Donner Actor
Dimitri Tiomkin Conductor

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Jack Williams Stunts

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