Rent Rio Bravo (1959)

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2h 16min
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Synopsis:
On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous sidekick from jail. On the other is Sherriff John T. Chance and his two deputies: one a drunk, the other a cripple. Place your bets! John Wayne is Chance in 'Rio Bravo', a lean Western classic packing solid heroics around a strong emotional core. He's joined by Dean Martin as the deputy coming off a two-year drunk, Walter Brennan as the old coot whose fiery spirit outmatches his hobbled stride, Ricky Nelson as a youngster out to prove himself by joining the lawmen and Angie Dickinson as a woman with a past who hopes to rope Chance.
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Directors:
Producers:
Howard Hawks
Writers:
Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, B.H. McCampbell
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
27/08/2001
Run Time:
136 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2008
Run Time:
141 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, English Dolby Digital 1.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by director John Carpenter and historian Richard Schickel
  • 2 Slam-Bank All-New Featurettes: Commemoration: Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo, Old Tucson: Where the Legends Walked
  • Career Profile “The Men Who Made the Movies”: Howard Hawks
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/12/2023
Run Time:
141 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Italian Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel

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Reviews (2) of Rio Bravo

Highly rated by the critics - Rio Bravo review by CD

Spoiler Alert
10/08/2020

This is a very highly rated movie which I felt just about lived up to its rating.  Dean Martin  is excellent and the chemistry between John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson is intriguing.  There is a young and very beautiful Angie Dickinson who falls for Wayne instead of the younger stars! The plot is fairly predictable but Walter Brennan as Stumpy introduces the necessary comedy at times - the baddies are bad enough to deserve what they get but not so bad that they spoil the overall good feeling around the movie.  John Wayne shows his usual grit to great effect.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Legendary Western. - Rio Bravo review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
14/09/2022

This was made as a riposte to High Noon which Howard Hawks and John Wayne felt was anti-American, and they mocked the film for the notion that a sheriff would expect the support of his community; he should go out and shoot the bad guys alone. Though, in Rio Bravo, when the outlaws hit town, Duke has enough deputies and allies to fill a minibus.

It imitates the odd couple bromance of Gunfight at the OK Corral. Wayne is the steadfast, sharpshooting Sheriff. Dean Martin is the charismatic, drunken deputy. The films share many similar details, but Rio Bravo is more comic and cartoonish. Minor characters have names like Stumpy and Dude. Angie Dickinson wears feathers and so is called Feathers.

And by the finale, Walter Brennan is throwing sticks of dynamite around like it's Looney Tunes. After Hawks made The Big Sleep he decided that audiences don't care about  thestory, just the comedy and characters. Leigh Brackett wrote both films, and Rio Bravo is a series of archetypal western situations set into a loose narrative. The plot barely matters.

It's a long, episodic film and by the time Dino and Ricky Nelson present a couple of Mariachi ballads, it begins to feel more like a revue. We get a pair of comedy Mexicans and Dickinson reprises the Lauren Bacall persona of earlier Hawks films. But, the director and his star made this to support the human rights abuses of the McCarthy witch hunts. And that really sours the experience.

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