Rio Bravo (1959)
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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
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The movie is simultaneously an apogee of the classic Western style, with its principled violence in defense of just law, and an eccentrically hyperbolic work of modernism, which yokes both bumptious erotic comedy and soul-searing rawness to the mission.
To watch Rio Bravo is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing, and the 141-minute running time flows past like running water.
Wayne, of course, walks off with the show -- not by doing anything in particular, but simply by being what he is: at 51, still one of the most believable he-men in Hollywood.
Despite its slickness, virility, occasional humor and, if it may be repeated, authentic professional approach, it is well-made but awfully familiar fare.
Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants.
Warm, witty and endlessly welcoming, not only is it the filmmaker's finest Oater -- better even than the sparkling Red River -- it's arguably the quintessential Hawks flick.
A definitive piece of Americana by way of Howard Hawks, Rio Bravo is what the late 1950s studio system was all about
[VIDEO] "Rio Bravo" (1959) is Howard Hawkes's shamelessly commercial Western.
If Only Angels Have Wings is the foremost masterwork of the director's early period, Rio Bravo is that of the later, even more genial years.
Texecution is superb in every department, making this one of the classics of the genre
Flawlessly cast, complex, amusing and exciting, the film integrates multi-layered themes into a unified and satisfying whole.
Although Rio Bravo rather ambles along, it still has enough good points to make it a genial viewing experience.
Rio Bravo may not be a perfect film, but it's close enough as to not matter.
... one Hawks' greatest films, perhaps his masterpiece, and one of the finest westerns of all time.
No matter what you think of Zinnemann's High Noon (I'm mixed), it's directly responsible for the making of Hawks' most entertaining and classic Western, which displays all of his thematic concerns, such as the emergence of an intimate male camaraderie
Audience Reviews for Rio Bravo
- Dude: My name is Dude, and I'm an alcoholic.
- Feathers: Me, I just talk all the time.
- Sheriff John T. Chance: You most certainly do.
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