Rio Grande (1950)




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The last entry in the John Ford - John Wayne "Cavalry Trilogy", Rio Grande is regarded by many observers as the best of the three. Wayne stars as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, whose devotion to duty has cost him his marriage to his beloved Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara). When Yorke's son Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.) is assigned to his father's post, Yorke is determined not to afford any preferential treatment to the boy-nor to exhibit any sign of love and affection. Sensing Jeff's heartache, Troopers Tyree (Ben … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Kevin McGuinness, James K. McGuinness
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Artisan Entertainment


as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke

as Mrs. Kathleen Yorke

as Trooper Travis Tyree

as Trooper Daniel "Sand...

as Sgt. Maj. Timothy Qu...

as Dr. Wilkins (regimen...

as Lt. Gen. Philip Sher...

as Deputy Marshal

as Capt. St. Jacques

as Margaret Mary

as Lieutenant

as Trooper Jeff Yorke

as Sergeant

as Regimental singer

as Regimental Singer

as Regimental Singer

as Regimental Singer

as Regimental singer

as Regimental Singer

as Sergeant

as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Rio Grande

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

I like it better than the problematic Fort Apache; it's far simpler and more effective.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

In this Ford's Western, part of a trilogy that also includes She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wayne gets to play the tough biological and sociological father of his recruits, which include his son.

Full Review… | August 9, 2006

A minor but enjoyable John Ford and John Wayne collaboration.

Full Review… | July 20, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Rio Grande

Though the least impressive of Ford's three "Cavalry" films, this still is a great film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

The true sequel to Fort Apache in that you get to see what happens to Yorke and the remaining troops. This is a lot more of a relationship based movie than the other two, maybe that's what makes it so powerful. John Wayne's performance is even stronger this time around and he plays such a timeless character. The father/son storyline is such a classic representation, but so well done that it doesn't feel stale. John Ford truly is the greatest pioneer in film-making and took all the risks and leaps that no one else dared to do.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Director John Ford agreed to make this one in a deal with Republic Pictures to secure financing for his pet project, The Quiet Man. Never one to do things half-ass, Ford secured a rather large budget and a top notch supporting cast for his two stars, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Rio Grande isn't Ford's most popular or most acclaimed film, but it's hard to deny it's prototypical old-west charm.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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