Rio Grande (1950)




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The last entry in the John Ford-John Wayne "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars Wayne as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, whose devotion to duty has cost him his marriage. When Yorke's son Jeff is assigned to his father's post, Yorke is determined not to afford any preferential treatment to the boy.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Artisan Entertainment


John Wayne
as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
Maureen O'Hara
as Mrs. Kathleen Yorke
Ben Johnson
as Trooper Travis Tyree
Harry Carey Jr.
as Trooper Daniel `Sandy' Boone
Victor McLaglen
as Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon
Chill Wills
as Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)
J. Carroll Naish
as Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
Grant Withers
as Deputy Marshal
Peter Ortiz
as Capt. St. Jacques
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton
as Capt. Prescott
Karolyn Grimes
as Margaret Mary
Alberto Morin
as Lieutenant
Stan Jones
as Sergeant
Claude Jarman Jr.
as Trooper Jefferson `Jeff' Yorke
Fred Kennedy
as Heinze
Chuck Roberson
as Officer
Ken Curtis
as Regimental singer
Hugh Farr
as Regimental Singer
Carl Farr
as Regimental Singer
Lloyd Perryman
as Regimental Singer
Shug Fisher
as Regimental singer
Tommy Doss
as Regimental Singer
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Cliff Lyons
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Rio Grande

All Critics (12)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Olive Films' barebones platter for the often overlooked third part of Ford's cavalry trilogy is an essential buy for fans of the director, despite a slapdash presentation.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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February 22, 2008

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
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
Randy Tippy

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