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Rio Grande Reviews

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October 20, 2016
John Wayne starring western in black and white from 1950 that is reunites Wayne with director John Ford.
It is actually the third film in the 'Cavalry Trilogy' yet the first entry I have watched. The other films I must now see are Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949).
John Wayne films just make you feel good and probably what spur right wing Americans at times.
The story revolves around Captain Kirby York (Wayne) who trains recruits to the US army at a Rio Grande post.
One day his estranged son of 15 years recruits.
Later in the film his estranged wife (Maureen O'Hara) enters proceedings trying to buy her son out of the army.
The youuthful son becomes an accomplished soldier thanks to Wayne's influence and becomes a hero when York leads his men against Mexican Indians who kidnap the posts children.
The film features some great action scenes featuring horse riding stunt work.
The estranged wife elements adds some romance to the film as York reconciles with her.
Apparently this film is viewed as the weaker episode in the Trilogy. I can't wait to view them then!
½ May 31, 2016
Maybe its just me, but this movie seemed routine and average. John Wayne is a hardened calvary commander whose son has failed and is now stationed to where he is. And then his estranged wife enters. Natives kidnap some children. They get them back. The end. Not much else here, a basic action adventure film like any other, and that is why I didn't enjoy it, it had no personality of its own.
½ December 17, 2015
Often called John Wayne's best film and John Ford's masterpiece, I would have to differ on both counts and write that Rio Grande is possibly the worst movie ever made. If repeating the same hackneyed film techniques, dreadful acting, and lame cinematography are the road to success, it is no wonder Hollywood considered Ford to be one of its most successful.
October 31, 2015
Any of John Wayne's movies get a 5 star approval from me.
½ October 19, 2015
a classic cavalry western movie with John Wayne,Maureen O Hara,and supporting cast. Folk singing and nice horses and stunt riding on horses make this movie a must see movie.
July 21, 2015
This movie was released in order for John Ford to direct the Quiet Man.
½ August 8, 2014
A sluggish, unfocused film, Rio Grande has the aura of a routine Western, even if its cast and crew attempt to make it some otherwise.
½ July 31, 2014
Another John Ford/John Wayne classic. Solid plot that isn't all about cavalry vs indians battles. If it was, it would be fairly mundane. No, there's action, and a good dose of human and relationship drama.

Action scenes are great, as is the scenery and cinematography. All this you would expect from John Ford. Shooting a western in black-and-white does not sound like the best idea, but Ford makes it work.

Great performance by John Wayne. He gets to show off a bit more acting range in this movie. There is the usual action-hero John Wayne, and then the romantic, concerned husband/father John Wayne.

Maureen O'Hara is wonderful in the female lead, and stunningly beautiful even in black-and-white.

Good support from Claude Jarman Jr and Chill Wills. J Carroll Naish gets the award for looking exactly like the historical figure he is portraying (General Sheridan).

Only negatives are the singing and that there are a few moments where the plot seems to briefly stall. All the singing and music started to feel like padding after a while. The plot has some "clunky" moments, where you thought - why is that necessary? Minor issues, that's all.
February 5, 2014
wow ummmmn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that john wayne, maureen o hara, ben johnson, claude jarman jr, harry carey jr, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.......i think that the director of this western/action/adventure/classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that the fight scenes were good thorughout this movie.......i think that john wayne was great throughout this movie.......i think that this is a good western movie 2 watch.......i think that this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie......i think that maureen o hara was great throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a good western movie 2 watch........i think that this is such a classics movie 2 watch......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch.......i think that this is such a great classics movie 2 watch.......its got good fight scenes throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a classics westerns movie 2 watch.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a great western movie 2 watch.......i think that john wayne was brilliant thorughout this movie....i think that this is such a great movie 2 watch its so really well directed/written/acted.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a great classics movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie its such an enjoyable western movie 2 watch.........
January 4, 2014
I'll have to confess I liked the part where John Wayne took an arrow in the lung. I suppose that it was to much to hope that they'd killed him. Interesting that they had his arm in a sling for a lung wound though. Well nothing else in the film was at all realistic, I suppose there was no reason to expect that to be.
December 15, 2013
A tender portrait of the bygone era American cavalry. Well defined characters and a progressive view on race make this minor classic enjoyable to contemporary audiences.
June 15, 2013
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.
½ April 29, 2013
As great the trio is of John Wayne Maureen O Hara and John Ford is the film never really seems to remove itself from the drama triangle of mother father and son, Even Fort Apache was able to have a great balance and story conflict and family conflict in one film. Here the balance is one sided
November 25, 2012
As John Ford westerns go 'Rio Grande' is not one of the best. It has enough drama but too few thrills and action scenes to keep it a float.
½ October 7, 2012
kind of sad but it gets better
June 20, 2012
Not as emotionally engaging as it should have been. Naturally, this being a John Ford film, the action sequences are exciting, and Wayne plays one of the roles he obviously liked to play the most - the soldiers' father like figure.
½ May 8, 2012
I always thought this was a pretty dull attempt of a western, everyone is so cliche even for the standards of the time when the movie was made.
February 19, 2012
Having only just watched Liberty Valance, this earlier effort, while competent, isn't the same kind of carefully nuanced film-making.
Super Reviewer
January 10, 2012
The final installment of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, is as intelligent and entertaining as its predecessors. The duke reprises his role as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, the role he first played in Fort Apache, and is rejoined by Ben Johnson who reprises his role his role as Sgt. Tyree from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (confusing I know). Along with other familiar actors from the trilogy, screen goddess Maureen O'Hara provides the eye candy on this occasion, in her first of 5 appearances alongside The Duke.
Rio Grande may not be as memorable as the first 2, but it's got all the right ingrediants that make a great western.
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