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Last of the Hawks trilogy. Entertaining, if somewhat unbelievable, story. But this Hawks and Wayne - a duo that was for th most part unbeatable!
I know my opinion may not be universal, but when I watch a film as predictable and surprisingly all around bad as this, the first thought that comes to my mind is that if, not even The Duke can save a movie than it must really be bad.
After the Civil War, a Union colonel hunts for the traitors that provided information to the south for a series of payroll heists. He is helped by a couple of confederates he befriended during the war, who lead him to a town threatened by a corrupt, would-be boss. Howard Hawks' last film and it has similarities to his earlier westerns, Rio Bravo and El Dorado. The production values are lower and the cast outside John Wayne and Jack Elam is a little wobbly, but the movie is entertaining and achieves a similar relaxed and friendly vibe.
When you're John Wayne and you've been in 166 movies, you're bound to be in some great films (Red River, Rio Bravo) and some straight-up stinkers (McLintock). Rio Lobo is dead center of his catalogue. While I dig some of the morality about revenge and war, and there's some undeniable humor (love the dentist), it's also interminably long as it wanders between stories and tones with little grace. I won't even go into the out-of-time sexism.
ok late career Wayne western
Well, what can I say? John Wayne. Not quite as good as Rio Bravo, but still the Duke made Rio Lobo worth watching.
One of my favorite westerns. Great acting and good story. Not the best but definitely worth a watch
Rio Lobo, western film directed by Howard Hawks (the last film by the legendary director). Film stars John Wayne, Jorge Rivero. Alongside with Rio Bravo, El Dorado (all directed and starred by John Wayne) contains visible similarities in plots in terms of lonely lawman taking on bad people in the town. It was filmed at Mexico and Arizona.
Civil War has come to an end. Col. McNally (John Wayne) gold shipment train is ambushed by the confederates - McNally believes that someone from inside the Union was selling out the information. After looting rebels let the train go - after war is over he meets the friendly buddies to seek their help in identifying the mole.
Typical Hawks-fashioned film, offering too witty observation on suspects and as well as suspicious moves beforehand- John Wayne is standout with his hulky physique and threatening postures, also that taunting smirk on his face that is enough to give heart attack to outlaws or corrupt lawman. Splendid set designing, outclass photography. Christopher Mitchum (son of Robert Mitchum) also plays as sidekick for John Wayne.
Howard Hawks final film, which he reportedly later said was no good and blamed Wayne for the film's critical and commercial failure due to his being too old to cary a film. It's a pretty old fashioned film, but compared to the revisionist westerns dominating this era, it's not surprising this film wasn't received well. This same year Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" was released, along with one of the finest non Serigo Leone spaghetti western "Compañeros" along with "Little Big Man," "Monte Walsh," "Ned Kelly," "A Man Called Horse" and "Two Mules for Sister Sara" were all released, which probably made this film seem something of a dinosaur. However, watching the film now, it does stand up as a solidly entertaining old fashioned western. It's certainly not in the same league as Hawkes' "Rio Bravo" or "Red River," but is is in the same category of entertaining westerns such as "El Dorado" or "Hondo." Not a classic, but it's still pretty darn entertaining (Jack Elam as a crazy shotgun toting old coot is impossible to NOT be enjoyable!).
Not well written, but there is an interesting cast And opening story. Elam is silly as always, Wayne leads, Jorge woos and oneill is beautiful.