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Rio Bravo


John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan View All


Jules Furthman (Screenplay), Leigh Brackett (Screenplay), Howard Hawks (Director) View All

Released: Mar. 18th, 1959
Runtime: 2 hours, 21 minutes
The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and...
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I'd still say that The Searchers is the best (and The Shootist is surprisingly great as well), but while those films are good, they tend to be largely dramatic affairs where any comic elements serve to provide the levity necessary to preventing the films in question becoming too dark and miserable.