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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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The various elements combine to make Rio Bravo one of the most utterly charming old-school Westerns to ever exist where even the most dated or difficult elements (such as Wayne and Dickinson's romantic sub-plot or the film stopping dead to have not one but two songs) only add to what makes the film fun rather than make it seem hokey.