Rio Bravo

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Time Out says

Arguably Hawks' greatest film, a deceptively rambling chamber Western made in response to the liberal homilies of High Noon. Here the marshal in need of help is Wayne, desperately fending off a clan of villains determined to release the murderer he's holding in jail until the arrival of the state magistrate. Unlike Cooper, however, he rejects rather than courts offers of help, simply because his supporters are either too old (Brennan), too young (Nelson), female (Dickinson) or alcoholic (Martin). Thus the film becomes an examination of various forms of pride, prejudice and professionalism, as the various outcasts slowly cohere through mutual aid to form one of the director's beloved self-contained groups. Little of the film is shot outdoors, with a subsequent increase in claustrophobic tension, while Hawks peppers the generally relaxed and easy narrative - which even takes time out to include a couple of songs for Dino and Ricky - with superb set pieces: Dino's redemptory shooting of a fugitive villain; the explosive finale in which Duke realises he needs all the help he can get. Beautifully acted, wonderfully observed, and scripted with enormous wit and generosity, it's the sort of film, in David Thomson's words, which reveals that 'men are more expressive rolling a cigarette than saving the world'.
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1959

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141 mins

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SAKARA

Only a few years away from A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS---with hawks' movie very inferior to that, with dean martin and ricky nelson never coming off as cowboys.

philip chance

Sometimes it seems Rio Bravo is Star Wars for baby boomers we love it with a passion which is inexplicable to other generations. Maybe because John Wayne displays a sweetness and charm in that isn`t touched in the boorishness of his Ford movies. Maybe because Walter Brennan`s undervalued impeccable performance is the highlight of a brillant career Or is it that this is the only time Dean Martin seems open and human. As the film progresses the mood lightens and we see that Hawks has fooled us into thinking we are just watching a western when in fact we are also watching a feel good comedy. Maybe that`s why we love-it actually makes you feel good AND it`s a Western-baby boomer paradise!

philip chance

Sometimes it seems Rio Bravo is Star Wars for baby boomers we love it with a passion which is inexplicable to other generations. Maybe because John Wayne displays a sweetness and charm in that isn`t touched in the boorishness of his Ford movies. Maybe because Walter Brennan`s undervalued impeccable performance is the highlight of a brillant career Or is it that this is the only time Dean Martin seems open and human. As the film progresses the mood lightens and we see that Hawks has fooled us into thinking we are just watching a western when in fact we are also watching a feel good comedy. Maybe that`s why we love-it actually makes you feel good AND it`s a Western-baby boomer paradise!