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  • Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: B.H. McCampbell, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Greek, Icelandic, Turkish, Hungarian, Croatian, French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Vision
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N9MB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When it comes down to naming the best Western of all time, the list usually narrows to three completely different pictures: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo, Hawks' Red River and John Ford's The Searchers. About the only thing they all have in common is that they all star John Wayne. But while The Searchers is an epic quest for revenge and Red River, a sweeping cattle-drive drama, Rio Bravo is a much calmer film. Basically, it comes down to Sheriff John T Chance (Wayne), his alcoholic friend Dude (Dean Martin), the hotshot new kid Colorado (Ricky Nelson), and deputy-sidekick Stumpy (Walter Brennan), sittin' around in the town jail, drinkin' black coffee, shootin' the breeze, and occasionally singin' a song. Hawks--who, like his pal Ernest Hemingway, lived by the code of "grace under pressure"--said he made Rio Bravo as a rebuke to High Noon, in which sheriff Gary Cooper begged for townspeople to help him. So, Hawks made Wayne's Sheriff Chance a consummate professional--he may be getting old and fat, but he knows how to do his job, and he doesn't want amateurs getting mixed up in his business; they could get hurt. If the configuration of characters sounds familiar, it should: Hawks remade Rio Bravo two more times--as El Dorado in 1967, with Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan; and as Rio Lobo in 1970, with Wayne, Jack Elam, and Christopher Mitchum. The film achieved additional notoriety in the 90s when Quentin Tarantino revealed that he uses it as a litmus test for prospective girlfriends. --Jim Emerson,


No-nonsense Texas border sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) fights off ruthless mercenary gunmen in order to keep a murderer in custody. A ragtag band of volunteers, consisting of a singing kid, a toothless old man, a recovering alcoholic, and a spunky woman, assists.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Apart from the fact that Ricky Nelson couldn't act to save his life (he plays the fast gun Colorado), the big revelation in Howard Hawks' High Noon rerun is Dean Martin who is just superb as the drink-obsessed Dutch - sidekick to sheriff John Wayne and his trusty buddy Walter Brennan.

The Blu Ray version is disappointing print wise for the opening credits - there's blocking, speckles on the print etc, but thankfully it doesn't stay that way for long. Although there are other weak points in the transfer later on in the movie, for about 90 % of the time I'd say it looks really good - not great - but certainly better than any other version of it that I've ever seen.

There's a night time sequence where one of the bad guys hiding out in a barn near the prison tries to shoot John Wayne - it cuts to Dutch outside worried about his friend inside - the clarity of sweat and dirt on Dean Martin is wonderful to see - and startling. When John Wayne stops Angie Dickenson at her bedroom door suspected of card shark tricks in the saloon she's just left below, her face and clothing look sensational too (what a beautiful woman she was). But then in other places there's a disappointing feeling of the focus being slightly off or the print's vibrancy being washed out.

It might just be that in 1959 the colour process was not quite there yet, but you can't help but feel that if this negative had been given real care and effort - the print would have been a genuine joy to look at - rather than being something that just elicits the word 'good' out of you every now and then.

"Rio Bravo" is a very good transfer to Blu Ray, but like so many oldies that aren't treated to proper restoration, you can't help but feel that an opportunity was missed here - because it's a Western that's stood the test of time.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Lewis on 17 July 2007
Format: DVD
Hawks' great film finally gets a special edition DVD release. RIO BRAVO is one of the finest American Westerns from one of the greatest American filmmakers, although sadly the cult of Hawks seems to be waning amongst younger film fans. Nevertheless, this 'special edition' DVD release of RIO BRAVO is exemplary, a dream come true for the film's fans. The documentaries are brilliant, offering great insight into Hawks' craft and themes, and the commentary track with Richard Shickel and John Carpenter is excellent: Carpenter clearly knows this important and influential movie inside out, and on the commentary track he laments the way in which society has turned against the professionalism of Hawks and now venerates the amateur. Nowhere is this more apparent than in modern popular cinema, where the professionalism, honesty and narrative economy of a filmmaker like Hawks seems to have been almost completely neglected in favour of spectacle and narrative 'flab'.

If you're a fan of the movie, no doubt you've already made up your mind and ordered this disc; if you've never seen RIO BRAVO before and are considering ordering the DVD, please do so--you won't regret it, and you'll see how one of the best examples of how movies used to be made, and perhaps more importantly how more modern movies should be made.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Prufrock on 7 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
One of the best westerns ever made, this is the typical Howard Hawks movie. Themes of friends coming together, loyalty and an unwritten code of honour run through the film. With an assured hand, tough and a gentle, yet never dull, Hawks first lets us understand who these people are; from Dean Martin's drunk (caused by a woman) to Ricky Nelson's novice hired gun who has more morals than he suspects the cast fill the screen with an ambling warmth.
Leading them all is Wayne in one of his most relaxed, iconic performances. He is as straight as a arrow and uncorruptable. What really makes this fun though is his growing romance with Angie Dickinson's saloon moll. Wayne and Dickinson do the usual Hollywood dance, but with enough sassy dialogue and feeling to make one wonder why they didn't appear more together on celluloid. Add to this great action scenes and it all adds up to a great movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
Format: DVD
"Rio Bravo"(59) is the perfect film to show on a team building course. It shows how a small band of disparate professionals can come together to make a formidable adversary. It is also the director Howard Hawks response to "High Noon"(52) where he perceived the town sheriff in the film played by Gary Cooper to be "Running around like a headless chicken looking for help". The sheriff in this film John T Chance played by John Wayne needs to do no such thing. He is calmness personified.

In the film Wayne arrests Claude Akins for the cold blooded murder of a man. This puts him up against Akins wealthy rancher brother who has a small army at his disposal. The odds are stacked heavily against Chance and his team. He has Dude a drunken deputy, played by Dean Martin in his finest screen role, and the geriatric Stumpy played by Walter Brennan. Later Colorado played by Ricky Nelson joins them after the murder of his boss Ward Bond. It does not look promising, but the team begin to gel and they are all good at what they do. The scene is set for an explosive finale.

John Wayne made four Westerns with Howard Hawks. The magnificent epic "Red River"(48),"Rio Bravo", "El Dorado"(67) and "Rio Lobo"(70). Whilst the first two are magnificent films, the last two show a decline in Hawks powers. "Rio Lobo" is particularly disappointing. "El Dorado" is simply a remake of "Rio Bravo" with Mitchum in the Dean Martin role and Arthur Hunnicut in the Brennan role. "Rio Bravo" features three songs to accommodate Rick Nelson and Dean Martin, the best of these being "My Rifle, my pony and me". The songs are good fun and assist in the team bonding process. Angie Dickenson also turns up as the very alluring saloon girl Feathers, who is a distraction for John T.
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