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  • Actors: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053WRSKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Civil War veteran seeks out the murderers of his best friend.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Out of Paramount Pictures, Rio Lobo is directed and produced by Howard Hawks (the last film he would direct) and stars John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jeniffer O'Neill, Jack Elam & Christopher Mitchum. It's written by Leigh Brackett & Burton Wohl, musically scored by Jerry Goldsmith and photographed by William H. Clothier on location at Cuernavaca, Mexico & Tuscon, Arizona. It's the third film in a loose trilogy by Hawks & Wayne that follows Rio Bravo (1959) & El Dorado (1966). Plot follows Wayne as Union officer Cord McNally who loses gold shipments (via the railway) to Confederate guerrillas led by Pierre Cordona (Rivero) & Tuscarora Phillips (Mitchum). It's the start of a relationship that will see all parties end up in Rio Lobo, Texas, where a traitor and a despotic sheriff are in their midst.

Rio Lobo is easily the weakest Western that Hawks made with Duke Wayne. He himself would say that he didn't like the film, felt it wasn't any good, while Wayne himself was quoted as saying that he had already made the film twice before. Almost everything about Rio Lobo is tired, from the formula of the story to Wayne sleepwalking thru a role that held no challenge, it's a poor send off for one of America's finest directors. The script is solid enough, with many Hawksian themes evident; and it's nice to see the three lady characters be important to the story, but the cast put around Wayne are poor and out of their depth and this rubs off on the normally professional Wayne who finds he has nothing to act off of.

It's not a total stinker, tho, certainly Clothier's photography and Goldsmith's score are worthy of investing time with, and the lead off sequence involving the train robbery is well put together and stirs the adrenalin.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By websurfer on 11 July 2004
Format: DVD
This 1970 western marked the end of director Howard Hawks carrer. Although this film is not as good as the previous classic Hawks westerns(Red River, Rio Bravo or El Dorado) and this one as a story line similar to Rio Bravo and El Dorado, it is a nice western one of the last made in a classic Hollywood style.
Beguining at the end of the civil war with a fantastic train robbing sequence, Rio Lobo gives Wayne one more chance to display his carisma and blow off the screen the young actors that appear in this picture.
Also with veteran Jack Elam in an amusing role that reprises the Walter Brennan caracther in Rio Bravo.
The dvd presents a nice copy of the film with mono sound and lots of subtitles but being one of Hawks and Waynes westerns and the last film of the director it should have had a documentary. Essential for Wayne/Western/Hawks fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr René Codoni on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The third film (1971) in a trilogy directed by Howard Hawks, varying the idea of a sheriff defending his office against belligerent outlaw elements in the town: the other two films were Rio Bravo (1959) and El Dorado (1966), both also starring John Wayne (Wikipdedia). Hawks' last film of 47 (sic), among which Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Rio Lobo is a praiseworthy last work of a great director; it is also better than its predecessors in the trilogy. Starts in the last days of the American Civil War (1861-65). Wayne, still quite youthful and far away from his last films with an oxygen tent nearby, starts as a Cavalry Colonel, who has a Union payroll train under his command. Despite all precautions, he train falls to the Confederates - clearly by a Union traitor in collaboration with some Confederate officers.

Well, Wayne is angry and morally annoyed, and swears to catch the gangsters: This is a case of treason, not war! His tracing leads him to the town of Rio Lobo, where, after many complications and the help of a number of younger women living in the area on their own - this is late horse only time, as railways have moved in, and also a late men only West - he achieves his target. The emancipation element, by the way, thanks to Hawks' discipline, is treated as a matter of fact (and is hence more impressive, though some female acting is a bit bouncy), and we are also spared sloganeering on the subject.

Acting, camera &c all ok. Five stars, even today, forty years later.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Buzz Pliskin on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I won't waste time reviewing the film, as most of you will have seen this countless times, and concentrate on the Blu Ray itself.

The picture:
The transfer is superb, far superior to the recent Horse Soldiers Blu Ray release, the picture is bright, rich and not overly sharpened. The blacks are pretty solid and the picture holds together in the dark passages, there is obvious grain in certain scenes but this should be expected due to the age of the film.

The sound:
5.1 surround on a John Wayne film! They've done a pretty good job on this, adding sound effects and splitting the soundtrack to give it a sense of space, the spurs literally jump out of the speakers and Jerry Goldsmith's score sounds superb! Don't expect this to be like a modern film, it's not true 5.1 but it does the job.

If only they could enhance the woeful acting by Jennifer O'Neil, however pretty she was I've see chairs with more talent, and a pretty poor effort by Jorge Rivero, the film would get 4 stars. Look out for Mike 'Tarzan' Henry as a sheriff!

All in all an excellent Blu Ray release which is encouraging for future John Wayne releases. 3 out of 5 for the film, taken up to 4 out of 5 as looks and sounds so, so good it actually enhances the watching experience.
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