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Rio Lobo [Blu-ray] [1970] [US Import]

John Wayne , Jorge Rivero    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Christopher Mitchum, Jack Elam
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T0XYKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hawks last film 11 July 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars After the war was over 22 Mar 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Among the great Howard Hawks` westerns, it tends to be Red River, Rio Bravo and El Dorado which are (rightly) lauded, while this final Hawks film is simply overlooked or damned with faint praise. This is a shame as I`ve always loved Rio Lobo, not as some kind of last gasp but as a superb `Civil War western` in its own right.
Wayne is at his most relaxed, in the role of a Yankee colonel in the dying days of the war, who - after the event - befriends two young Confederates guerillas, played well by Jorge Rivera and fresh-faced Chris (son of Robert) Mitchum. The plot has them hook up, against their will, with a feisty, flirty young girl played with an enthusiasm which excuses her gaucheness as an actress, by Jennifer O`Neill. Then they all set off for the terrorised town of Rio Lobo to seek out a traitor from the war, and generally clean up the place. Watching Wayne `clean up the place` is a cathartic delight, let me tell you.
Jack Elam is endlessly watchable as a grizzled old loner - who helps them - with an itchy trigger finger and a taste for whisky.
Hawks was a director who loved to portray a group of disparate people with a shared goal, not always seeing eye to eye but respecting each other`s professionalism or merely accepting each other`s flaws.
This might not be as tightly constructed as Rio Bravo, or as great a film as Red River, but it`s a rare treat all the same. There are some nice gags at the expense of the Duke`s age (he was 63 by now, with only a decade to live with the cancer that ravaged his mighty frame) and he himself gives one of his most genial and avuncular performances, as if he`s watching over the impetuous youngsters in his care.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't say comfortable eh? 30 Jan 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Lobo: Last and best of Hawks trilogy 12 Aug 2011
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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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Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. F. BRUNNING
5.0 out of 5 stars Great copy, great price.
Bought this as a gift, big smiles received all around. Packaged well and received on time. Thank you sooooooo much to all concerned. Excellent bargain.
Published 3 months ago by Jim and Juelz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Lobo.
This is a film that l have been after for a that it is in my collection l shall be keeping it!
Published 5 months ago by tony
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Last in the trilogy and by a long way the weakest. Definitely only included by me as an obsessive completist!
Published 7 months ago by Michael J. Keenan
4.0 out of 5 stars A film to be enjoyed
As a John Wayne fan this was a film I had missed. Not one of his greatest but still very enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by Rasher
5.0 out of 5 stars bril
another good film of waynes I will enjoy watching this one again I like his westerns he was a real cowboy
Published 14 months ago by lindarendell
4.0 out of 5 stars Rio Lobo (Blu-ray) {1970}
Thank you for the copy of this disc which arrived promptly on the day and exactly the time given by the carrier I've always been a fan of this movie and cannot understand why... Read more
Published 16 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne at his best.
First class film. Blu ray version makes a great difference I have watched it several times now. Great Great Film.
Published 17 months ago by BRENDAN SWEENEY
4.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne
Not one of the Duke's best films - I saw it at the cinema upin it's relesae and really enjoyed it - seems a bit dated now but still worth a rewatch.
Published 17 months ago by S. Holmes
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