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5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo, 4 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: RIO BRAVO - WAYNE,JOHN [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
Rio Bravo, along with Eldorado, provide a diptych of late Westerns (I shall explain what I mean by that term, in a minute) at their best from a master director, Howard Hawks, who essayed many film genres and hardly never had a dud that I know about in any of them.

I personally think that Rio Bravo is slightly superior to the Eldorado, particularly because of that superlative supporting actor Walter Brennan. To add to that, Angie Dickinson provides far more than just the perfunctory love interest which is supplied in Eldorado. Though it has to be said that the James Caan is far more assured in his introductory screen role than Ricky Nelson.

What do I mean by 'late Western'. In a late Western, the interplay of character and an articulate, often witty script is just as important as the gunplay. Hawks minted a particular style of naturalistic conversational interplay, at least by the standard of the times, which was all his own.

In short, Rio Bravo is the classical Hollywood film through which to unwind. Sit back and let the stars, director and writers entertain you. They can't make them like that any more.
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