Howard Hawks directs John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, John Ireland, Noah Beery, Jr. and Joanne Dru in this classic western about the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. A western mutiny on the bounty and one not to be missed. The cinematography is beautiful and Ford commented on Wayne's perfomance that he always knew the big lug could act, he was just never able to get the kind of perfomance out of him that Hawks did!
Rio Bravo is a western that's rich in characterization and great dialogue; it also doesn't lack its share of awesome shootouts. John Wayne and Dean Martin give Oscar-worthy performances. Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan aren't too bad themselves. A fine film worth watching over and over again.
Nothing more than a typical western that clumsily tries to be more.
Reviewed by NWRdr4 for The Searchers at 2010-02-06 21:04:26
I'm not sure I understand the hype for this film. A complex character study? No way.
The main flaw: John Wayne's racist, obsessed character, Ethan, is (at one point in the film) ready to shoot his niece for becoming "a buck" (think Dances with Wolves). Yet, near the end of the movie, as he's chasing her down, he suddenly decides to save her, and carry her off into the sunset. This is not characterization--it's a cop-out, the writer's way of saying "I'm too lazy to do anything else, so I'll throw this at the audience." It's frustrating as hell, considering the many great moments the movie had. The scene should've been fleshed-out, so that we can see some epiphany that Ethan comes to.
Anyway, if you wanna see a good John Wayne western there's plenty other better ones you can watch.
This is one of those movies i have to watch when I come across it on cable. Wayne and Martin have great chemistry, and Brennan adds just the right amount of humor. Wayne is basically playing Wayne by this time, but he's so #!@%*# good at it, you just have to go along.