Rio Bravo (1959)

HOWARD HAWKS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

USA, 1959.  Warner Bros., Armada Productions. Screenplay by , , based on the short story by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

John Wayne is terrific as the sheriff of a dusty western town who has invited all manner of trouble when he imprisons the brother of a famous criminal. The bad guy and his goons check in to the hotel across the street from the town jail, and the time is spent just waiting for the bad shit to go down.  and Walter Brennan make for great cinema as the sheriff’s deputies, both layabouts in their own way and each of them incredibly charming, plus cute little  is on hand as the pipsqueak with the desperate urge to fire a gun. The camaraderie between the leads make for the film’s most enjoyable element, while the rest of the entertainment is provided by ‘s fantastic performance as the shady woman staying in the hotel and romancing our hero. It rarely gets better than this. The later favourite El Dorado was a retread on the same story.

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