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Denver & Rio Grande [Blu-ray] (1952)

Edmond O'Brien , Sterling Hayden , Byron Haskin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger, Lyle Bettger, Kasey Rogers
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Frank Gruber
  • Producers: Nat Holt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007J3ISIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Between 1951 and 1952, director Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds) and star Edmond O'Brien (Silver City) collaborated for three westerns. Edmond O'Brien plays Jim Vesser, a former U.S. Cavalry Officer, now in charge of getting the Denver and Rio Grande tracks across the Rockies first to secure a right-of-way. Standing in his way is the less scrupulous and more ruthless McCabe (Sterling Hayden, The Killing) who's trying to lay his Canyon City and San Juan tracks first. The conflict between the two men turns into guerilla warfare between the two outfits. The excellent cast includes Dean Jagger as General William J. Palmer, Vesser's former commanding officer and Lyle Bettger as Johnny Buff, McCabe's slimy chief gunman.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Paramount Western June 8, 2012
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Edmond O'Brien made several fine Westerns for Paramount Pictures prior to his epochal role in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE. DENVER & RIO GRANDE may be his best outing until that 1962 classic. Starring O'Brien and Sterling Hayden, DENVER & RIO GRANDE is a classic railroad film, one of the best ever made, with a spectacular crash that even today is considered amazing. The film is beautifully shot in Technicolor, with an excellent cast, solid plot and action, and great production values. Although Paramount Pictures tended to make fewer Westerns than other studios in the 1950s, the ones it did make---with Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, John Payne, and O'Brien---were always superior, no expense spared. DENVER & RIO GRANDE is very entertaining and repays re-watching.

Olive Films has been licensing and releasing a number of Paramount Westerns, including SILVER CITY (with O'Brien), PONY EXPRESS (with Heston), THE JAYHAWKERS (with Jeff Chandler and Fess Parker), RUN FOR COVER (Jimmy Cagney' best of his three Westerns), THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY (with Fess Parker) and THE HANGMAN (with Robert Taylor). Let's hope that this very fine series of releases will continue with such excellent Westerns as WARPATH (also with O'Brien) and FLAMING FEATHER (with Sterling Hayden), both superior entertainment and in need of the professional release that Olive Films can give them.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Denver and Rio Grande September 5, 2012
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Being from Colorado originally, the D&RGW's trackage passed near my home in Fraser, Colorado. The history of that railroad is well documented and the DVD follows most accurately the difficulties portrayed in the movie. It was sure great to see it on DVD since I do have it in VHS format. Truly a real gem of a movie!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing western July 2, 2013
By Keoma
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I used to watch this on TBS back when they showed classic movies before TCM. These are the type of movies I have been waiting for on blu-ray and it doesn't disappoint comparing to what it used to look like on broadcast television. I won't give any extended review except to just say that it was worth the price for a good old-fashioned oater and I look forward to purchasing many more for my library. The scenery was gorgeous and there was plenty of action all of which was deftly handled by director Byron Haskin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trains great, plot stupid. July 26, 2012
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As a Narrow gauge fan I love the film. Plot leaves a lot to be desired, Durango to Silverton trains shots wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie with real trains June 11, 2014
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The movie uses real DRGW C-16 engines and crashes two of them headlong. It is worth the viewing just to see these historical pieces. The story is not bad either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denver & Rio Grande Railroad March 24, 2014
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If you love the old narrow gauge there is plenty to enjoy about this movie. Filmed on the Silverton Branch using C16 & C19 locomotives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Denver & Rio Grande February 24, 2014
Not bad Western about a civil war between railroad companies, each that wants to monopolize the regions they run through. The performances are OK, but makes this film great is the rousing action and special effects and the spectacular photography and color. I have rarely seen better. Worth getting for that alone. Highly recommended. Footnote: Laura Elliott, who is the female love interest here played Louise Tate from the third season on the television series Bewitched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TRAIN ADVENTURE January 11, 2014
By C6
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If are interested in trains this is for you. It is a good western with the story about the title. Good print and sound, but it has not been restored. C6
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Film
Terrible film. Good cast of B list actors, but silly story, improbable situations, and implausible sequences. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mr Micawber
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely one for those who like their westerns with trains....
top notch western adventure with a rather spectacular, actual meeting of trains as a finale.
colourful scenery still looks good today.
Published 6 months ago by anton jones
If you like outdoor westerns this one is for you. Beautiful scenery in lush Technicolor. Transfer is sharp. The movie is just so-so but it beats an old episode of BONANZA.
Published 10 months ago by Mark Mcgee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great train pictures
The story is very loosely based on the actual conflict between the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad over the right-of-way through the Royal Gorge in Colorado. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Howard A. Melching
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
I remember watching this on television, back in the 60's. I was pleased to hear it was offered on DVD now. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Duane G. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Another of fine railway movies about the great railroad expansion
I have seen this movie and wanted to own it and add to my collection. It is about the expansion of the railroad west and is pretty accurate in the way companies competed for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by O. L. Williamson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting movie
This was an exciting movie. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. He recommended I buy it because he says it's (loosely) based on a true story.
Published 19 months ago by Sandra L. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of its genre
The history is a bit dodgey and there is a fair amount of 'corn' included but generally the story-line holds up well. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bruce Irwin
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