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Rio Bravo [HD DVD] (1959)

John Wayne , Howard Hawks  |  Unrated |  HD DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Wayne
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6XU56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rio Bravo [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

There's a showdown at Rio Bravo when courageous Sheriff John T. Chance throws the brother of evil cattle baron Nathan Burdette in jail for murder. When Burdette's men lay seige to his jailhouse, Chance holds on until the arrival of a U.S. Marshal with the help of his drunken deputy, Dude, cranky old man Stumpy, and the beautiful long-legged Feathers.

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157 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a casual, brilliant film September 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Rio Bravo is one of a handful of movies (see also The Quiet Man) that belies the one-note, tough-guy stereotype that so many people associate with John Wayne. Here he is endearing (his scenes with Walter Brennan are hilarious and genuine) and, dare I say, even somewhat sensitive in his own way (his firm method of "treatment" for Dean Martin's alcoholic character is something a counselor friend of mine finds priceless). The rest of the cast is wonderful as well: Brennan is cranky, Martin is wounded but charismatic, Angie Dickinson is sly and assured and Ricky Nelson, surprisingly, does more than just hold his own and look pretty (*and* he sings a duet with Dean Martin). Everyone involved here obviously had a ton of fun making the movie, but more importantly the film exudes that sense of good cheer without undercutting the narrative tension. Director Howard Hawks certainly had a great deal to do with the quick pacing and the tightness of the ensemble, both of which assure that the film never seems to drag, even in quiet moments. In short, a western for people who don't like westerns and a John Wayne movie for people who don't like John Wayne.
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for Rio Bravo! July 17, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Rio Bravo" is a very entertaining and quality film suitable for the entire family.

The film boasts an all-star cast that boasts a wealth of talent. John Wayne is the tough sherrif John T. Chance, who has to hold a prisoner charged with murder in his small jail awaiting the arrival of the territory judge. Wayne gives one of his best performances. Dean Martin plays Wayne's troubled drunk deputy. Martin surprises everyone by showing just how wonderful an actor he is. In a difficult role, Martin excels. Angie Dickenson is Wayne's love interest. Dickenson's role is also an emotionally challenging bit of acting, but she pulls it off easily with room to spare. Walter Brennan is Wayne's crippled deputy and he also excels and provides comic relief. Brennan is so convincing as the crippled leg deputy that many fans of Brennan believed that he was actually crippled in real life. Brennan walked as good as anyone and it is a tribute to him that he convinced all of us that he had a bum leg! Rounding out the cast is the very young heartthrob Ricky Nelson, who plays "Colorado", a trailhand with a good gun. Nelson is in over his head here as an actor, but was probably included in the film for his ability to bring in the female audience. Ward Bond and Claude Akins round out the excellent cast.

Director Howard Hawks uses the cast to his advantage. His directorship keeps the film moving along at a steady pace. Interestingly, the first several minutes of the film has no dialogue at all! John Wayne speaks the first line about 4 minutes into the film after much action has already taken place.

This film represents Hawks' and Wayne's response to the movie "High Noon", which both men despised.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD movie.... May 25, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rio Bravo is one of John Wayne's more enjoyable movies and this movie is considered to be one of the greatest westerns ever made. Wayne is superbly supported by Dean Martin who also carried the movie as well as Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Angie Dickinson. Great cast, superb script and excellent direction make this movie a viewing a pleasure many times over. It has everything anyone want in a John Wayne movie. Gunfights, fist fights, slow developing story to developed all the main characters and even pacing with a song or two thrown in. So successful was this movie that it was remade two more times as El Dorado and Rio Lobo. Amazingly, all three movies were directed by Howard Hawks and starred John Wayne. Even more amazing is that all three movies proves to be just as good and entertaining as ever.

This two disc Special Edition of Rio Bravo is a definite upgrade in both quality of image as well as sound over the previous release. I found the running commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel to be somewhat enjoyable but the extra features proves to be a disappointment. There are three special features on the second disc. Two of them, Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo and Old Tucson: Where Legends Walked proves to be quite interesting. However, I was pretty disappointed by the main feature of this second disc, Men Who Made Movies: Howard Hawks. This feature I have seen already on Bringing Up Baby two disc edition (superb Katherine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie). I was very unhappy that a documentary already used in one DVD movie was reused for another. Warner Brothers made a cheap move here. (However, if you do not owned Bringing Up Baby, then you will get more out of the second disc then I did.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU-RAY VERSION of "RIO BRAVO"***

Apart from the fact that Ricky Nelson couldn't act to save his life (he plays the fast gun Colorado), the big revelation in Howard Hawks' High Noon rerun is Dean Martin who is just superb as the drink-obsessed Dutch - sidekick to sheriff John Wayne and his trusty buddy Walter Brennnan.

The Blu Ray version is disappointing print wise for the opening credits - there's blocking, speckles on the print etc, but thankfully it doesn't stay that way for long. Although there are other weak points in the transfer later on in the movie, for about 90 % of the time I'd say it looks really good - not great - but certainly better than any other version of it that I've ever seen.

There's a nighttime sequence where one of the bad guys hiding out in a barn near the prison tries to shoot John Wayne - it cuts to Dutch outside worried about his friend inside - the clarity of sweat and dirt on Dean Martin is wonderful to see - and startling. When Angie Dickenson is stopped by John Wayne at her bedroom door suspected of card shark tricks in the saloon she's just left below, her face and clothing look sensational too (what a beauiful woman she was). But then in other places there's a disappointing feeling of the focus being slightly off or the print's vibrancy being washed out.

It might just be that in 1959 the colour process was not quite there yet, but you can't help but feel that if this negative had been given real care and effort - the print would have been a genuine joy to look at - rather than being something that just ellicits the word 'good' out of you every now and then.

"Rio Bravo" is a very good transfer to Blu Ray, but like so many oldies that aren't treated to proper restoration, you can't help but feel that an opportunity was missed here - because it's a Western that's stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graet Movie.
I liked everything about the Movie. It was excellent at the price it was. The streaming was great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Keven Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Rio Bravo Western
If you like great westerns, then you will certainly love this John Wayne classic. I highly recommend both Rio Bravo and El Dorado. Read more
Published 12 days ago by DnL_TN
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I enjoyed the movie so much, I went and bought the dvd. The whole cast played their roles well .
Published 18 days ago by ausreach
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke's High Noon
I read somewhere that John Wayne didn't care for the movie "High Noon". This was his idea of how the concept should be played. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Movie Muncher
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good movie!
I have always liked and remembered this movie with John Wayne and Dean Martin. Dean is the sheriff who has had a trip down drunk alley. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies
Great movie, easy to order.made me want to order more. I wish all the other sites were as easy to work with.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Paul Saavedra Sr
4.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Western
This western showcases some iconic treasures.
John Wayne is the Sheriff a role he made famous many times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine E Turrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow - little action
It is a very watchable and enjoyable movie even 55 years later; but, it is "dated" with little plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Traveling Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bad John
Get a good meal in front of you or a big snack and get ready for BIG FUN, from some seasoned actors in this smart western! Read more
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