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Rio Grande (1950)

John Wayne , Maureen O'Hara , John Ford  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey Jr.
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: James Kevin McGuinness, James Warner Bellah
  • Producers: John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0782010059
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rio Grande" on IMDb

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The last and least memorable of John Ford's famous cavalry trilogy (following Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), Rio Grande nonetheless has an interesting continuity about the gentlemanly rules of military conduct. Here the focus is on the family. While creating a heated controversy over his handling of the Apache war, John Wayne must also contend with disgruntled wife Maureen O'Hara and estranged son Claude Jarman Jr., a new recruit trying to earn his father's love and respect. Ford seems to suggest that there are two conflicting codes of honor in every cavalry officer's life, the personal as well as the professional, and that it takes an act of heroism to maintain both. It's fascinating to observe Wayne's progression throughout the trilogy, as his personal stakes intensify. Also, this is the first of five onscreen appearances between the Duke and O'Hara, each filled with a competitive spirit and stormy sexuality. --Bill Desowitz

Product Description

2000 - Artisan Dist - John Wayne Collection - Republic Pictures - (1950) - RIO GRANDE - A John ford Film - starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr, Harry Carey Jr, Chill Wills, J. Carroll Naish, Victor McLaglen - Classic Western - B&W - Run Time 105 Minutes - Special Features: Featurette on Making Rio Grande / Digitally Remastered / Original Trailer - Features Run Time 21 Mintures - NEW - Mint in Package - Collectible

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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
'Rio Grande', the last of director John Ford's 'unofficial' Cavalry Trilogy, has often been unfairly judged the 'weakest' of the three westerns. Certainly, it lacks the poetic quality of 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon', or the revisionist view of a thinly-disguised reworking of the events surrounding the death of George Armstrong Custer ('Fort Apache'), but for richness of detail, a sense of the camaraderie of cavalrymen, an 'adult' (in the best sense of the word) love story, and a symbolic 'rejoining' of North and South conclusion that may have you tapping your toe, 'Rio Grande' is hard to beat!
It is remarkable that 'Rio Grande' ever got to the screen; Ford hadn't planned to make it, but in order to get Republic Pictures to agree to his demands for 'The Quiet Man' (he wanted the film to be shot on location in Ireland, and in color), he had to agree to do a 'quickie' western that would turn a quick profit for the usually cash-strapped studio. This is, perhaps, a reason why the film is held in less esteem than it deserves. 'Rio Grande' may have not been born with high expectations, but with John Ford in the director's chair, and John Wayne and the Ford 'family' in the cast and crew, the potential for something 'special' was ALWAYS present!
A few bits of trivia to enhance your viewing pleasure: Yes, that IS Ken Curtis, singing with The Sons of the Pioneers, in the film...while uncredited, he made a favorable impression with Ford, and soon became a part of his 'family'...
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Rio Grande, shot in glorious black and white, is in a way the most colorful of the three cavalry movies that John Ford made with John Wayne. As in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" Wayne is in the starring role but a fetchingly mature Maureen O'Hara is able to hold her own with Wayne and become as powerful a figure in the story. Much of the fun of watching this picture is the on screen chemistry of Wayne and O'Hara, they are totally believable as lovers and as equals. It must be duly noted that they are supported by the John Ford stock company and they are seldom showcased as well as this. Of particular note are superb efforts by Harry Carey, and Ben Johnson who carry their parts in an easy and natural style, and Victor Mclaglen who reprises his Sgt. Quincanon from "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". The DVD edition was digitized from the original negative and it is indeed beautiful. The soundtrack is also clear although a trifle shrill at times. Wayne, with mustache and crumpled hat never looked better, Victor Young's score is rousing, and Ford is at his sentimental and poignant best in this "must see" western classic.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trilogy Completed September 5, 2003
Format:DVD
This is the third of Ford's films which focus on the U.S. Cavalry and its violent encounters with the Apache. Wayne's role in each is quite different. He is a subordinate officer in Fort Apache, a commanding officer about to retire in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and again a commanding officer in this film but estranged from his wife Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara), and son Jeff (Claude Jarman, Jr.) among the men he commands. Lieutenant Kirby Yorke (Wayne) resembles Woodrow F. Call in Lonesome Dove (played by Tommy Lee Jones) who refuses to show any favoritism or even affection whatsoever to his son. (In fact, Call denies his fatherhood.) Of course, Ford ensures that husband and wife are reunited by the end of the film; also, that father and son become close after Trooper Yorke plays a key role in helping to rescue children captured by the Apache and thereby earns his commanding officer's (and father's) respect. A similar relationship exists in Red River except that the conflict is resolved without a brawl. Personally, I would have preferred less reliance on Irish ballads, the focus on Yorke's marital conflicts, and what I view as the macho element of which Ford was so fond. Nonetheless, Wayne's performance is outstanding and the sequence by which the children is rescued is brilliantly portrayed. In additional to much improved sound and image, this DVD version also offers several excellent supplementary features which include a scene-specific commentary with Maureen O'Hara, a mini-documentary "Along the Rio Grande with Maureen O'Hara," and "The Making of Rio Grande" hosted by Leonard Maltin.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Rio Grande" April 22, 2001
Format:DVD
This film marks the first of five films that John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara made together. Once John Ford got a somewhat reluctant Republic mogul Herbert Yates to agree to produce his long-time dream "The Quiet Man" - Yates added a "condition." That condition was that the same team, Maureen O'Hara, Duke Wayne, do a western film first, to make up for the money he anticipated 'losing' on "The Quiet Man."
Yates must have had to eat a lot of crow because not only was "Rio Grande" a box office success, but "The Quiet Man" went on to become an all-time classic masterpiece. "Rio Grande" is an exceptionally wonderful film, and I feel is equal to "The Quiet Man" in it's own genre (Calvalry/western). It is romantic, sensitive, full of action, and everything you would expect from hero John Wayne...and his lovely lady, Maureen O'Hara - plus a happy ending.
This is a subject close to my heart because I maintain a website on Ms. O'Hara and have interviewed her, as well as many of her peers, including Harry Carey, Jr., Anna Lee and John Agar. The chemistry of O'Hara and Wayne in itself is an interesting study and long underrated by Hollywood historians....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another John Wayne movie
I have several John Wayne movies and love them all. Rio Grande is just one more of his great movies
Published 3 days ago by Roger Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
This is a true western from it era that is well directed and well acted. It does not depend upon copius violence, sex, foul language or special effects to make it a dramatic movie... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jack B. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise...
Hadn't seen this before, and it was a nice surprise...one of the better old Dukers compare to so many of the silly ones...
Published 5 days ago by Secra20
1.0 out of 5 stars review of rio grande
this was the worst john wayne movie I have ever saw. this is why I only gave one star. very dull for jpohn wayne.
Published 7 days ago by santa claus
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one.
John Wayne and Maureen Ohara at their best. Great supporting cast and a story told with humor, romance, and adventure. Be sure to watch the other two-thirds of the trilogy.
Published 16 days ago by Vince Raya
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie for Ford and Wayne!
Classic John Wayne, but more vanilla than most of his pictures. Seemed to lack in some ways. I liked it though!
Published 16 days ago by D R Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classically great film. John Wayne at his best. This film never gets old, I watch it over and over again.
Published 18 days ago by Jalilah
5.0 out of 5 stars I love John Wayne
This is one movie where he and the entire cast just SHINED!!! It did need Ward Bond though. Still a great movie!
Published 18 days ago by Nicholas Donvito Sr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the calvery
Very military and kept interest, didn't go to sleep at all. Stayed with it the whole show.
A good family show.
Would recommend to all.
Published 19 days ago by Gerald H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Ford
Part love story, part action western, the best of both. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in their first film together, what chemistry!
Published 22 days ago by S. Fisher
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