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on June 18, 2017
I grew up watching 'Rio Grande' on VHS. I've been looking for a reasonably priced version of this film on DVD for some time. Finally, I found this! I own a lot of classic films from the 30s, 40s and 50s on DVD, and many of them have rather poor audio (I have to turn the volume way up on the TV and use a sound bar on the highest volume, to). This one has amazing, clear sound. No static, either. The picture is really great as well. Most of the time these classic films on DVD usually end up cut off on the sides, and the picture overall is smaller. This one fills up the whole screen. It's made for a wonderful experience, to watch this old favorite again! My hat's off to the folks that brought this movie to DVD!
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on April 20, 2017
Love this movie. If you love John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, you will love this movie too.
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on August 20, 2016
One of the Trio of Cavalry movies to include "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". This is by far is the hardest to find on TV and is very seldom seen. Totally enjoyed this movie-have purchased it and am awaiting it's arrival. If you're a John Wayne fan-you'll really enjoy this one (in my Humble opinion)
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on January 4, 2008
Every one who knows the making of this movie knows it was made as part of the deal John ford made in order to get funding for The Quiet Man. That is true. That is also irrelevant. Whatever reason Mr Ford had for making a movie, he had an even greater reason for not wanting his name associated with a mediocre, slipshod production. He asked for and got a good budget and it shows in every phase of the movie. The contract called for black and white film, but the camera work is state of the art and Mr Ford made full use of the wonderful contrast that black and white film is famous for. The plot is tight and every scene in the movie proceeds as a logical developement of what went before. The acting is presented by one of the best cast in western movie history. The stunt work is phenomenal. Pay particular attention to the Roman riding scene. That scene alone is worth the price of a ticket. This scene introduces Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr, who along with Claude Jarman Jr nearly steal the show as a trio of friends drawn together because they all came from the Old South
And let's not forget the music by the Sons Of The Pioneers. Most people mist up to hear "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen", if only for its relevance to the plot, but there are two other songs worth mentioning.
One was an old Irish ballad suggested by Maureen O'Hara. American viewers might not understand why all the Irish actors were shedding tears. The reason is that the song is an allegory. The old lady cutting nettles was Ireland, forced into bitter poverty and famine by the English Occupation, and the bold Fenian boys were Irish patriots who fought and died trying to end the Occupation. The song is sung from the viewpoint, after many years, of the last survivor.
The other song was Oh-oh San Antone, which was written by Dale Evans, known to all as the wife of Roy Rogers, the former lead singer of the Sons Of The Pioneers. It's interesting to note that it's the only song in the movie that isn't sung by the Sons Of The Pioneers. It's sung by Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey Jr., and Ben Johnson. That is the only modern song in the movie, but it fits because it's just the kind of song that might be sung by a bunch of good friends sitting around playing cards on a summer evening.
The movie also worth watching because it's the first time John Wayne appeared on screen with Maureen O'Hara. They struck sparks every time the came together and this time was no exception.
Much is made of the famous "cavalry Trilogy". In my opinion, this is the best of the three. To be fair, I must admit that part of that opinion may be the result having watched Fort Apache so many times on television that I have forgotten the effect of watching it for the first time. It's kind of like having eaten Crepe Suzette so many times that it ends up tasting like just another pancake with a fancy syrup. You forget what a great dish it really is.
She Wears A Yellow ribbon is pretty good, but the ending seems kind of contrived. It looks like the studio bosses didn't care for having John Wayne just riding off into the West and forced Mr Ford to add a piece that allowed him to rejoin the Army and ride off with the cavalry into history.
Everyone who loves westerns, everyone who admires John Wayne, Maureen Ohara fans, John Ford fans, or anyone who loves action movies will enjoy this movie.
PS. Why "cavalry trilogy"? Mr ford and Mr Wayne made four cavalry movies. Was Quadrology so hard for semiliterate people (like most movie critics) to say that they quietly dropped "The Horse Soldiers" into limbo. Or was it snobbery because John Waynes character in that movie was not a career Officer? Or was it because the action took place in the South rather than the West? Anyone from Virginia to Texas can tell you that the Confederate Army was at least a hundred times more dangerous than any Indian tribe that ever existed. Never mind. Any John Wayne fan will want all four, whether you call it a trilogy plus another good movie, or just part Of the John Ford - John Wayne series of outstandingly good westerns.
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on May 25, 2012
there really isn't a lot to say about Rio Grande except it is part of a famous John Ford Wester Triolgy. I now have all three. Fort Apache, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande. all three films feature John Wayne and have excellent supporting casts, mostly drawn from John Fords group of character actors. if you're s dedicated film buff like myslf or just a casual viewer, these films are classic and can be enjoyed in mutiple viewings.
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on April 22, 2017
Can't beat the Duke. Excellent dvd.
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on March 1, 2017
A great movie with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
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on June 7, 2005
Many Great Westerns have been the results of Director and Star partnerships none more so than John Ford and John Wayne From STAGECOACH (1939) to THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962). Just about in the middle of this period they made three films regarded as Ford's Cavalry Trilogy. As well as John Wayne, Victor McLagen (A former Ford favourite) would also appear in all three! FORT APACHE (1948) SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) and RIO GRANDE (1950).

In RIO GRANDE John Wayne reprises his role of Kirby Yorke from FORT APACHE. John Ford had just completed WAGONMASTER (1950) starring Ward Bond in the title role along with Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jnr both who no doubt for a matter of convenience retained their names of Travis (Tyree) and Sandy (Boone) from WAGONMASTER. Ben Johnson also played Sgt Tyree in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. The film also stars Maureen O'Hara as Wayne's estranged screen wife, Claude Jarman Junior as their son and last but not least J. Carrol Naish as Lt Gen Phil Sheridan.

The story is basically a study of reconciliation between the Wayne and O'Hara characters during the Apache wars. Beautifully shot in black and white plenty of images on the skyline, as well as that of the troops encampment and on the move.
The horse riding sequences are outstanding it's reputed that Johnson, Carey and the young Jarmen did all the Roman (standing on two horses whilst going at full gallop) style riding. Ben Johnson was a former stunt rider and double and it's these three who are the real heroes of the piece!

As usual with most John Ford films we have several comic set pieces as well as the frequent accompaniment by "The Sons of the Pioneers" (A singing group previously lead by Roy Rogers). John Wayne was in a purple patch at this stage of his career having had critical acclaim for the aforementioned SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON and Howard Hawkes RED RIVER (1948). Any John Ford / John Wayne aficionado will have a field day with this release, but any Western fan should find much to enjoy in this top quality Collector's Edition DVD

This Rio Grande Collector's Edition DVD along with Trailers (All digitally remastered). Plus extras
"THE MAKING OF RIO GRANDE" Hosted by Leonard Maltin
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on August 11, 2017
Very pleased with purchase.
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on September 7, 2016
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