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Rio Bravo (1959) was a Western - Romance Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks.

Rio Bravo was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2014.

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Sight and Sound Top 250 – #067 Rio Bravo (1959)

By Michael on May 18, 2018 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

As we continue our trip through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Movies of All Time list, we come to #67, Howard Hawk’s Rio Bravo. And as always I’ll note that for those just joining us, you can find a full introduction to what the Sight and Sound Top 250 list is, and a look at the complete l... Read full article


Review: Rio Bravo (1959)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 1, 2017 From 4 Star Films

During the 1930s and 40s, Howard Hawks was an unstoppable force of nature churning out a string of classics year after year: Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, Balls of Fire, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and Red River. All these titles stand as a collective testament to ... Read full article


Review: Rio Bravo (1959)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 1, 2017 From 4 Star Films

During the 1930s and 40s, Howard Hawks was an unstoppable force of nature churning out a string of classics year after year: Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, Balls of Fire, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and Red River. All these titles stand as a collective testament to ... Read full article


Rio Bravo (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 10, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Rio Bravo Directed by Howard Hawks Written by Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett from a short story B.H. McCampbell 1959/USA Warner Bros./Armada Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #365 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die John T. Chance: That’s WHAT I got. Howard Hawks liked thi... Read full article


Rio Bravo (1959)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 19, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Angie Dickinson with direction by Howard Hawks, Rio Bravo is a great western. A sheriff (Wayne) is faced with a difficult task. He must hold a prisoner in jail while the man’s buddies stake out all around town. His only help is the town drunk... Read full article


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Quotes from

Pat Wheeler: If I ever saw a man holdin' a bull by the tail, you're it.


Feathers: Hey, sheriff, you forgot your pants.


Stumpy: Joe don't get no sugar in his coffee; he just gets water poured over the grounds.


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Facts about

Although Harry Carey Jr. was listed in the credits on-screen, he does not appear in the picture. Carey had a drinking problem at the time. He called director Howard Hawks "Howard" instead of "Mr. Hawks" on one of his first days on the set, infuriating Hawks. His contract, including his pay and his screen credit, was honored, but his part (a townsman) was cut.
At the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma you can see the the rifle used by John Wayne (also used in El Dorado) and the hat and shotgun used by Walter Brennan.
Malcolm Atterbury is listed in the credits (Jake, the stage driver), but like Harry Carey Jr., does not actually appear in the final cut of the movie.
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Rio Bravo

Released 1959
Inducted 2014
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