Dir. Howard Hawks. 1959, 141 mins. Restored 35mm print. With John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ricky Nelson. A taciturn yet compassionate small-town sheriff (Wayne) enlists the help of a cantankerous old deputy (Brennan), a drunk (Martin), a young gunfighter (Nelson), and a tough yet tender ex-gambler (Dickinson) in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of a local outlaw. In his influential book Howard Hawks, Robin Wood wrote, “If I were asked to choose a film that would justify the existence of Hollywood, I think it would be Rio Bravo.”
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