Rio Bravo
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Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Rio Bravo is a story of men (and women) and a town under siege. Presidio County Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), a worthless, drunken thug, for the murder of an unarmed man in a fight in a saloon -- the problem is that Joe is the brother of wealthy land baron Nathan Burdette (John Russell), who owns a big chunk of the county and can buy all the hired guns he doesn't already have working for him. Burdette's men cut the town off to prevent Chance from getting Joe into more secure surroundings, and then the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The movie is simultaneously an apogee of the classic Western style, with its principled violence in defense of just law, and an eccentrically hyperbolic work of modernism, which yokes both bumptious erotic comedy and soul-searing rawness to the mission."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Rio Bravo is a big, brawling western."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"[VIDEO] "Rio Bravo" (1959) is Howard Hawkes's shamelessly commercial Western."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Texecution is superb in every department, making this one of the classics of the genre"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"To watch Rio Bravo is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing, and the 141-minute running time flows past like running water."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Warm, witty and endlessly welcoming, not only is it the filmmaker's finest Oater -- better even than the sparkling Red River -- it's arguably the quintessential Hawks flick."
‑ , Total Film
"If Only Angels Have Wings is the foremost masterwork of the director's early period, Rio Bravo is that of the later, even more genial years."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"A lengthy, leisurely paced film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wayne, of course, walks off with the show -- not by doing anything in particular, but simply by being what he is: at 51, still one of the most believable he-men in Hollywood."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Despite its slickness, virility, occasional humor and, if it may be repeated, authentic professional approach, it is well-made but awfully familiar fare."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A definitive piece of Americana by way of Howard Hawks, Rio Bravo is what the late 1950s studio system was all about"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Classic Western with superb story telling."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Faultless, freewheeling-and very funny."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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