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Rio Bravo
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Directed By
Howard Hawks

Written By:
Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman

John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, Claude Akins, Bob Steele, John Russell, Harry Carey Jr., Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez

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Rio Bravo (1959)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
January 14th, 2012


I don't get it! I really don't.

This film has got to be one of the most tired and lethargic big-budget Westerns ever produced this side of the frickin' Rio Grande. I ain't kiddin'!

Like, how could this film ever get away with being so over-rated for all of these years?

Everything about RIO BRAVO was tired-tired-tired, including the 52 year-old JOHN WAYNE, who looked like he was about ready to nod off at any minute in this one.

At 140 l-o-n-g minutes, I must say that RIO BRAVO definitely pushed the limits when testing one's overall patience and tolerance. I believe that at least 30 minutes could've easily been cut from RIO BRAVO's running time and no one would've noticed the diff, one way, or the other.

Considering the so-called "star-power" that was jam-packed into RIO BRAVO, you'd honestly think that this film would've just snapped, crackled, and popped with pure "Western"-style vitality and vibrance. But, no, sadly enough, RIO BRAVO was so tired and slow-paced that, at times, it got mighty close to falling flat on its face.

The unusual thing about RIO BRAVO was that (since 95% of its action took place indoors) it lacked an authentic, Western-type, outdoor adventure to hold the viewer's interest. This struck me as very odd and this was the main factor that contributed to RIO BRAVO's tired and somewhat claustrophobic atmosphere.

Naturally with RIO BRAVO being the tired Western production that it was, it could only be expected to feature a tired romance, as well. Right? This tediously tiresome love affair took place between 2 people who were, quite obviously, 30 years apart in age. And because there was no on-screen chemistry, whatsoever, happening between these 2 actors (WAYNE & DICKINSON), the whole affair was just plain tired to the 10th power, going, pretty much, nowhere, fast.

RIO BRAVO's highlight (if you really wanna call it that) was the duet of sorts that was sung between Pop Idol RICKY NELSON and Swooner-Crooner DEAN MARTIN. Needless to say, this particular rendition of the ballad "My Rifle, My Bow and Me", which was effortlessly sung by these 2 singers was very much like the rest of RIO BRAVO - T-I-R-E-D!

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.... What more can I say!?

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