Rio Bravo

Screening on Film
Directed by Howard Hawks.
With John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson.
US, 1959, 35mm, color, 141 min.

After imprisoning a man for committing murder in a local saloon, a small-town sheriff (Wayne) enlists the help of the town drunk (Martin) and a “bum-legged old man” (Walter Brennan) to prevent the killer’s powerful brother from aiding his escape. Wayne’s unflappable sheriff was motivated largely by Hawks’s angry response to the “weak-willed” characters he perceived in Fred Zinneman’s High Noon. One of the rare comic westerns, Hawks’s work joyously ambles its way toward its climactic final shootout.

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