Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

  • 1959
  • Passed
  • 141 min
  • USA
  • action, drama, western

A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Director: Howard Hawks

Writers: B.H. McCampbell, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett

Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson

Rio Bravo finds director Howard Hawks -- and his stellar ensemble cast -- working at peak performance, and the end result is a towering classic of the Western genre.

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  • Howard Hawks
    Howard Hawks
    Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 - December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. He is popular for his films from a wide range of genres such as Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes...

Main Cast


  • Dave Kehr (Chicago Reader)

    Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film.

  • Richard Brody (New Yorker)

    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. | Full Review...

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    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. | Full Review...


Tagline: They're together and nothing can tear 'em apart!

Motion Picture Rating: Passed

Genres: action, drama, western

Categories: sheriff, small town, marshal, deputy, jail, stagecoach, gambler, cripple, gunfighter, old west, alcoholic, male camaraderie, silver dollar, saloon, tough guy, 1880s


Producer: Howard Hawks

Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Director of photography: Russell Harlan

Original music composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

Costume design: Marjorie Best

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 141 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Also Known As

  • Onde Come├ža o Inferno (BR)
  • Un dollaro d'onore (IT)