Zach on Film: Rio Bravo (1959)

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As a response to High Noon, Zach examines what a “real Western” is as he takes a look at John Wayne’s 1959 movie, Rio Bravo.

Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Written by Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett, based on the short story “Rio Bravo” by B. H. McCampbell, the film is about a sheriff who arrives in the town of Rio Bravo, Texas and arrests the brother of a powerful local rancher in order to help his drunken deputy sheriff friend. With the help of a cripple and a young gunfighter, the two friends hold off the rancher’s gang. Rio Bravo was filmed on location at Old Tucson Studios outside Tucson, Arizona in Technicolor.


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