Dir. Howard Hawks. 1959, 141 mins. New restoration on DCP. With John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond. Hawks’s laconic and wise big-screen Technicolor western pits Wayne and a group of misfit deputies against a gang of well-armed bad guys intent on busting one of their own out of jail. Will the sheriff and his gang be able to hold tight until the marshal arrives? Bracingly comic and unsentimental, Rio Bravo is also the epitome of Hawks, with its emphasis on professionalism, male camaraderie, and—with the playful chemistry between Dickinson and Wayne—the battle of the sexes. Recommended for ages 12+.
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