DIRECTOR: HOWARD HAWKS
CAST: JOHN WAYNE, DEAN MARTIN, RICKY NELSON, WALTER BRENNAN
A proper cowboy movie with John Wayne and six guns-a-blazin', but what distinguishes Rio Bravo is its attention to the long lulls between the action, the easy back-and-forth of men killing time between killings, captured with sublime ease and charm. Wayne's sheriff and sobering up town drunk Dude (Dean Martin) arrest a troublemaker, then hole up with Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson to watch and wait for the prisoner's nasty friends to arrive. The quartet's singing of "My Rifle, My Pony, and Me" offers proof positive that the western is an American artistic invention as perfect as the sonnet.
Screening on an IB Technicolor Print