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Rio Bravo

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.71 /10
John Wayne , Dean Martin , Ricky Nelson
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Directed by: Howard Hawks
Written by: Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett

Released: 1959
Origin: US
Length: 141

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Hawks has put too many shooting irons in the fire. The picture has not one but three heroes; they divide the sympathies and overpopulate the screen. For another thing, the film lasts almost as long as five TV westerns laid end to end - and it makes about as little consecutive sense.
Starts slowly and gets slower. There are times when John Wayne, who set the trancelike pace, seems to find the exhausting act of speech almost more than he can physically endure.
(Derek Prouse, Sunday Times)
A typical Western of this age of the long-winded, large screen. It lasts for 140 minutes and it contains enough inventiveness to make do for about half that time. It is, in fact, a soporific blockbuster.
A western is, or should be, a simple affair, capable of winding itself up in an hour and a half, but Rio Bravo ... goes on for no less than two hours and 20 minutes. Perhaps this is a subconscious flattery of Mr John Wayne, who is seldom in a hurry over anything and who here, as the sheriff, spends a lot of time walking slowly up and down the street in the company of his deputy.

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