Rio Bravo (1959)


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. (IMDb)
It dawdles (see the silly romance; two songs in a row to show off Martin and Nelson), but in the end that’s part of its charm (bashful Wayne and chatty Dickinson are a fun pair; Nelson’s such a dreamboat) and along with the repeated settings (jail, hotel, saloon), laugh-out-loud humour (Stumpy had me in stitches every scene he’s in), and character drama (see Dude’s development) it really makes you feel a cozy sense of familiarity along with the excitement you get from the bursts of action.
7.5/10 (Really Good)

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