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Rio Grande (John Wayne Collection)

Released on 05 June 2006

Featuring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara & Ben Johnson

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John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other in this John Ford classic.

Lt Col. Yorke (Wayne) heads to the Rio Grande to fight a warring tribe. But Yorke faces his toughest battle when his unorthodox plan, to outwit the elusive Apaches, leads to possible court-martial. Locked in a bloody war, he must fight to redeem his honour and save his family.

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 Last and by No Means Least of the Cavalry Trilogy

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Ford made this so as to let the studio give him the go-ahead to make The Quiet Man, which they were convinced was going to tank at the box-office. From this inauspicious start, many regarded this last installment of Ford's informal Cavalry Trilogy as a lesser film then the previous two, Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon- but how any Western directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and the utterly superb Victor MacLaglen can be termed a lesser film is beyond me.
The camera work is confident without being bombastic and the horse riding scenes involve some excellent stunt work- sadly, though, two stuntmen were killed during a fairly harmless-seeming river crossing scene.
The plot sees John Wayne as a Lt Colonel fighting renegade Sioux along the Mexican border. This is complicated by his estranged son enlisting into his regiment without his permission- a situation given another angle by the subsequent arrival of Maureen O'Hara, Wayne's even more estranged wife. There is a subplot involving a wanted man, and plenty of colour and life from the Sgt. Major, played by the great MacLaglen, a one time circus performer, Australian Gold Rush participant and boxer- even racking up a fight against the legendary Jack Johnson.
There's a couple of sequences involving singing which might put some off- I like them, and if you don't, well they're not too long!
Mention must be made of the un-PC depiction of the Native Americans, this is a film of it's time, though you can detect something dimly recognizable as a distaff conscience in the inclusion of a Navaho attached to the regiment.
This is an old fashioned Western, and John Wayne is reviled by quite a few (not me if you hadn't guessed), but this is still effective and heart-warming entertainment. Some of the images are suprisingly powerful- the cavalry riding up the church steps to the rescue provoked an emotional response from me despite my usually jaded response. Some will call it sentimental, though I think it's something deeper than that.
A good film and I'm sure will entertain and touch many. Even if you dislike Westerns and the Great Re-actor himself, this film hits enough universal notes to be appealing to all but the most hard-hearted.

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ActorsJohn Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey Jr., Chill Wills, J. Carrol Naish, Victor McLaglen, Grant Withers & Peter Ortiz
DirectorJohn Ford
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
Year1950
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
Duration1 hour 45 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.