Rio Lobo (1970)

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After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.



  • John Wayne and Howard Hawks in Rio Lobo (1970)
  • John Wayne and Victor French in Rio Lobo (1970)
  • John Wayne and Howard Hawks in Rio Lobo (1970)
  • John Wayne in Rio Lobo (1970)
  • Bill Williams in Rio Lobo (1970)
  • John Wayne and his son, Ethan, on location for "Rio Lobo," Cinema Center 1970.

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20 June 2004 | maxbrand
| Much maligned, better than you're told
OK, put down the film criticism texts and just watch this fun movie for what it is. Feels like a TV movie, but several cuts above one. The opening train robbery sequence is pretty damn breathtaking for a "bad" movie. Bet some action directors have studied that one. "Lobo" is collection of a lot of good Hawks-ian moments recycled, sort of like a retrospective of his bag of tricks ie. "Yer necks broken," etc. The Duke aging, beat up, but still The Duke. Sherry Lansing pretty hot looking in her one role. Jack Elam the scene stealer. Too bad they didn't have the money to cast the other parts better--Mitchum or Martin would have helped a lot. Duke looks a little lonely. Plot sorta strung together, but Hawks was concentrating more on characters in his Bravo/Dorado/Lobo "trilogy." "Smart" dialog, while not up to 30s & 40s banter, still has clever moments by today's standards. Clever rifle bit at the end shows old timers' practical knowledge of things, like weapons. If you like old westerns, you'll like this one. Not among his greatest, but low end Hawks is better than no Hawks. I've seen much thinner stuff win awards.

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