Rio Lobo Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jorge Rivero, Jack Elam

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RIO LOBO is a movie produced and directed by Howard Hawks in 1970.

During the last days of the Civil War, southern officers Jorge Rivero and Chris Mitchum manage to stop and rob a train loaded with gold of the U.S. Army. Colonel John Wayne will find them and incarcerate them. A few weeks later, at the end of the war, Wayne and the ex-confederation soldiers become pals. Still looking for the men who've betrayed the North by giving informations about the train, Wayne returns home in Texas. He's soon contacted there by Rivero who asks Wayne to join him in Rio Lobo where Chris Mitchum, along with other small ranchers, must face Sheriff Blue Tom and his deputies who are forcing them to sell their lands to the no good Ketcham. Wayne doesn't hesitate to come help his friends as the description of Ketcham corresponds to the description of one of the men he's still after.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

During a Civil War epilogue, Yankee colonel Cord McNally (Wayne) is waiting for a gold shipment by train which is stolen by a Rebel raiding party headed by captain Pierre Cordona (Rivero), and is briefly captured by the Rebs before getting the shipment back. (McNally and Cordona realize they have had at least one run-in before, at a poker game in Texas.) The war ends soon after, and the two find themselves joined up on a mission to Rio Lobo, Texas: Cordona to help a comrade who is being bullied by the local land-stealing baron and his gang, McNally to find the treasonous inside man on the gold thefts. They hook up with a gorgeous medicine show huckster (O'Neill) whose mentor has been killed by the same gang. This is a fair-to-middling 1970 Western that plays by old-fashioned values at a time when "The Wild Bunch" and "Little Big Man" were overturning the cliches of the genre. Its pedigree is interesting: 74-year-old Howard Hawks directed his last film based on a script cowritten by sci-fi and fantasy author Leigh Brackett. The movie features terrific supporting performances by Jack Elam as a wild man ranch owner and David Huddleston as a sharp-eyed dentist, and Rivero and O'Neill provide eye candy (she manages to look winsome and flirtatious even when complaining about a drunken ex-husband), along with comely Susana Domantes and future big shot producer Sherry Lansing as other comely wenches.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century War Thriller    -   Yes Specific to    -   US Civil War Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   senior military    -   cowboy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super muscles! (man)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Texas    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None

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