Movie Review: Rio Bravo

Leon Leveau, Co-head of Newspaper

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Westerns really are good movies, in my experience.  They are a mix of adventure, the beauty of the Western landscape, friendship, humor, and romance. In a lot of these movies, there is also the challenge of living on the farthest frontier of known America, between civilization and the untamed wilderness of the areas along the Western coast.  

Recently, I watched the classic Western movie, “Rio Bravo.” The story begins in a small, trouble-free town in the Far West, in which the law is enforced by John T. Chance, the Sheriff (played by John Wayne), and his deputy Dude (played by Dean Martin). Not far from the town, a rich (and fairly evil) person, Nathan Burdette, lives with a gang of hired killers and thugs. Everything is peaceful in town, but one night, when Burdette’s brother, Joe, starts a fight in a bar, he shoots and kills a man trying to help the victim of the fight. After this, he is taken into custody by Dude and the Sheriff until the U.S. marshal arrives to judge him. But since the marshal will only arrive in about a week and Burdette’s men are roaming in town, it will be hard for Chance and Dude, along with their sidekick Stumpy (Walter Brennan), to keep Joe in their prison.

Rio Bravo has a good storyline and a lot of humor. It also manages to perfectly capture the atmosphere of a small western town, and is very realistic. Also, it’s really touching how Dude tries to handle the difficult situation that he is in: ever since his girlfriend left him he has been struggling to stop drinking and become like he was before.

In conclusion, I find that if you’re looking for a good Western, this is really one to watch. It’s very touching, has a lot of humor (especially from Stumpy), and it is simply a very realistic and exciting story.   

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