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Rio Grande on Olive Signature DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I am very interested seeing this classic John Ford Western on Olive Signature DVD. I like John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Ben Johnson, etc.
Ben Johnson is magnificient!!
I can watch this film over and over... especially the scenes with Mr. Ben Johnson - the best cowboy actor ever!!; seeing Mr. Johnson riding Roman style absolutely leaves me speechless every time I watch the film - I love horses and riding but to even try and attempt any of what he achieved on the screen would make me a cripple. I'll leave it to the experts - Mr. Johnson - what a legacy you have left behind... I'm in awe - simply amazing & breathtaking :-0. He certainly outshines the main actors/actresses in this film. All I can say is that the director, Mr. John Ford, knew how to utilize the talents of his actors and leave a lasting imprint for generations to watch...thank you.
Good Third Leg Of Trilogy
Thought this good enough to deserved being part of Cavalry Trilogy.Not up to quite excellence of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,but good story.
- kevin sellers
Definitely the least good of the "Cavalry Trilogy." Biggest reason is the absence of conflict between Wayne's general and his enlisted private son. You pretty much know from the get go that the son will make the father proud by showing the qualities of a soldier and if you have any doubts they are immediately dispelled when the son emphatically tells his mother, (an uncharacteristically pallid Maureen O'Hara) about a third of the way through the film, that he has no intention of quitting the army and going back to civilian life with her. What we are left with, in the absence of a compelling story by screenwriter Kevin McGuiness, are lots of Sons Of The Pioneers songs, the usual tiresome Victor McLaglen comedy, some ok action scenes in which Ford indulges his typical anti Indian racism so typical of him pre "Searchers," and fine early performances from Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. who are the only members of the cast who are fun to watch. Even the Duke, although it pains me to say it, is a bit on the dull side. Give it a very generous B minus simply because I cannot bear to give a John Ford western a C. P.S. If you want to see a good Duke picture with a believable father son conflict, check out "In Harms Way."
The final film in Director Ford's Calvary trilogy. Wayne is good as the estranged father and husband of Jarman,Jr. and O'Hara, respectively, who join his Calvary unit. More entertaining and action-oriented than than "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." A fine finale to a trilogy of masterfully-made films from Ford. I give it a 3.5/5.
Histoically inaccurate songs...
Watching RIO Grande with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara...You know, these songs that are in the movie are historically inaccurate to the time period...Like 15 miles of the Erie canal...The song was written in 1905...and this story takes place in the summer of 1879...yes the songs is about 1825 Building the Erie canal, but was written in 1905...Also Your in the Army now...was a song created in 1917!!!
Rio Grande (1950)
- James Higgins
John Ford westerns are always good, but have always felt they are overrated. This is a good story, but I didn't see any "wow" factor in the western. It's just a notch above ordinary. Ford does develop his characters well though, and it is professionally done. John Wayne's wooden acting doesn't help.
The Best of the "Cavalry Trilogy"
- David H.
This movie, to me, is clearly the best of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy". John Wayne is fine as usual and Maureen O'Hara, at age 30 when this film was made, has never been lovelier. The acting is fine throughout, especially Claude Jarman, Jr., as their son. His character grows in maturity in the film. Even Victor McLaughlin is believable is the guilt-ridden sargeant. Rio Grande is an example of an average script that with fine acting, good direction and cinemaphotography, and an excellent musicial score becomes an above average movie.
John Ford and Company
- Norman Woodward
If I had one wish to make as far as movies go it would be to just be on the set of the making of this movie. BenJohnson, Harry Carey, Jr. and all thestunt men make this movie. The music isgreat, the acting is great and the actors (all) were made for John Ford. Wish I would have known him. Great American!