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Rio Lobo

By Tom Keogh

The final film by the legendary director Howard Hawks, released in 1970, found him paired with longtime leading man John Wayne in a story slightly similar to their more familiar Rio Bravo and El Dorado. Set at the end of the Civil War, the story finds Wayne playing a Union army colonel who recovers some stolen gold and roots out a traitor. Though a little creaky (Hawks had been making films since 1926), Rio Lobo nevertheless has his trademark, crackling dialogue, appealing characters, and ensemble spirit among the cast. This was a worthy finish to a fantastic career by a first-rank filmmaker.

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Director: Howard Hawks

Stars: John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jorge Rivero, Jack Elam, Chris Mitchum, Robert Donner

Released: December 18, 1970

Availability: DVD VHS


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