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Director: John Ford     Starring: John Wayne Maureen O'Hara
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205865408
UPC: 017153133974
UPC 14: 00017153133974
Rating: NR
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John Ford's Greatest Romantic Triumph!
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other in this John Ford classic. Lt. Col. Yorke (Wayne) heads to the Rio Grande to fight a warring tribe. But Yorke faces his toughest battle when his unorthodox plan to outwit the elusive Apaches leads to possible court-martial. Locked in a bloody war, he must fight to redeem his honor and save his family.

"...a vivid look at the gentlemanly spirit of the Cavalry...Beautifuly shot...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...a powerful portrait of the wild and far Southwest...very realistic...  The Motion Picture Guide

Editor's Note
In RIO GRANDE, the last part of John Ford's classic Cavalry Trilogy, John Wayne stars as Kirby York, a colonel at an army outpost along the U.S.-Mexico border where the Apache are always a problem. When his son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.), whom he hasn't seen in more than a decade, arrives at the fort after flunking out of West Point, Yorke treats him coldly, warning the young man not to expect preferential treatment, which Jeff assures him he doesn't want. Yorke's ex-wife, Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara), appears, intending to persuade Jeff to leave the army. Yorke refuses to do the necessary paperwork to release his son, a decision seconded by Jeff, who has begun to adapt to army life--and before Kathleen can regroup for another attempt, the fort is attacked by the Apache. The making of RIO GRANDE was mandated by producer Herbert Yates, who would agree to finance the director's THE QUIET MAN only if Ford first made a Western, as insurance, with that film's proposed leading actors. Ford continues the series' realistic depiction of the rigors of life on a cavalry post in the late-19th-century Southwest, and members of the director's stock company--most notably Victor McLaglen, Harry Carey Jr., and Ben Johnson--acquit themselves admirably.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Black & White, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/5/2007
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1950
Video UPC UPC: 00017153133974
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Johnson
Video Cast Info Claude Jarman, Jr.
Video Cast Info John Wayne
Video Cast Info Maureen O'Hara
Video Cast Info Bert Glennon - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Frank Hotaling - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jack Murray - Editor
Video Cast Info James Kevin McGuinness - Screenplay
Video Cast Info James Warner Bellah - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Video Cast Info John Ford - Producer
Video Cast Info Merian C. Cooper - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Young - Original Music By
Plot Summary
Cavalry officer Kirby Yorke is hurrying to put down an Indian uprising when his son arrives as a new recruit--with Yorke's ex-wife right behind.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...The film makes superb use of its rugged locations..." 09/01/2001 p.62

"[R]eflective and leisurely..." 12/01/2004 p.184

DVD Verdict 8 of 10
Rio Grande is another John Wayne classic film or a long by-gone era. The third in a trilogy of US Cavalry pictures by John Ford (Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon), this film embodies all that was good about the US Cavalry including such chest-thumping themes as duty and honor. This is also the first of many joint screen appearances by Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and they are wonderful together...The image here is absolutely terrific. The original black and white, full frame picture is completely grain-free. Blacks are deep and dark and contrast is just right, both in bright daylight and in black, low-lit night scenes...This is as good a black and white transfer as I have seen from a film this old...Another John Wayne film I will not soon forget. As I have said before, I was never a fan of The Duke. Probably because my grandmother (may she rest in peace) was. I was probably just a rebellious little jerk, disagreeing with anything anyone in authority ever said to me (as if that has changed today--yeah right). Maybe I should have listened more and talked less when I was a child. - Sean McGinnis

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Wayne,John
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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