John Wayne-Rio Grande

Directed By: John Ford Starring: John Wayne Maureen O'Hara

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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 205865408
UPC 017153133974
UPC 14 00017153133974
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2007
Rating NR
Family Interaction
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Sight and Sound "...The film makes superb use of its rugged locations..." 09/01/2001 p.62
Uncut "[R]eflective and leisurely..." 12/01/2004 p.184
John Ford
John Wayne
Maureen O'Hara
Cast & Crew
Ben Johnson - Actor
Bert Glennon - Cinematographer
Claude Jarman, Jr. - Actor
Frank Hotaling - Art Director
Jack Murray - Editor
James Kevin McGuinness - Screenplay
James Warner Bellah - Based On Story By
John Ford - Director
John Ford - Producer
John Wayne - Actor
Maureen O'Hara - Actor
Merian C. Cooper - Producer
Victor Young - Original Music By
Technical Info
UPC 00017153133974
Number of Discs 1
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review 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.
Reviewer Sean McGinnis
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Black & White, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wayne,John
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...a vivid look at the gentlemanly spirit of the Cavalry...Beautifuly shot...
The Motion Picture Guide ...a powerful portrait of the wild and far Southwest...very realistic...

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