Rio Lobo (1970)

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    There are 59 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by Rockwell T.

    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      I think Rio Lobo was one of the first movies I watched with John Wayne. I still like it but I cannot consider Rio Lobo as a great movie. The shootouts and Jack Elam are fun but the other cast round Duke are faceless. Maybe Duke looks so big in Rio Lobo because the others aren't the best actors and actresses. The ladies of Rio Lobo are like a beautiful decoration. I always appreciated that at the end also Duke gets a girl too. :wink_smile:

      What I really appreciate about Rio Lobo is the great Music Score from Jerry Goldsmith. Simple but good!:musical_note:

      Of course there are better John Wayne Westerns but RIO LOBO is a good and entertaining Western.:teeth_smile:

      Found some trivia on IMDB:
      • Robert Mitchum declined an offer from Howard Hawks to reprise his El Dorado (1966) role in this film. He told Hawks the script was "an even bigger piece of crap than El Dorado."
      • When John Wayne visits Bill Williams in the sheriff's office, there is a wanted poster on the wall for Hondo Lane, the character Wayne played in Hondo (1953).
      • John Wayne was seriously ill during filming, and had great difficulty getting on and off his horse.
      • Jack Elam, playing the "Old Man", was more than a decade younger than John Wayne.
      • During a break in filming Wayne collected his Best Actor Oscar for True Grit (1969) from Barbra Streisand at The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV). When he returned, every member of the cast was wearing an eye patch - including his horse!
      I wonder which role was Mitchum supposed to play.
      "You're too good to give a chance to." John Wayne as Cole Thornton in El Dorado (1966)
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      JohnChisum: "During a break in filming Wayne collected his Best Actor Oscar for True Grit (1969) from Barbra Streisand at The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV). When he returned, every member of the cast was wearing an eye patch - including his horse!"

      If you like this kind of trivia, you might enjoy this first-hand account by Bob Shelton of how he arranged the eye-patch surprise for JW at Old Tucson. The story occurs near the end of this 7 minute interview with Shelton:
      homepage.mac.com/jannb8/wayne
      Very Best,
      OT Xtras[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][/FONT]
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

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      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      Rio Lobo was a sad swan song for Howard Hawks and would have been better not made. A million miles away from Rio Bravo. I wish the Duke had chosen something more in keeping with his age. Same goes for the Undefeated. I wonder what other scripts he was being offered at the time?
      Its a convoluted plot with just odd flashes of warmth and redeemed by Jack Elam who never gave a bad performance in his career. Its not one I'll want to add to my collection...
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      Definitely weak, but Duke and Elam save it. It would have benefited greatly by having another big name in the cast, either in Rivera's part or that of The Sheriff.
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      Really Duke & Elam were the only reasons to watch this. It's a fun time-killer, and I thought Duke still was fine in the starring role. Any failure of the film was not due to the star(s), but the script.

      Again, it would have been great to have Ben Johnson, John Agar, and Chris George along for the ride. Jim Davis and Bill Williams were fine, but should have had bigger parts. Rivero sould have been replaced with anyone from Patrick Wayne to Glenn Campbell (can't believe I said that) and it would have been much better.
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      didnt like this film the first time i saw it but watched it again last night and really enjoyed it. can t understand why i didnt like it the first time. it has some really funny lines in it.
      for example when the dentist givews him a shot and tells him he wouldnt have to do it if he d been a better actor and "if you hear a loud noise it ll just be mr ketchum dying." also, "we promised you in a trade. we didnt say what condition you d be in."
      kind of classic john wayne. straight forward and good fun.
      "Sorry don t get it done, Dude" (Rio Bravo)

      Hooked on The Duke
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      i also liked this western,it may not be one of john wayne's best,but it's fun to watch.did'nt like jorge rivero in the part of pierre cordona.he was to weak of an actor to play opposite john wayne.i would liked to see glenn corbett in that part.it does'nt matter if a john wayne film is good or bad i would still have it in my collection.
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      JohnChisum wrote:


      Found some trivia on IMDB:
      • Robert Mitchum declined an offer from Howard Hawks to reprise his El Dorado (1966) role in this film. He told Hawks the script was "an even bigger piece of crap than El Dorado."[/QUOTE]

      Regarding the trivia above I believe this to be false as the wording used resembles that of a known troll on IMDB and this should be removed from their site.
      Regards
      Robbie
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      One thing you have to keep in mind about IMDb is that the info in the trivia section is frequently false, and almost never fact-checked.

      For example - what was the "serious illness" that JW had??Was this tidbit confused with what happened during The Undefeated? He broke 3 ribs after falling from his horse during that shoot (per Andrew McGlaglen), and he had shoulder issues the whole time...

      Hawks was VERY bitter near the end of his career, and blaming Duke for the failure of RL was just inexcusable for someone of his stature.

      As for having movies in your collection or not, if you're a fan, you take the good with the not so good...how else would know what of the body of work is truly incredible?!
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      Paramount Home Entertainment will release Big Jake and Rio Lobo on Blu-ray on May 31. Other westerns Paramount is releasing on Blu-ray that day are A Man Called Horse and Once Upon a Time in the West.

      No additional information about Big Jake and Rio Lobo but hopefully we'll get specs and cover art soon. :)
    • Re: Rio Lobo (1971)

      I actually liked this movie quite a bit. It's not up there with the greatest in the genre, of course. In fact it doesn't come close, but damn it, I was entertained! The supporting cast was its biggest flaw, I think. The script could have had some additional work done as well.

      It had some funny scenes and as so many others have mentioned, Jack Elam was the second best thing about the movie.
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