June 24, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Howard Hawks’s legendary “Rio Bravo” is a story of men (and women) and a town under siege.
County Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is holding Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), a drunken thug, for the murder of an unarmed man in a fight in a saloon—but Joe’s brother is the wealthy land baron that owns most of the county and all the hired guns. Surrounded, Chance has to wait for the United States marshal to show up, in six days, his only help coming from Stumpy (Walter Brennan), a toothless, cantankerous old guard, and Dude (Dean Martin), his former deputy, who’s spent the last two years stumbling around in a drunken stupor over a woman that left him.
With appearances from Angie Dickinson as a mysterious beauty and Ricky Nelson as a young gunslinger, “Rio Bravo” is, as the Chicago Reader put it, “Howard Hawks’s finest western, and perhaps his finest film.”