Rio Grande ★★

Original Title: Rio Grande
Year of Release: 1950
Genres: Western
Director: John Ford
Writers: James Kevin McGuinness, James Warner Bellah
Main Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Chill Wills, J. Carrol Naish, Victor McLaglen, Grant Withers

34/57 of The Great Western Project: 2019 Edition

It takes about 10 minutes to see that Rio Grande has John Ford on autopilot: he directed the film in order to make The Quiet Man, a passion project of his. This is just a complete snoozefest, one where the only things worth of note are the many songs that get quite old, Wayne's moustache, a really infuriating portrayal of native Americans that sees them as faceless monsters, and a couple dangerous stunts that actually costed the life to the stuntmen. Not worth watching, easily the weakest of Wayne's and Ford's films that I have seen. Main theme's great though!

Story: 4
Directing: 5
Cinematography: 7
Acting: 6.5
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 8


Violence & Gore: 4
Sex & Nudity: 1
Drugs & Profanity: 0
Intensity & Horror: 3

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