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Rio Grande (1950)




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The last entry in the John Ford-John Wayne "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars Wayne as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, whose devotion to duty has cost him his marriage. When Yorke's son Jeff is assigned to his father's post, Yorke is determined not to afford any preferential treatment to the boy.

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John Wayne
as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
Maureen O'Hara
as Mrs. Kathleen Yorke
Ben Johnson
as Trooper Travis Tyree
Harry Carey Jr.
as Trooper Daniel `Sandy' Boone
Victor McLaglen
as Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon
Chill Wills
as Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)
J. Carroll Naish
as Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
Grant Withers
as Deputy Marshal
Peter Ortiz
as Capt. St. Jacques
Karolyn Grimes
as Margaret Mary
Alberto Morin
as Lieutenant
Claude Jarman Jr.
as Trooper Jefferson `Jeff' Yorke
Stan Jones
as Sergeant
Ken Curtis
as Regimental singer
Hugh Farr
as Regimental Singer
Carl Farr
as Regimental Singer
Lloyd Perryman
as Regimental Singer
Shug Fisher
as Regimental singer
Tommy Doss
as Regimental Singer
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Cliff Lyons
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Rio Grande

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

It's a forgettable Ford western. [Full review in Spanish]

August 13, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

despite all that talent behind the camera, Rio Grande still strikes one primarily as a film that Ford just wanted to get done

March 7, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Popular entertainment from a complicated time made by strong personalities with contradictory beliefs.

January 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

John Wayne is excellent, even if this Kirby Yorke seems different from the one in Fort Apache.

December 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While nowhere near an essential showcase for Ford or Wayne, and a complete waste of O'Hara, Rio Grande is still a generally enjoyable conveyor-belt western.

April 4, 2020 | Rating: 3 | Full Review…

I like it better than the problematic Fort Apache; it's far simpler and more effective.

January 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rio Grande

Though the least impressive of Ford's three "Cavalry" films, this still is a great film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

The true sequel to Fort Apache in that you get to see what happens to Yorke and the remaining troops. This is a lot more of a relationship based movie than the other two, maybe that's what makes it so powerful. John Wayne's performance is even stronger this time around and he plays such a timeless character. The father/son storyline is such a classic representation, but so well done that it doesn't feel stale. John Ford truly is the greatest pioneer in film-making and took all the risks and leaps that no one else dared to do.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Director John Ford agreed to make this one in a deal with Republic Pictures to secure financing for his pet project, The Quiet Man. Never one to do things half-ass, Ford secured a rather large budget and a top notch supporting cast for his two stars, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Rio Grande isn't Ford's most popular or most acclaimed film, but it's hard to deny it's prototypical old-west charm.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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