Rio Grande

Rio Grande

John Ford (1950)

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Our Score
This great western - the third film in John Ford's cavalry trilogy, following Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - tells the story of a daring off-the-record solution to Indian raids from across the border. It also features a powerful romantic relationship between John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara as the fort commander and his long-separated wife. O'Hara was the strongest leading lady Wayne ever had and almost his match in stubborn pride (they co-starred in four more films). Here, she re-enters Wayne's life seeking to protect their son (Claude Jarman Jr), a private sent out west to serve under him. Once again, Ford creates a stirring picture of the Old West - if this wasn't the way it was, it's the way it should have been.


A cavalry officer has to avoid showing preferential treatment when the son he has not seen for 15 years is posted to his fort as a cadet. His estranged wife also turns up wanting to take the boy away, but he is forced to put duty before his family when called on to rescue children kidnapped by Apaches on the Mexican border. John Ford's Western, with John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson and J Carrol Naish.

Cast & Crew

Lt Colonel Yorke John Wayne
Mrs Yorke Maureen O'Hara
Trooper Tyree Ben Johnson
Gen Sheridan J Carrol Naish
Trooper Jeff Yorke Claude Jarman Jnr
Trooper Boone Harry Carey Jr
Dr Wilkins Chill Wills
Sgt Quincannon Victor McLaglen
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD