In RIO GRANDE, the last part of John Ford's classic Cavalry Trilogy, John Wayne stars as Kirby York, a colonel at an army outpost along the U.S.-Mexico border where the Apache are always a problem. When his son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.), whom he hasn't seen in more than a decade, arrives at the fort after flunking out of West Point, Yorke treats him coldly, warning the young man not to expect preferential treatment, which Jeff assures him he doesn't want. Yorke's ex-wife, Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara), appears, intending to persuade Jeff to leave the army. Yorke refuses to do the necessary paperwork to release his son, a decision seconded by Jeff, who has begun to adapt to army life--and before Kathleen can regroup for another attempt, the fort is attacked by the Apache. The making of RIO GRANDE was mandated by producer Herbert Yates, who would agree to finance the director's THE QUIET MAN only if Ford first made a Western, as insurance, with that film's proposed leading actors. Ford continues the series' realistic depiction of the rigors of life on a cavalry post in the late-19th-century Southwest, and members of the director's stock company--most notably Victor McLaglen, Harry Carey Jr., and Ben Johnson--acquit themselves admirably.
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Chill Wills - American Character Actor
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Victor McLaglen - Actor
Harry Carey Jr. - American actor, 3 GODFATHERS/THE UNDEFEATED
J. Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Claude Jarman Jr.
Bert Glennon - American Director Of Photography/Director
Victor Young - Score Composer - "Three Coins in the Fountain"
Jack Murray - Editor\"The Quiet Man"
Maureen O'Hara - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Maureen FitzSimmons - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Ben Johnson - American Actor/Westerns
Merian C. Cooper - American Producer/"King Kong"
Merian Cooper - American Producer/"King Kong"
James Kevin McGuinness - Writer/Producer
Cavalry officer Kirby Yorke is hurrying to put down an Indian uprising when his son arrives as a new recruit--with Yorke's ex-wife right behind.
45th Anniversary Edition is digitally mastered from the original film negative and includes the original theatrical trailer. Songs written by Stan Jones and Dale Evans. The eight tunes include: "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen", "My Gal Is Purple", "Yellow Stripes", "Footsore Cavalry". Features the Sons of the Pioneers.
"...The film makes superb use of its rugged locations..." - 09/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.62
"[R]eflective and leisurely..." - 12/01/2004 Uncut, p.184