Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

Rio Lobo Details


John Wayne, in the last of his Civil War characterizations, portrays Cord McNally, a Union Army colonel who loses a gold shipment in a Confederate raid, during which a devoted young officer is also killed. After the end of the war, McNally bears no ill-will toward the leaders of the raid, Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum), who were acting as soldiers, but he still wants the two unknown men on the Union side who they say sold them the information about the gold shipments. A year later, McNally crosses paths with one of the men, now a deputy from Rio Lobo, who is about to take Shasta Delaney (Jennifer O'Neill), a seemingly innocent young woman, out of a neighboring town at gunpoint. A shootout ensues, in which McNally's man and three other Rio Lobo deputies are killed, with help from Cordona -- this makes McNally very interested in what's going on in Rio Lobo, and he decides to go there with Cordona and Shasta. They find a whole community under siege from their own sheriff, a sadistic ex-outlaw named Hendricks (Mike Henry). What follows is a series of confrontations and revelations that are alternately suspenseful, sadistic -- with maimings worthy of a spaghetti western and characters even getting blown to bits -- and even occasionally comical. But the pieces all tie together very neatly, despite a convoluted plot that's sort of Rio Bravo (made 11 years earlier, also starring Wayne and directed by Hawks, and scripted by Leigh Brackett) turned sideways and readjusted to a more cynical era. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Release date:December 17, 1970


John Wayne
as Cord McNally
Jorge Rivero
as Pierre Cordona
Jennifer O'Neill
as Shasta
Jack Elam
as Phillips
Christopher Mitchum
as Tuscarora
Victor French
as Ketcham
Mike Henry
as Sheriff Tom Hendricks
Susana Dosamantes
as Maria Carmen
David Huddleston
as Dr. Jones
Bill Williams
as Sheriff Pat Cronin
Sherry Lansing
as Armelita
Dean Smith
as Bitey
Robert Donner
as Whitey Carter
Edward Faulkner
as Lt. Harris
Robert Rothwell
as Whitey's henchman
Chuck Courtney
as Whitey's henchman
George Plimpton
as Whitey's henchman
Peter Jason
as Lt. Forsythe
Don "Red" Barry
Chuck Roberson
as Soldier in baggage car
Hank Worden
as Hank, hotel clerk
Danny Sands
Ethan Wayne
Boyd "Red" Morgan
as Train engineer
Bob Steele
as Deputy Sheriff


Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
Burton Wohl
Screen Story
Burton Wohl
William H. Clothier
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Luster Bayless
Costume Designer
Ted Parvin
Costume Designer
Monty Westmore
Dick Cobos