Annoyed that the acclaimed and popular HIGH NOON portrayed a sheriff so afraid of his adversaries that he spends most of the movie asking the townsfolk for help, director Howard Hawks decided to make a filmed response, namely RIO BRAVO. A lengthy, leisurely paced film, RIO BRAVO is set in
a small Texas border town, Rio Bravo, that is under the control of evil cattle baron Russell and his dim-witted brother, Akins. When Akins commits a murder, the sheriff (Wayne), throws him in jail to await the arrival of a US Marshall. Russell lays seige to the jailhouse, and Wayne is forced to
rely on the town drunk (Martin), a cranky old cripple (Brennan), and an untested young ...