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|The Best of John Wayne Collection 1 |
Rio Lobo / El Dorado / True Grit
Actors: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Robert Mitchum, Jorge Rivero, Glen Campbell
Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Drama, Military & War
El Dorado — El Dorado (1967) doesn't quite have the scope or ambition of Howard Hawks's greatest Westerns, Red River and Rio Bravo. But this relaxed picture, made near the end of Hawks's marvelous career, still shows the st... more »
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THREE GREAT LATTER DAY DUKE WESTERNS
Tim Janson | Michigan | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i have to say that the John Wayne Westerns of the mid 60's through the 1970's were always my favorites since they are the ones that I grew up on and saw many at the show such as "The Cowboys" and "The Train Robbers". This set features three of Wayne's best films of this period.
El dorado is basically a remake of Rio Bravo with Mitchum playing the drunken sheriff in place of Dean Martin and James Caan playing the young gun instead of Ricky Nelson. Wayne is Cole Thornton, and aging gunfighter is offered a job by evil land grabber Ed Asner to kill Mitchum and run the rightful landowners off their land. Thornton refuses and instead goes to El dorado to help his friend against the other gunmen Asner hired led by Nelson McCloud played by Christopher George. Caan plays Mississippi a young man who cannot use a gun and is given a sawed off shotgun as his weapon. Arthur Hunnicut plays Bull and essentially takes over the role that Walter Brennan played in "Rio Bravo".
True Grit was perhaps Wayne's most famous role and the one he won an Oscar for playing U.S. marshall Rooster Cogburn who is hired by the young Kim Darby to go after the murderer of her father. They are joined by Texas Ranger Glen Campbell as they hunt down the man who has joined a band of outlaws led by Lucky Ned pepper played by a young Robert Duvall. Wayne is great as the grizzled, drunken, but tough as nails lawman. The climax with Cogburn facing off against the four outlaws single-handedly is one of the great scenes in Western history.
Rio Lobo is yet another remake of Rio Bravo. Wayne essentially playing the same role as he hunts down a rogue former Union officer who turned traitor. This time crazy-eyed Jack Elam takes over the Walter Brennan/Arthur Hunnicut role as the old gun hand. This time Mexican actor Jorge Rivero plays the handsome young gun who was a confederate soldier and has now joined with Colonel McNally (Wayne) to hunt the man down. The Lovely Jennifer O'Neill co-stars along with Chris Mitchum.
True Grit is a classic and the other two are very good westerns. Lots of action and the Duke was still a commanding presence on screen. You can't go wrong with this set. Bravo to paramount!