Gunmen of the Rio Grande / Desafío en Río Bravo (Tulio Demicheli, 1964)


(ENNIOO) #1

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Sfida_a_Rio_Bravo

A fresh faced Guy Madison plays Wyatt Earp. He rides into town to help a saloon owner and owner of a mine, as they are having a spot of bother from the local town badman.

Simple story and short running time make this one tick along fairly fast. Tend to like Madison so that’s a bonus, and Fernando Sancho plays his usual role. American in style, so people looking for that developed Spaghetti style may not like.[font=times new roman][/font]


(sartana1968) #2

very boring spaghetti :-, i order it and i watch it before a week the trailer promise a lot but it’s very less enjoyment
watch better madison’s payment in blood much better movie with non stop action and great music by frangesco de massi


(Phil H) #3

Traditional style early spaghetti but, for its type, a very good one in my opinion. Madison suits this kind of film and Sancho does what he does best as the larger than life bandit with his own particular code of ethics. As Ennioo mentioned, it has a pretty short running time which actually fits it perfectly and ensures it doesn’t outlast its welcome. Nice action, bit of romance, decent direction and a nice big helping of Sancho. Did the trick for me.

Don’t expect any Leone-isms and there’s plenty to enjoy in an old school kind of way.


(Chris_Casey) #4

[quote=“Phil H, post:3, topic:2584”]Traditional style early spaghetti but, for its type, a very good one in my opinion. Madison suits this kind of film and Sancho does what he does best as the larger than life bandit with his own particular code of ethics. As Ennioo mentioned, it has a pretty short running time which actually fits it perfectly and ensures it doesn’t outlast its welcome. Nice action, bit of romance, decent direction and a nice big helping of Sancho. Did the trick for me.

Don’t expect any Leone-isms and there’s plenty to enjoy in an old school kind of way.[/quote]

I agree! This is another one of those early examples of the genre that I really enjoy watching.
If you are expecting this to be anything close to a Leone, Corbucci, or even Tessari style film you will be disappointed. But, if you know that going into the film (as I did), then you will likely find it a nice, entertaining little film.


(Commissioner) #5

I haven’t seen the film - just the trailer - but the bit right at the end where the wagon crashes and explodes is wonderful.

If there’s a good explanation for it in the plot, I really don’t want to know!


(sartana1968) #6

[quote=“Commissioner, post:5, topic:2584”]I haven’t seen the film - just the trailer - but the bit right at the end where the wagon crashes and explodes is wonderful.

If there’s a good explanation for it in the plot, I really don’t want to know![/quote]
the trailer looks very good but the film…


(The Man With a Name) #7

The database says the running time is 100 minutes. My copy is exactly 78 minutes and 54 seconds. Does the longer version exist out there?


(scherpschutter) #8

I had never heard of this early Italian western, made around the same time as A Fistful of Dollars
Completely predictable - I watched it in French (on You Tube), but you could watch it in Chinese or Russian without losing track - but done with a sense of style. I actually enjoyed it, and … it made me aware of the fact that I haven’t seen CASABLANCA in ages …

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Gunmen_Of_The_Rio_Grande_Review


(The Man With a Name) #9

I like this one, too.


(Grinder) #10

Nice review :slight_smile:
I like this early Spaghetti,too.
Does anybody have some reliable facts about the uncut runtime?
My dvdr runs about 79 Minutes (PAL), so more or less the same as the youtube versions.
So I doubt that there is a 100 Min (cinema runtime) Version available?
Maybe a mistake in database???

I also have a nice 35mm copy in German language but unfortunately reel 2 (out of 5) is missing :frowning:


(JonathanCorbett) #11

The original film length of the Italian version Sfida a Rio Bravo is 2354 meters, equivalent to 86 minutes.


(Grinder) #12

Okay, thanks :slight_smile:

Maybe someone should update the database or is there any proof information that maybe a spanish print was 100 minutes?
I doubt that because spanish TV version is about 79 min. PAL (about 82 min. in Cinema)


(Grinder) #13

I now have a German TV print available that runs 80:39 Min in PAL.
That is about 84 Min in Cinema. The version has no final credits or end music.