YMMV / Rio Bravo

  • Adaptation Displacement: There was originally a book by B. H. McCampbell.
  • Awesome Music: The score by Dimitri Tiomkin.
    • Howard Hawks realised that he had Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in his film, so he put a musical number in. Martin sings "My Rifle, My Pony and Me", while Nelson leads a singalong of "Come Along Home, Cindy".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film was a huge success in Italy, laying the groundwork for the following decade's Spaghetti Western boom.
  • He Really Can Act: Despite appearing to call for nothing more than John Wayne's typical performance, the film lets him show more range than usual, as Chance has quite a few vulnerable moments where it's clear how worried he really is about making it through the standoff. He also gets really flustered in his scenes with Feathers.
    • The film allso showed people that Dean Martin could do more than sing or be straight man to former comedy team partner Jerry Lewis. The scenes where recovering alcoholic Dude is going through withdrawal and has the "shakes" proved how good a dramatic actor he could be.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If you didn't think Joe Burdette was a Jerkass for tossing a coin in a spittoon for Dude or forcing a kiss on a woman, you will when he murders a man for absolutely no reason other than he tried to break up his fight with Dude.
  • The Woobie: Dude.