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Rio Bravo - Barfight

by Michelle Langford

This is close to the beginning of the film and illustrates the setting (social milieu), characters and central conflict of the film. Note how this shows a town that is dominated by the bad guys. This is a social milieu in crisis, disarray. There isn’t much support for the sheriff (John Wayne), apart from his ex-drunk deputy and a couple of other incompetents, Wayne must fight the bad elements alone to clean up the town.

Rio Bravo - Barfight

This is a good example of a classic bar fight scene in the 'classical' Western.

from Rio Bravo (1958)
Creator: Howard Hawks
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Posted by Michelle Langford