Rio Lobo

Synopsis: Col. Cord McNally an ex union officer teams up with a couple of ex Johnny Rebs to search for the traitor who sold information to the South during the Civil War. Their quest brings them to the town of Rio Lobo where they help recover this little Texas town from ruthless outlaws who are led by the traitor they were looking for.
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Come on,

pick up your feet.

- This box is pretty heavy, Lieutenant.

- Gold usually is.

Come on, get a hold of it in there.

- Get in there with it, and stay there.

- Yes, sir.

Tell Colonel McNally the train's ready.

- We're waiting instructions.

- Yes, sir.

Tell Colonel McNally

the train is ready.

- Waiting instructions.

- Thanks.

I'm sorry to disturb you, Colonel.

You were told to, Lieutenant.

You'd have been sorrier if you hadn't.

Yes, sir.

- What do you want?

- A message from Plainsburg.

- What does Lieutenant Forsythe want?

- Further instructions, sir.

You tell the Lieutenant to get in that car,

and stay there until I knock on the door.

Yes, sir.

- Sergeant, the gold's on the train.

- Did you hear that?

The Colonel says for you

to get in that car

and stay there

until he knocks on the door.

Good luck, Lieutenant.

Let's go.

Hey, Sergeant.

The train's left Plainsburg.

You all hear that?

Keep on listening.


Message coming through.

- The train is on its way.

- Better get ready.

- Don't worry, Captain.

- We're waiting.

What time is that train due

at River Junction?

About 15 minutes, sir.

She'll take on wood and water.

- Who's in command?

- Captain Barrett, sir.

Well, you give Captain Barrett

my compliments.

And tell him if anything goes wrong

at River Junction,

I will personally see

that he rues the day.

Yes, sir.

I can't see how you can hear a train

by listening to the rail.

- Them rails is all put together...

- Shut up!

Keep quiet.

- Here she comes, Sarge.

- All right. Get back.

Don't let nobody see ya.

And don't come out till I tell ya.

It's hard to let that much gold go by.

When it gets as far as the Captain,

we'll get it back.

All right, boys. Let's go.

Move it. Come on.

Let's get those ropes across the track.

Bigfoot, tell the Captain

the train passed here.

Sure, Sergeant.

- Get 'em to tie them ropes well.

- Tie those ropes hard and fast.

Hank, move faster,

or the train will be gone!

Captain! They left River Junction.

James... you got enough grease?

We've got enough so when that train

hits, it won't go nowhere.

- You'd better put it on extra heavy.

- Yes, sir.

- Yes, sir.

- You ready?

These hornets are getting mad.

Just listen to 'em.

They're mad all right.

- How does it look, Lieutenant?

- Well, it looks just fine.

- She's a comin', Captain.

- Everybody get out of sight.

And don't come out until you see me.

Beauford, get down from that tree.

- Train's left River Junction, sir.

- Good.

Once it gets here,

there's not much to worry about.

- It isn't here yet, Lieutenant.

- No, sir, but...

- So, do you mind if I worry?

- No, sir.

- May I say something, Colonel?

- Go ahead.

Is it because from River Junction

to here is the worst part of the trip

that you gave

the gold detail to Lieutenant Forsythe?

That's one of the reasons.

He's been with you

quite a while, hasn't he, sir?

- Since the war began.

- Yes, sir.

That engine's sure pullin' hard

up that hill.

We're slowing down, Lieutenant.

Watch her when she hits the grease.

The wheels are slipping

and we have no traction.


We've got to get out of here.

- We're all set, Captain.

- Good. Billy Joe, get that wire down.

Blow off her steam.

All right, everybody on.

Cut loose.

Come on, get on.

Hurry up! Hurry up!

Jack, come on!

Get up, Jack!

Willie, you nearly didn't make it.

The wire's dead.

Could be the lines are down.

The wires are dead

between here and River Junction!

- Damn! Call in your outposts.

- Yes, sir.

Open the door.

- Captain, them hornets is sure busy.

- Yeah. I see 'em.

For God's sake, Harry, jump!

Let's go! Jump!

Get off the train.

- I can't see.

- Jump.

- Johnson, is that all of them?

- I'll find out, Captain.

Can't see a soul.

Give those hornets some smoke

and get them out of there.

I don't want 'em there when I go in.

It's all yours, Captain.

Yes, sir.

We're going faster than we figured.

Can you slow it down?

- Brakes don't do no good, Captain.

- We're gonna hit hard.

You'd better find a good hold.

- Good work, Sergeant.

- Have any trouble?

- Not much.

- Bide's handling the gold.

The horses are here.

You'll be all right, Jim.

- What happened?

- They greased the track.

They jumped us and knocked us out.

When I came to, the train was gone.

- Can you get this thing going?

- No, sir. All the steam is gone.

- So much booty!

- Hand me some.

We got plenty for everybody.

- We got the gold all right, sir.

- Get it loaded quickly.

It's heavy, Sarge.

Let's go. Keep it moving.

Corporal, get that wagon started.

Let's not take all day, men.

All right, move out.

- How is he, Corporal?

- He's got a bad cut on his shoulder.

- I'll be all right.

- What's the matter with your face?

- They threw a hornet's nest in the car.

- That's why we had to jump, sir.

- Where's Lieutenant Forsythe?

- Down the track. He's hurt pretty bad.

- Lieutenant.

- Yes, sir.

Stand at ease. Fall out and give 'em

a hand here. Move forward!

Colonel McNally, over here.


Sorry, sir. But we couldn't stay

in that car with all those hornets.

I know. Can you feel this?

Colonel, those Rebs had to know

beforehand about that gold.

- They sure as hell did.

- They sure got the jump on us.

- Can you feel this, Ned?

- No. It just feels numb, sir.

Can you move your head?

No. But it doesn't hurt, sir.

- I'll be all right.

- Your neck's broken.

I'm sorry

I can't wait here with you, but...

I know, sir.


- Catch 'em, will ya?

- I will.

Corporal, get up in that car

and take a look-see.

Wyler, get on ahead of us,

see which way they took off.

Probably south.

Colonel, the gold's gone.

They got it, sir.

I thought so.

Here, Colonel.

They had a wagon.

You can see the tracks. They split up.

Part of them went that way

with the wagon and the rest out there.

The wagon was heavy coming in

and heavy when it left.

The load could have come

from this pile of stones.

Maybe that's what

they wanted us to think.

- You mean the gold's on the wagon?

- Well, I'm goin' after the wagon.

You take half the troop

and follow those that went to the east.


you and your squad follow me.

And Lieutenant... If you catch 'em,

I want you to bring a couple back.

- And I want them to be able to talk.

- Yes, sir.

Follow me.

Jenkins. Check that trail.

- Colonel.

- What is it?

Here's a button from a Reb uniform.

Could have come this way.

- Could a wagon get up there?

- Not a chance.

You and Miller come with me

and the rest of you follow that trail.

If the gold was in the wagon,

they're packing it now.

- They came into the water here.

- They went upstream or downstream?

Who can say?

All right. You two go downstream

and I'll go upstream.

Hey, Johnny Reb,

stay right where you are!

Yank, I'm unarmed.

That's what bothers me.

Turn around anyway.

- Don't drown him.

- I won't.

He hit his head, Captain.

Give us a hand here.

He's heavier than a baby whale!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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