Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo (1959)

20 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: When Rick Nelson tells Angie Dickinson to throw the plant pot through the window to distract the gunmen who threaten John Wayne he seems to have had a hair cut between scenes as his sideburns are halved by the time he reaches the street and grow again later.

Continuity mistake: When the sheriff goes to the hotel bar and talks to "Feathers", she picks up a bowl and then the camera angle changes and the bowl is back in the corner. Also, the shot glasses they use keep changing positions. They're a few inches apart then a foot apart, then close again. (01:00:00)

Continuity mistake: In the film's climax, Ricky Nelson is shooting out a window. A bullet hits on the frame and gouges the wood. In the next camera shot of Ricky the gouge is gone and the following shot, it is back.

Continuity mistake: The brim of John Wayne's battered hat goes through so many changes I stopped counting - in one sequence it's bent upward, in the next it is flat, in the next it's bent up (even more) again, etc.

Continuity mistake: When Dude is getting a shave from "Feathers", she does under his nose, but when she says she's done and he goes to stand up there is a white strip under his nose. After the towel's off it's gone.

Audio problem: When the sheriff offers Dude a beer and says, "It's cold," when Dude is getting off his horse he says, "As long as it's beer," but his lips don't match the words. (00:14:00)

Continuity mistake: When Dude is in the bar looking for the man that ran in there, there is a mug of beer on the bar. It is right up against the rail. Later, it's in the middle of the bar then against the rail again.

Continuity mistake: After Colorado tells the sheriff what the music is about, the sheriff goes into the jail and sits on the desk. He sits on the brim of his hat on the desk. In the next shot his hat has moved away and in on the inkwell.

Continuity mistake: When Dude was going in to see Joe (behind the bars) Dude passes a small cupboard with a blue pot hanging from the side, but in the next shot, it's gone.


Other mistake: When Joe shoots the person at the beginning of the movie the character is played by Bing Russell (Kurt's father). Later in the movie when Dude is ambushed at the entrance to the town, they give a guy his hat to impersonate Dude - it's Bing Russell again, after he was killed off at the beginning and why Joe is arrested in the first place.


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Suggested correction: The actor in that scene is not Bing Russell.

Continuity mistake: When the sheriff is talking to Wheeler at the bar, they move to a table and the sheriff pulls down the shade. As they talk the camera angle changes and so does the bottom of the shade. Now you see the window sill. (00:29:00)

Continuity mistake: When Dude is in the bar looking for the man that ran in there, they show a view from the man up in the loft. Look at the pool table in the background. It has balls and cues on it which change positions as that bar scene plays out.

Continuity mistake: When Burdette rides into town the camera is behind Dude and he has his hands on his belt. The camera angle changes to his front and he suddenly has his left hand on the hitching post.

Revealing mistake: After leaving the poker game, Feathers goes upstairs to her room followed by the sheriff. When she enters the darkened room she turns up a lamp. Her shadow is OK but the sheriff is standing just inside the door and his shadow is too far to his left.


Continuity mistake: After Stumpy shoots the 2 cowboys trying to free Joe from jail. John Wayne grabs a shotgun and swivels it around. Then Colorado shoots the third guy coming through the front door and John Wayne is seen swiveling the shotgun again.

Jay Davis

Other mistake: When Wheeler is walking down the street, the view is from behind a man with a rifle at a window. When he shoots it is obvious the rifle was pointing to the far right of Wheeler. (00:44:00)

Continuity mistake: The sheriff, Carlos and wife and Feathers are in the back room. The sheriff asks Feathers if she was sorry she missed the stage. When he does, Carlos' wife turns her head to look at Feathers then turns back to the right. Immediately after she does that, the scene switches angles and she is shown turning her head to the right again.


Other mistake: The cell door inside the jail has the keyhole for the lock on the inside of the cell instead of facing outward. This is very convenient for the person locked inside, but not convenient for the sheriff.

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Other mistake: When the Mexican girl yells for help she is only a couple of rooms from where Chance is yet Chance runs downstairs to rescue her.

Feathers: I thought you were never going to say it.
John T. Chance: Say what?
Feathers: That you love me.
John T. Chance: I said I'd arrest you.
Feathers: It means the same thing, you know that.

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