There’s a new John Ford/Wayne western available on Blu-ray, and there’s a little something in it about healing a divided country. Seem appropriate.
But that’s only one component of Rio Grande. The rest is much more traditional. Wayne stars as York — the dusty D’Artagnan Wayne first embodied in Fort Apache (1948) — O’Hara stars as York’s estranged wife, Kathleen, a Southern aristocrat harboring ill-will toward the cavalry 15 years following the end of the Civil War. The two of them coming together mirrors Ford’s hope that America will reconcile its differences. … Therein lies the beauty of Rio Grande: Popular entertainment from a complicated time made by strong personalities with contradictory beliefs.Boulder Weekly Vol. 28, No. 21, “Way down Texas way.”