Nice piece at the Wall Street Journal about a very entertaining John Wayne western:
The phrase "cult favorite" conjures up images of wobbly hand-held camera shots and little-known actors. But "Rio Bravo" was shot in glorious Technicolor and starred perhaps the most popular star in movie history. Most cult films are too hip to be popular, and most big hits are too popular to be hip. But "Rio Bravo" is that rarest of films -- both popular and hip.
I've seen it a couple of times, and the thing that struck me about it was that Dean Martin, someone I've never thought of as an actor, was very good. Anyway, it's a good piece about a great film.