The World Premiere of “Gunfight at Rio Bravo” took place in Tucson, AZ on January 17, 2023. The stars and creators walked the red carpet Tuesday night at the historical Loft Cinema in Tucson.

“When we were making “Gunfight at Rio Bravo” in 2021, I fell in love with Arizona, and we made another one in 2022, so we made two already. This is the first one, and I’m very happy to present it,” said the action film’s main star and three-time Mr. Universe Alexander Nevsky.

Director Joe Cornet and Nevsky has filmed two movies in Southern Arizona within two years. Tuesday’s screening marked the world premiere of the first of the two. In the second, “Taken from Rio Bravo,” Nevsky will reprise his role as ‘mysterious Russian gunslinger’ Ivan Turchin.

“I love shooting in Arizona. We filmed at a marvelous place called Gammon’s Gulch (close to the legendary Tombstone) and I love shooting there,” said film director Joe Cornet. “The people are so wonderful. We have a bunch of Arizona locals that we use both in crew, actors, backgrounds, extras. This is marvelous, and I’m glad to be back for the premiere.”

Gunfight at Rio Bravo is out in limited theatres, on DVD, Digital and On-Demand in North America from Shout! Studios. Experience the wild, action-filled tale of gunslinging, friendships, and the battles between good and evil with this western thriller!

Synopsis: Three-time Mr. Universe Alexander Nevsky joins action stars Olivier Gruner (Nemesis) and Matthias Hues (Dark Angel) in a thrilling Western adventure from director Joe Cornet (A Prayer For The Damned).

When mysterious Russian gunslinger Ivan Turchin (Nevsky) rides into a small Texas town, he runs afoul of a bloodthirsty outlaw gang known as The Hellhounds. Outmanned and outgunned, the town must put their trust in Turchin to protect them from annihilation at the hands of the bandits. The gunslinger finds allies in the form of Marshal Austin Carter (Gruner) and Sheriff Vernon Kelly (Cornet), and together the three must make a desperate stand against impossible and violent odds.

I’ve seen the movie and it’s arguably Nevsky’s best film to date and you can never go wrong having legends like Olivier Gruner and Matthias Hues in the cast.

Hues nearly steals the show as the charismatic yet unhinged villain Crowley although I do wish we had a fight scene between Hues and Gruner, but there’s always the sequel…

Gruner still has the moves as he does get some fights in Gunfight at Rio Bravo and the bodycount is suitably high as well; the final 20 minutes is when the big showdown occurs and it’s satisfying stuff with Sean Murray’s score working well with Art Camacho’s well choreographed action scenes.

What’s interesting about this movie is that Nevsky’s character Ivan is actually based on a real person so here’s hoping we get a few more sequels as his life was an exciting one. You’ll see some tidbits of information about his life during the end credits and it’s fascinating stuff.

Joe Cornet directs and stars really looking the part as the Sheriff giving off a Chuck Norris in Walker: Texas Ranger vibe.

Overall, Gunfight at Rio Bravo is an entertaining modern Western with a cast of action legends doing what they do best and it’s arguably Alexander Nevsky’s best film to date. I’m excited to see where the story goes for the upcoming sequel Taken from Rio Bravo.