The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man. Written by
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When Mattie visits Little Blackie at the corral prior to the purchase, electrical power lines can be clearly seen in the background. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Taking Woodstock
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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