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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A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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Did You Know?
The legendary Jay Silverheels
of Lone Ranger and Tonto fame has a bit uncredited part as one of the "Condemned Man at Hanging." See more
Rooster reports Lucky Ned Pepper had robbed the KATY Flyer, a train that did not start running until 1896, long after the time in which the story is set. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Getting Into Heaven
(Folk Song) See more