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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The strangest trio ever to track a killer.
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Did You Know?
Rooster Cogburn's cat, named "General Sterling Price" is a reference to a real life Brigadier General (of that name) for the Confederacy in the US Civil War, who refused to surrender at war's end, and took his troops into Mexico, seeking service under Emperor Maximilian. This may be construed as an indirect reference to the other film John Wayne
made in 1969, The Undefeated
(1969), a fictionalized accounting of the same events, with Wayne portraying a Union colonel who becomes involved with the unsurrendered Confederate troops on the way to Mexico. The Undefeated was made first, but released after True Grit. True Grit was released in June 1969 for the summer, and The Undefeated was released November 1969, for the Thanksgiving/Christmas period. See more
Mattie Ross' gun is a Colt Walker, not a Colt Dragoon as stated by Rooster. (The movie's producers wanted to use the larger Walker to enhance the image of a little girl using such a large gun.) See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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