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?
's Best Actor Oscar win was widely seen as a sentimental choice, more in recognition of his 40-year career. His performance in this movie was dismissed by many critics as over-the-top and hammy. See more
Some of the paths Mattie, Rooster, and La Boeuf ride down have obviously been formed by automobile tires. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in 1969
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