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
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org> [edited]
The strangest trio ever to track a killer. A fearless, one-eyed U.S. marshal who never knew a dry day in his life... a Texas ranger thirsty for bounty money... and a girl still wet behind the ears who didn't care what they were or who they were as long as they had true grit.
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Did You Know?
Stunt double Jim Burk
performed the entire scene where Rooster Cogburn charged Ned Pepper's gang on horseback. John Wayne
was only seen briefly in close-up, and he was riding on a trailer, not a horse. See more
When LaBoeuf and Rooster are discussing the venture at Chen Lee's, Mattie repeatedly changes position between shots. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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