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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Did You Know?
The character of Mattie was supposed to be 14. Kim Darby
was 21 when the film was made in late 1968 and had already given birth to her first child. See more
When Mattie is emerging from her sleeping area when they are close to Lucky Ned Pepper's hideout, it is evident that she is wearing a form of black nylon tights. Not something you would see in the 1870's. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Followed by Rooster Cogburn
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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