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?
While most of the characters in the film are purely fictional, there is one character who is based on a real person. Judge Parker is based on the actual Judge Isaac Parker of the Western District, who held court in Fort Smith, Arkansas during the period of the movie, and was known as a hanging judge. See more
When Mattie receives the money from Stonehill, the money is clearly 20th century issued US currency, and it is both smaller in size and much less intricate than the currency issued by the federal government in the years following the US Civil War. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
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