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 character of Rooster Cogburn was supposed to be around forty. John Wayne
was 61 when the film was made. See more
After the characters in Fort Smith, Arkansas ride into Indian territory, there are many shots of rocky peaks and snow-covered mountains. There are no such mountains within several hours' automobile drive of Fort Smith. Fort Smith is located in the Arkansas River Valley with the Ozark Mountains to the north and the Ouachita Mountains to the south. Both the Ozarks and the Ouachitas extend into eastern Oklahoma. The Boston Mountains north of town, which are part of the Ozarks, are green, tree-covered mountains. The Winding Stair Mountains in Oklahoma, where much of the action takes place, are in the Ouachitas. They are about 70 highway miles from Fort Smith. 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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