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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was considered for the role of Mattie Ross. She read the script but wanted to avoid being typecast in juvenile roles, so she turned it down. See more
When Mattie is talking to Ned Pepper while he is watching for Rooster and La Boeuf to appear on the "bald ridge to the north", from a higher rock Harold yells "Hey, Ned!" to alert him to their appearance At that point Mattie and Ned are facing almost the same way, toward the front, and then Mattie swings around to her right to where Harold is, Ned Pepper swings somewhat to his right, but not far; then the next shot (a somewhat longer shot) shows Mattie and Ned facing each other, with Mattie looking straight left and Ned straight right. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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