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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Hal B Wallis always wanted John Wayne to play Rooster Coogburn but was considering either Robert Mitchum or Walter Matthau if Wayne didn't sign up. See more
At dinner with Mattie & Chen, Rooster angrily tosses his finished plate atop the stew pot and a chunk of bread tumbles off onto the table. Different size chunks of bread reappear and disappear in subsequent shots. 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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