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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Did You Know?
After judging The Carpenters
on a talent show, John Wayne
had Karen Carpenter
read for the part of Mattie. The producers went with Kim Darby
, who had acting experience; however, Wayne did not like working with her, because he felt she was unprofessional on the set. See more
Some of the paths Mattie, Rooster, and La Boeuf ride down have obviously been formed by automobile tires. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
(uncredited) See more