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. A fearless, one-eyed U.S. marshal who never knew a dry day in his life... a Texas ranger thirsty for bounty money... and a girl still wet behind the ears who didn't care what they were or who they were as long as they had true grit.
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Did You Know?
Despite its commercial success, John Wayne
was not pleased with the finished film. He greatly disliked Kim Darby
's performance, and told interviewers that he had starred in much better films like Stagecoach
(1939). At the Oscar ceremony on 9 April 1970 Wayne personally told Richard Burton
that he felt he should have won the Oscar instead, for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in Anne of the Thousand Days
(1969). See more
When Mattie is emerging from her sleeping area when they are close to Lucky Ned Pepper's hideout, it is evident that she is wearing a form of black nylon tights. Not something you would see in the 1870's. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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