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?
In 1968, John Wayne was a judge on "Your All-American College Show," a syndicated talent show for young college students. Singer Karen Carpenter, along with her brother Richard Carpenter, who had not yet struck gold as the recording duo "The Carpenters," were competing on the show that week as "The Dick Carpenter Trio." Wayne was so impressed with Karen Carpenter's effervescent personality that he wanted her for the role of Mattie. However, according to Carpenter's family, the film's producers wanted to go with a name actress, and not a singer who, at the time, was virtually unknown. 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.
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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