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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Did You Know?
Despite its commercial success, John Wayne
was not pleased with the finished film. He greatly disliked Kim Darby
's performance, and while promoting the film for its U.S. release in June 1969, he told interviewers that he had starred in much better films, citing Stagecoach
(1939) as an example. At the Oscar ceremony on April 9, 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 riding her horse across the river, the water doesn't appear to be flowing, indicating this sequence was shot in a lake or pond. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Spoofed in Dr. Dolittle 3
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