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
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org> [edited]
A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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Did You Know?
Rooster's given name is revealed to be 'Reuben J. Cogburn.' See more
Rooster mentions that he lived for some years in Cairo, Illinois, but he mispronounces the name of the town. The local pronunciation is KAY-row. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Followed by Rooster Cogburn
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more