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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A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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Did You Know?
The legendary Jay Silverheels
of Lone Ranger and Tonto fame has a bit uncredited part as one of the "Condemned Man at Hanging." See more
When Mattie is talking to Ned while they wait for Rooster to get to the bald ridge she's telling him how Hayes is dead too along with the boy that saved his life. Ned answers "I'm happy he done what he done but he should have kept his head and looked out for himself. That goes for your good friend Rooster too." and while he's talking you can see Mattie's eyes glance away 2 or 3 times as if checking her cue cards for her next lines. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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