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?
, among other well-known actresses, was approached to play Mattie, but she turned it down. Robert Mitchum
had told her that Henry Hathaway
was impossible to work with. She later said it was one of the biggest professional mistakes of her career. See more
La Boeuf puts the serving spoon back in the bowl and picks up his fork. The next shot shows him putting the serving spoon back in bowl and picking up a piece of chicken. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Fame: Relationships
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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