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?
Stunt double Jim Burk
performed the entire scene where Rooster Cogburn charged Ned Pepper's gang on horseback. John Wayne
was only seen briefly in close-up, and he was riding on a trailer, not a horse. See more
When Mattie approaches the ferry pulling the horse to join Cogburn and La Boeuf, her shadow indicates the sun's position to the right. Subsequently, all of them are shown from behind, with their shadows indicating the sun's position to the right again. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more