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?
had two competitors for the Oscar for Best Actor in 1970--Richard Burton
, who was nominated for Anne of the Thousand Days
(1969) portraying England's King Henry VIII, a role that had already won an Oscar for Charles Laughton
in The Private Life of Henry VIII.
(1933); and Peter O'Toole
, nominated for Goodbye, Mr. Chips
(1969), a role that had already won an Oscar for Robert Donat
in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
(1939). This year marked the first time in Oscar history that an actor was nominated for a role for which another actor had already won an Oscar. Wayne's successor in the Rooster Cogburn role, Jeff Bridges
(in True Grit
(2010)), would also be nominated for Best Actor for his Cogburn portrayal. Bridges actually won his Oscar for Crazy Heart
(2009), the year previously, which featured Robert Duvall
, who also appeared in this film. Duvall would also go on to appear in The Godfather
(1972) and The Godfather: Part II
(1974), in which Marlon Brando
and Robert De Niro
would both win an Oscar for playing Vito Corleone. See more
When Mattie and Ned get back to the camp Cheney is getting his ribs wounds tended to and sitting with her father's gun in his lap but when he dragged Mattie away from the river he only grabbed his rifle and left the gun where she dropped it. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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