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True Grit (1969)

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net> [edited]

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21 June 1969 (Japan)  »

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$14,250,000 (USA)
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While John Wayne and Henry Hathaway didn't think much of Kim Darby's acting abilities, she had nothing but praise for Wayne: "He was wonderful to work with . . . ". However, she told producer Hal B. Wallis that she never wanted to work with Hathaway again. See more »

Goofs

When Mattie and Rooster are looking for a place to set up the ambush on their side she wants to get her revolver and he says "What for? So you can shoot off your foot?" then stops her by grabbing the back of her jacket then leading her off holding her in front of him. Next they are still walking but he's no longer holding her jacket and they have switched positions with him in front and her following him. See more »

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[first lines]
Frank Ross: Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank: I will.
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Referenced in Taking Woodstock (2009) See more »

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True Grit
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell (uncredited)
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By God, he doesn't remind me of me!
26 December 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

First on UK BBC1 on Christmas Day 1974 and shown again many times since has meant I never bothered taping this classic - now I've seen it umpteen times it still leaves me smiling. The relentlessly eccentric badinage between the 3 main characters and others should be enough to make anyone smile, even with a little violence and a few serious points raised along the way.

A tough man on a tough hunt for a gang of toughs - it's John Wayne's film all the way, with this he passed into his last phase in the saddle with a continuous wink at the cowboy parody he had become and which no-one else will ever match. By now after 40 years he was an American legend, your giant avuncular instant-lawman starring in his next horse opera - True Grit would really be nothing special without him, with the fat old man it's a nice Western comedy. We in the audience knew he had Grit before he came on, Kim Darby was just too slow on the uptake. I never understood why the script was so uncharitable to the Texican horse-killing son of a bitch Campbell, he's belittled right up to the scenes in Mattie's family graveyard.

Overall a shot in the arm (or leg!) if seen every few years - even in 1969 entertaining action films could still be made!


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