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?
The character of Mattie was supposed to be 14. Kim Darby
was 21 when the film was made in late 1968 and had already given birth to her first child. See more
When Chaney is waiting for the ranger and Mattie to return from watching Rooster and Ned's gang shoot it out he decides to pick up a rock and use it on the ranger. One wonders why he didn't just recover the rifle that was tossed aside before. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more