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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A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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was a formerly blacklisted writer due to her extremely left-wing politics. John Wayne
, who had extremely right-wing politics, knew this before he read the script. He read it and liked it. He ignored people who said he shouldn't work on anything that a "blacklisted" writer wrote. According to Scott Eyman
's biography of Wayne, Roberts was not herself blacklisted, but was married to the blacklisted John Sanford
. Wayne wrote to her in 1969 calling her screenplay "magnificent" and hoping she might write another such screenplay with him in mind. See more
When Little Blackie finally falls from being rode too hard they are on an upgrade in a mountainous area with several trees all around. Rooster picks Mattie up and begins carrying her off. He then pauses after a few steps as if deciding which way to go and continues on. Next shot is a long one zooming back from them and we can see the whole area has changed to a more level sage brush filled expanse with no trees around. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
(uncredited) See more