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

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Director:
Writers:
Charles Portis (novel)
Marguerite Roberts (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1969 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The strangest trio ever to track a killer. See more »
Plot:
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Rooster Cogburn

Glen Campbell ... La Boeuf

Kim Darby ... Mattie Ross
Jeremy Slate ... Emmett Quincy

Robert Duvall ... Ned Pepper

Dennis Hopper ... Moon
Alfred Ryder ... Goudy

Strother Martin ... Col. G. Stonehill

Jeff Corey ... Tom Chaney
Ron Soble ... Capt. Boots Finch

John Fiedler ... Lawyer Daggett
James Westerfield ... Judge Parker

John Doucette ... Sheriff
Donald Woods ... Barlow
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Floyd
Carlos Rivas ... Dirty Bob
Isabel Boniface ... Mrs. Bagby
H.W. Gim ... Chen Lee
John Pickard ... Frank Ross
Elizabeth Harrower ... Mrs. Ross
Ken Renard ... Yarnell
Jay Ripley ... Harold Parmalee
Kenneth Becker ... Farrell Parmalee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Alton ... Boarding House Guest (uncredited)

Wilford Brimley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Boarding House Guest (uncredited)
Myron Healey ... Deputy at Prisoner Unloading (uncredited)

James McEachin ... Judge Parker's Bailiff (uncredited)
Dennis McMullen ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Red - Ferryman (uncredited)
Robin Morse ... Bit Part (uncredited)
General Sterling Price ... Ginger Cat (uncredited)
Stuart Randall ... McAlester (uncredited)

Connie Sawyer ... Talkative Woman at Hanging (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Condemned Man at Hanging (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vince St. Cyr ... Gaspargoo (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... The Hangman (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... R. Ryan - Undertaker (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Charles Portis (novel)

Marguerite Roberts (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Nathan .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Joseph H. Hazen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Set Decoration by
John Burton 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Jack Wilson .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Frank Beetson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William W. Gray .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Adam John Backauskas .... property maker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Meadows .... sound recordist
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Cody Bearpaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Davis .... stunt double (uncredited)
Quentin Dickey .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Gerber .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... stunt double (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jane Bockstruck .... seamstress (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gary Gillingham .... production accountant (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
128 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (2002) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1969) (cut) | France:Unrated | Germany:12 (DVD re-rating) (Blu-ray rating) | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:Unrated | Netherlands:14 (1970) | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-14 | USA:G (edited for re-rating) | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The film's release date of Wednesday, June 11th, 1969 was ten years before John Wayne lost his life, on Monday, June 11th, 1979.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mattie is at the dinner table with Cogburn and Chen Lee, the leftover food and clutter from the crowded dinner table disappears suddenly without anyone cleaning it.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Frank Ross:Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank:I will.
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Soundtrack:
Amazing GraceSee more »

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42 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Authentic, 27 August 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

I have a kind of synchronistic relationship with this movie. I had dinner in a Chinese restaurant in Washington, DC, called "Chin's", and the next day sensed in the theater that the Chinese guy would be called "Chin." A bit later I bought a worn paperback copy of the novel in Mrs. Cohen's bookstore in South Windsor, Connecticut, not expecting much. The dialogue in the movie was stilted. I figured the novel was just some exercise in style. But that was wrong. The novel is even better than the movie. Charles Portis has got Arkansas of circa 1890 down pat. I looked up in the DARE all those expressions that didn't immediately click with me -- "blue john", "that's a big story," "barlow knife," "dogfall," "Christmas gift" -- and they all work. Portis hit every nail on the head, and not only with respect to lexicon. The novel as a whole is beautifully done. Not to denigrate the movie, though. Kim Darby and the other players are good. John Wayne is excellent as a character actor. His performance here ranks up there with his Captain Brittles in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." Why in God's name, after this, did he go back to his usual heroic roles in dismissable efforts like "The Train Robbers." Every word he utters here is "Rooster Cogburn," not "John Wayne," except for one exchange on horseback about Quantrell. Hoarse, drunk, smelly, weighty -- he embodies the part. The cinematography is without equal. Sharp, smooth. A viewer almost smells the junipers and pinon pines of the Colorado mountains and feels the nightly chill in the air and whiffs the campfire smoke. A marvelously done novel turned into as good a movie as possible. At one point, with nothing much being made of it, Kim Darby says of alcohol, "I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains." Portis shouldn't get credit for that because it is a quote from Shakespeare.

I won't identify the play.

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