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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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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)
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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 (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:
Anachronisms: Although the date on Frank Ross's grave indicates he died in 1880, the rifle Cogburn carries is a Winchester Model 1892 saddle carbine.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Frank Ross:Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank:I will.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Raquel! (1970) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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44 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
More than Just a Fat Old Man, 3 January 2006
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

"True Grit" deals with one of the classic Western themes, indeed one of the classic themes in all literature- revenge. A teenage girl, Mattie Ross, is looking for someone who will help her track down Tom Chaney, the man who murdered her father. The man Mattie chooses is Rooster Cogburn, a US Marshal. Cogburn is elderly, fat, one-eyed and a heavy drinker, but Mattie chooses him because she has heard that he has "true grit". The two of them set out into the Indian Territory in search of Chaney, accompanied by La Boeuf (shouldn't that be Le Boeuf?), a Texas ranger who wants to arrest him in connection with another murder.

This is perhaps best remembered today as the film for which John Wayne won his only Oscar. Halliwell's Film Guide rather ungraciously refers to it as a "sentimental Oscar, for daring to look old and fat", but there is more to Wayne's performance than that. The Academy, in fact, had tended to overlook Wayne, just as they overlooked the Western genre which provided him with most of his roles; well over a hundred films had only brought him two previous nominations. Cogburn, however, was one of his best roles. On the surface a hard-bitten, irascible old man, he has hidden depths to his character- not only the courage and determination implied by the phrase "true grit", but also a sense of humour and a capacity for tenderness. Cogburn is a lonely man, divorced from his wife and alienated from his only son, and his only friends are a Chinese storekeeper (a rare acknowledgement from Hollywood that not every inhabitant of the West was either white or an Indian) and his cat. A close relationship, however, grows up between him and the orphaned Mattie, for whom he becomes a substitute father. In turn, she becomes the daughter he never had- or perhaps even a substitute son.

Mattie is a complex character. There is much about her that is androgynous- her tomboy looks, her short hair, even her name, which can be short for Matthew as well as Matilda or Martha. She is brave and determined (there is a suggestion that the phrase "true grit" applies to her as well), but can also be a pain in the neck, especially to Cogburn. She is at times wise in the ways of the world and at others strangely innocent. She is part avenging angel, part bookish intellectual (shown by her rather formal language) and part vulnerable child. It is a role that called for an outstanding performance and got one from Kim Darby who was able to bring out all the various facets of Mattie's character. (This is the only film of hers that I have seen, but it seems strange on the strength of this that her subsequent cinema career has been so patchy). Unfortunately, Glenn Campbell, a singer with little previous acting experience, made a weak La Boeuf. It is probably as well that John Wayne did not get his way when he wanted Karen Carpenter, a singer with absolutely no previous acting experience, to play the role of Mattie instead of Darby. Great actors do not always make great casting directors.

"True Grit" does not perhaps have the depth of meaning of some of the truly great Westerns, such as "High Noon", "Unforgiven" or Wayne's last film, "The Shootist", but it is a very good one. It is a fast-moving and exciting adventure, notable for some beautiful photography of mountainous landscapes (although it is ostensibly set in relatively flat Oklahoma, it was actually filmed in Colorado and California), for one of the great iconic moments of the Western (the scene where Cogburn gallops alone into battle, guns blazing, against four opponents) and for two excellent performances in the two main roles. 7/10

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