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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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User Reviews:
The Honor of a Lifetime See more (157 total) »

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Final feature film role for veteran character actor Stuart Randall, who portrayed McAlester (uncredited).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Mattie rides her horse across the river, when Rooster and Le Boeuf won't let her on the ferry, her clothes are perfectly dry.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:
Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
WILDWOOD FLOWERSee more »

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69 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
The Honor of a Lifetime, 21 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Now personally there are John Wayne performances in terms of acting that I like better than True Grit. Among others Fort Apache, The Searchers, Red River, The Horse Soldiers, to name a few. And certain films like The Commancheros and McLintock and Big Jake I find to be more entertaining.

What True Grit does is succeed on both levels, being both great entertainment and giving John Wayne the acting role of a lifetime in the person of Rooster Cogburn.

Mattie Ross from Darnell and Yell County Arkansas personified by Kim Darby has come to Fort Smith seeking the killer of her father Jeff Corey. Turns out he's also killed a State Senator in Texas so Texas Ranger Glen Campbell informs her. Both of them team up with United States Marshal Rooster Cogburn who resides in Fort Smith with Chin Lee and my favorite movie cat, General Sterling Price.

Corey is now in the outlaw band headed by Robert Duvall at large in the Indian Nation Territory that became Oklahoma. True Grit's plot is the trio's pursuit of Duvall, Corey and the rest of the gang.

But oddly enough True Grit isn't really about plot. It's about the creation of a character. Like Margaret Mitchell who wrote Gone With the Wind with Clark Gable in mind for Rhett Butler, Charles Portis wrote the novel True Grit with only John Wayne in mind as Rooster Cogburn. It must have been one singular delight for Charles Portis to see the Duke flesh out Rooster Cogburn exactly as he conceived him.

Tough old Rooster, likes an occasional drink, isn't above a little larceny, but has one stern moral code about real bad guys. Bring him in dead or alive and make sure you shoot first coming up against them. And he's got quite the colorful past as he relates tales of his younger days to Campbell and Darby on the trail.

In other reviews I've said that John Wayne had one of the great faces for movie closeups. You can see a perfect example of that in that scene with John Fiedler who plays Darby's lawyer J. Noble Daggett. A man who rates high in the legal profession in that area having forced a railroad into bankruptcy.

The camera is facing Fiedler as he's talking to Wayne about his visit with Darby who's life Wayne saved. Wayne's got about a third of his face to the camera. But even with that third, your eyes are focused on the Duke and his reactions and then as the camera slowly pans around to Wayne in full face his reaction shots are hysterical. You don't work with scene stealing character actors like Chill Wills, Walter Brennan, and Gabby Hayes for 30 years without learning something.

John Wayne was up against some stiff competition in 1969 for the Best Actor Oscar. It was his second nomination, the first being for Sands of Iwo Jima. He was facing Richard Burton as Henry VIII in Anne of a Thousand Days and a couple of newcomers named Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight for Midnight Cowboy. He was certainly the sentimental favorite.

If in no other place in our lives, sentiment does have its place in cinema. It was an honor well deserved, not just for one performance but for a lifetime of achievement in cinema being the player who put more people into movie seats than any other person ever. So many of the Duke's contemporaries like Edward G. Robinson, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power were never even nominated for an Oscar much less win one.

Because the Motion Picture Academy has deemed this John Wayne's grandest cinematic achievement, it's almost a command to support this fine western and the man who defined the western hero and is still defining it.

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