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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)
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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:
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:
Stunt double Jim Burk performed the entire scene where Rooster Cogburn charged Ned Pepper's gang on horseback. John Wayne was only seen briefly in close-up, and he was riding on a trailer, not a horse.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shootout between Rooster and Pepper's gang, the film reverses for a few seconds. Rooster's eye patch moves to the right eye, the bandanna switches sides, and his rifle and pistol change hands.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Frank Ross:Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank:I will.
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74 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Beware The One-Eyed Duke, 8 May 2006
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

"Come see a fat old man sometime!"

John Wayne's parting comment in this film is directed as much at us the viewers as it is at the young woman his Rooster Cogburn character is addressing. In a way, Wayne throughout the film plays off the image he cemented in dozens of great and near-great westerns, with a nod that by 1969, he along with the western genre had fallen behind the times, that his shoot-first approach to law and order had worn thin with the critical establishment just as it does in Judge Parker's courtroom.

In that way, playing a character of such dogged homicidal cussedness as the hard-drinking, one-eyed ex-Quantrill Raider Rooster Cogburn and giving him a teenaged girl seeking justice to play off so as to showcase his essential decency seems a clever means to win Wayne an Oscar, which he finally did here, a sentimental triumph over some more heralded performances. With such an attitude, you might think "True Grit" would come off a bit of a one-trick pony 37 years on. But it doesn't. In many ways, both the film and Wayne's performance come off better than ever.

Helping matters a lot is the support Wayne receives from two women. As the heroine, Matty Ross, Kim Darby provides Wayne with a fantastic foil, doughty to the point of rudeness, forever finding fault in others but earning your good will through her simple faith in justice and loyalty to the memory of her slain father, for whom she wants Rooster's help avenging. As she is told by a horse dealer she banters with: "I admire your sand."

The other is Marguerite Roberts, whose adaptation of Charles Portis' novel bristles with good humor and an ear for the period. "If ever I meet one of you Texas waddies who ain't drunk water from a hoofprint, I think I'll... I'll shake their hand or buy 'em a Daniel Webster cee-gar," Rooster tells his braggart riding companion, a young Texas Ranger played by country singer and ex-Beach Boy Glen Campbell.

Campbell may be a novice and a third wheel in the interplay between Wayne and Darby, but he acquits himself well and delivers a worthy performance in a cast stacked with talented actors like Robert Duvall, Jeremy Slate, and Strother Martin, not to mention Dennis Hopper, hiding the long hair he made famous in "Easy Rider" that same year. Some of these actors portray bad guys, but Roberts' script and director Henry Hathaway's languid pacing allow them to present some humanizing qualities that go a long way toward making "True Grit" more than your typical shoot-em-up oater.

Even Jeff Corey, who plays a no-account named Chaney who shot Matty's father, has a funny scene when he tells Matty how to cock her pistol, then whines after she shoots him with it: "Everything happens to me!"

About the only fault I can find with the film is Elmer Bernstein's bombastic score, which employs overly ornate orchestration like kettledrums when Matty has her showdown with Chaney and is tuneless apart from the title song, which is Campbell's best moment here. Hathaway's direction is somewhat pedestrian but serves the script, and showcases some incredible autumnal vistas of tall birch and pine where Rooster and Matty search for Chaney, photographed by Lucien Ballard in a style akin to (but more dreamy than) his work on the same year's "The Wild Bunch."

1969 was the last great year for westerns, with this, "The Wild Bunch," "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid," "Support Your Local Sheriff" and "Once Upon A Time In the West," and its interesting how Ballard, Corey, and Strother Martin turned up in more than one of them. But good westerns never really go out of style, they just sit on the shelf awhile like an old Stetson waiting to be rediscovered. Nobody wore a Stetson better, or deserved an Oscar more, than John Wayne. "True Grit" does the double duty of showing why he was a star and further burnishing his luster.

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