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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.
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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Charles Portis (novel)
Marguerite Roberts (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1969 (USA) See more »
The strangest trio ever to track a killer. See more »
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)
Forest Burns ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
Clark Ross ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
Chalky Williams ... Courtroom Spectator (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
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 .... stunt double: Robert Duvall (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (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)
Crew verified as complete

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128 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2002) (2010) | USA:TV-14 | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22045) (edited for re-rating) | USA:M (MPAA rating: certificate #22045) (original rating) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Sally Field was up for the part of Mattie Ross.See more »
Continuity: When Mattie is talking to Ned Pepper while he is watching for Rooster and La Boeuf to appear on the "bald ridge to the north", from a higher rock Harold yells "Hey, Ned!" to alert him to their appearance. At that point Mattie and Ned are facing almost the same way, toward the front, and then Mattie swings around to her right to where Harold is, Ned Pepper swings somewhat to his right, but not far. Then the next shot (a somewhat longer shot) shows Mattie and Ned facing each other, with Mattie looking straight left and Ned straight right.See more »
[first lines]
Frank Ross:Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank:I will.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shoot Out (1971)See more »


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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
This movie made me love John Wayne., 7 February 2002
Author: aura88 from Stoughton, Wisconsin

This movie came out when I was just a wee gal. My grandfather was a big western fan, so I am sure I saw it at his house in between episodes of Gunsmoke. I don't remember the first time I saw it, but I remember how I came to love John Wayne. When he died in the late 70s I was crushed. I still watch this movie at least once a year, (it is on TNT or some other Turner channel at least monthly). Rooster Cogburn is, to me, the archetype of all Western heroes. He is the undeniably flawed, crochety old man that hides his tenderness behind a facade of toughness. He roams all over the west in search of bad guys, and he drinks to fill the hole inside him that loneliness has created. It is important to say that he is not a killer, or interested in revenge. His whole being, his soul, rests on the cause of justice. He is the bravest character ever created in a writer's imagination. At the end, when he jumps his horse over the fence and tells Maddie to come and see an old fat man sometime, I cry. Everytime. Despite his politics, and the fact that he was just an actor, to me John Wayne is the lone western hero that will remain in my heart for all my life.

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