Rooster Cogburn (1975)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Western  |  November 1975 (USA)
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Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father.



(suggested by the character "Rooster Cogburn" from the novel "True Grit"), (as Martin Julien)
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Complete credited cast:
Jon Lormer ...
Rev. Goodnight
Richard Romancito ...
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Jerry Gatlin ...
Tommy Lee ...


A small village in the Indian Nation that is run by a Minister Goodnight and his daughter Eula is overrun by a band of drunken thugs. They kill and rape the people of the village. Miss Goodnight then teams up with the ruthless Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn who goes after them and bring them to justice. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <>

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The man of "True Grit" is back and look who's got him!


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Release Date:

November 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rooster Cogburn (... and the Lady)  »

Box Office


$8,022,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming John Wayne was greatly dismayed when the Republicans performed very badly in the mid-term elections in November 1974. See more »


When the pack of four horses carrying dead men draped across the saddles crosses the bridge at the beginning of the movie, the next-to-last dead man is holding his arm up at an angle from where it should be, and he drops his arm at the last second before the camera moves on. See more »


[first lines]
Rooster Cogburn: It's the law, Pecos! We want you for the robbery of the Katy Flyer, murder of the engineer. Now git your hands on top your heads...
Rooster Cogburn: You bastard! You - bastard!
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Better than True Grit
18 September 2006 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, True Grit is a good western and worthy of its classic status, but I've always found John Wayne's first go round as Rooster Cogburn to be uneven, at times colorfully into character but just as often just playing John Wayne. He won his only Oscar for it of course, but he hadn't yet completely found ol' Rooster's voice.

In this sequel co starring Katharine Hepburn, the Duke has every aspect of Rooster down pat. The scenes he and Hepburn share, trading their philosophies and anecdotes while they come to know and admire (and platonically fall in love with) each other is the engine of this film. Forget the plot, it's passable enough but very much secondary, this story gets along strictly on the strength of the two lead characters and it's worth seeing again and again just to watch these two Hollywood legends banter and spar in their one and only movie together.

This was the first John Wayne film I ever saw in a movie theatre (I was 9 years old in 1975) and it made me a lifelong fan. This is easily one of his most entertaining adventures. Hepburn and Wayne together is even more fun than Bogart and Hepburn in The African Queen. A timeless treasure.

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