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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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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?


Richard Jordan later admitted he decided to overplay his part because he thought the movie was going to flop, and if anybody paid to see it then it would only be for the two stars. He also said he felt that Katharine Hepburn was about to die at any minute - ironically, she outlived him by a decade. See more »


In the first attack on Rooster and company three small bottles of nitro are thrown like hand grenades. The explosions are noticeably distant from where the bottles land. 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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Referenced in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) See more »

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John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn are brilliant and sublime
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The couple Wayne and Hepburn or Hepburn and Wayne are top notch , both of whom are wonderful . The film is a first-rate western , is the following-up to ¨True grit" in which Wayne won an Oscar , Academy Award , for his acting. The movie is a remake from "African Queen " in which Hepburn did couple with Bogart , here Wayne and Katharine hand similar roles , even there is one dangerous runaway by a river. The plot line centers the killing of the Hepburn's father. John Wayne and Hepburn set out in pursuit the evil people : Richard Jordan , Anthony Zerbe and Jack Colvin . Direction by Stuart Millar is good , cinematography by Harry Stradling is breathtaking , landscapes are spectacular and gorgeous , it has been shot in natural parks . Lively and rousing musical score by Laurence Rosenthal . Rating : 7/10 very good , well worth watching . However , the film received terrible reviews on release . Many critics felt that it was too obviously derived from ¨African Queen¨ , and that both John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn were too old for their parts . The motion picture will appeal to John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn fans .

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