The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.
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Did You Know?
While most of the characters in the film are purely fictional, there is one character who is based on a real person. Judge Parker is based on the actual Judge Isaac Parker of the Western District, who held court in Fort Smith, Arkansas, during the period of the movie, and was known as a "hanging judge". See more
When Rooster brings the bodies of the men killed in the shootout at the dugout to Boots Finch, he says that he's looking for Ned Papper. Finch replies, "If you're looking for Little Ned Pepper..." The character's name is "Lucky" Ned Pepper, not "Little". See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more