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True Grit (1969)

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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Charles Portis (novel), Marguerite Roberts (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net> [edited]

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The strangest trio ever to track a killer. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$31,132,592
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978), Lawyer Daggett (John Fiedler) is mentioned several times by Mattie, but is never seen. See more »

Goofs

When the defense lawyer begins to read the statement, he holds the paper with both hands. In the next shot, he only holds it in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Ross: Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank: I will.
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Alternate Versions

When submitted for a rating from the MPAA in 1969, the film was given an "M". The film was edited and re-rated "G". The American VHS version contains the "G" rated cut while the DVD is the uncut "M" version (which would be printed as "PG" since the symbol was changed in the 1970s). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad Cow (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

True Grit
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell (uncredited)
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Not perfect, but very good on the whole
6 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I do not think this is John Wayne's best movie or role, but I did like this movie, though I do not think it is perfect. While the film starts and ends very well, the film slackens in the pace in the middle. My other flaws are to do with casting. Glen Campbell is adequate in his role, but I was never engrossed by his character and he never quite make me believe in him. Worst though was Kim Darby, I am not going to go through a debate about whether she was too old for the role(I'll drop a hint, I think she was), but for me she is one of the blandest and most annoying leading ladies in a John Wayne movie.

However, the film does look great. Handsomely shot with great scenery, True Grit is pleasing to the eye. Elmer Bernstein's score is rousing and very fitting, while the story is interesting, most of the characters are credible and the script flows well. Also True Grit is very well directed, and there is a glorious final shoot-out. Other than Campbell and Darby, the other acting is fine. While I would have not personally given the Oscar to this particular performance(I thought he was better in The Searchers, Red River and The Quiet Man) John Wayne is excellent here, and while he doesn't appear until quite later on Robert Duvall also makes a positive impression.

All in all, a very good film but could have been better in my view. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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