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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Temple de acero See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"La Boeuf" means "the beef" in French. Interestingly the "La" makes his name feminine. In French, "Boeuf" is masculine ("Le"). See more »

Goofs

When Mattie is riding her horse across the river, the water doesn't appear to be flowing, indicating this sequence was shot in a lake or pond. 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 »

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Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) See more »

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19 May 2006 | by adonmyerSee all my reviews

I have grown up watching this movie, and must have seen it 50 times. This is my mother's favorite movie and most members of my family can recite this movie line for line. The quotes from this movie go into every day conversation among my aunts and uncles almost every time I see them. "I've got some more horse trading to do" or "Baby Sister" or "we ain't got no lemonade neither" have been heard a few times Every time I watch this it gets better, I have seen most of John Wayne's movies and this is by far the best. I've never read the book, I usually find books better than the actual movies, I wouldn't want to find out that the movie and book don't follow each other. Please, no one ever remake this movie, I can't imagine a better version!


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