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True Grit ()


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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.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
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Rooster Cogburn
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La Boeuf
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Mattie Ross
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Emmett Quincy
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Ned Pepper
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'Moon'
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Goudy
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Col. G. Stonehill
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Tom Chaney
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Capt. Boots Finch
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Lawyer Daggett
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Judge Parker
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'Sheriff'
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'Barlow'
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Mrs. Floyd
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Dirty Bob
Isabel Boniface ...
Mrs. Bagby
H.W. Gim ...
Chen Lee (as H. W. Gim)
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Frank Ross
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Mrs. Ross
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Yarnell
Jay Ripley ...
Harold Parmalee
Kenneth Becker ...
Farrell Parmalee
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Boarding House Guest (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ...
Boarding House Guest (uncredited)
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Boarding House Guest (uncredited)
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Deputy at Prisoner Unloading (uncredited)
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Judge Parker's Bailiff (uncredited)
Dennis McMullen ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Red - Ferryman (uncredited)
Robin Morse ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
General Sterling Price ...
Ginger Cat (uncredited)
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McAlester (uncredited)
Clark Ross ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Talkative Woman at Hanging (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Condemned Man at Hanging (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Vince St. Cyr ...
Gaspargoo (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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The Hangman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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R. Ryan - Undertaker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Hathaway

Written by

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Charles Portis ... (novel)
 
Marguerite Roberts ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Paul Nathan ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... producer
Joseph H. Hazen ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Elmer Bernstein

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Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

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Warren Low ... supervising film editor

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Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)

Set Decoration by

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John Burton
Ray Moyer

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Dorothy Jeakins ... (costumes)

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Carol Meikle ... hair stylist
Jack Wilson ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Frank Beetson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William W. Gray ... assistant director

Art Department

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Adam John Backauskas ... property maker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Roy Meadows ... sound recording
Elden Ruberg ... sound recording

Stunts

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Cody Bearpaw ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Quentin Dickey ... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Gerber ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... stunt double (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunt double: Robert Duvall (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thomas Laughridge ... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul M. Pollard ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Young ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Luster Bayless ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jane Bockstruck ... seamstress (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gary Gillingham ... production accountant (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez ... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 [edited]

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Taglines The strangest trio ever to track a killer. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 100 dollars pour un shérif (France)
  • Cent dollars pour un shérif (France)
  • Der Marshal (Germany)
  • Valor de ley (Spain)
  • Valor de llei (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 128 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia John Wayne was disappointed by the casting of Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, and the two hardly spoke at all off-camera. See more »
Goofs Mattie Ross' gun is a Colt Walker, not a Colt Dragoon as stated by Rooster. (The movie's producers wanted to use the larger Walker to enhance the image of a little girl using such a large gun.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Amazing Grace See more »
Quotes [Rooster confronts the four outlaws across the field]
Ned Pepper: What's your intention? Do you think one on four is a dogfall?
Rooster Cogburn: I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which'll it be?
Ned Pepper: I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.
Rooster Cogburn: Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!
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