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True Grit

True Grit

Henry Hathaway (1969)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Big John Wayne finally won peer group recognition, taking the best actor Oscar for his performance in this western as Reuben J "Rooster" Cogburn, a cantankerous, one-eyed, drunken old reprobate hired by Mattie Ross (the excellent Kim Darby) to avenge her father's death at the hands of thoroughly nasty Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey). This movie has acquired a reputation for being a rollicking fun western, but actually it is surprisingly violent for a Wayne film (a pit of rattlesnakes, Dennis Hopper's fingers being severed), and, with its finely hewn, semi-Biblical dialogue (by Marguerite Roberts from Charles Portis's marvellous novel), it's not - unlike Wayne's earlier westerns - really suitable for family viewing, despite its strong moral theme. Glen Campbell is ineffective as Texas Ranger La Boeuf - a role first offered to Elvis Presley, to whom Wayne wouldn't take second billing - but it doesn't really matter. It's still a beautifully photographed film of many memorable moments, not least of which is Cogburn's final shoot-out with the bad guys in a Colorado clearing.


One-eyed, over-the-hill US Marshal Rooster Cogburn reluctantly agrees to help a girl track down her father's killer. The quest is complicated by a Texas Ranger, who is also on the murderer's trail, and a host of villains who have few qualms about disposing of the meddling youngster and her protector. Western, starring an Oscar-winning John Wayne alongside Jeff Corey, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.

Cast & Crew

Reuben J "Rooster" Cogburn John Wayne
La Boeuf Glen Campbell
Mattie Ross Kim Darby
Tom Chaney Jeff Corey
Ned Pepper Robert Duvall
Emmett Quincy Jeremy Slate
Moon Dennis Hopper
Goudy Alfred Ryder
Colonel G Stonehill Strother Martin
Captain Boots Finch Ron Soble
Lawyer J Noble Daggett John Fiedler
Judge Parker James Westerfield
Sheriff John Doucette
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Pictures Guidance: Edited for violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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