Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn

Stuart Millar (1975)

U Certificate


Our Score
This western is made memorable by the collaboration between John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. Wayne reprises his Oscar-winning role from True Grit and Hepburn returns to the same kind of Bible-bashing spinster she portrayed in The African Queen, playing the missionary who tames the truculence of one-eyed Wayne as they search for her father's killers. The performances are wonderful, but the film relies too much on its veteran leads and is flawed by Stuart Millar's sluggish direction. It remains eminently watchable, but ultimately looks more like a cash-in on our sympathies as we watch great stars going through their paces.


The former marshal returns to duty to track down outlaws who have stolen a shipment of explosives and gone on the rampage in a quiet town. However, the stubborn daughter of a preacher killed by the bandits insists on joining him so she can avenge her father's death. Western, starring John Wayne reprising his role from the original 1969 version of True Grit, with Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Zerbe.

Cast & Crew

Rooster Cogburn John Wayne
Eula Goodnight Katharine Hepburn
Breed Anthony Zerbe
McCoy Strother Martin
Hawk Richard Jordan
Judge Parker John McIntire
Wolf Richard Romancito
Leroy Lane Smith
Director Stuart Millar
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray