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Rooster Cogburn (1975)


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John Wayne returned to the role that won him an Oscar in this sequel to the western classic True Grit. Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) has once again been stripped of his badge after some questionable behavior with his gun, but he's given the chance to earn it back after an especially appalling crime demands an experienced lawman. A gang of violent and ruthless criminals, led by Hawk (Richard Jordan) and Breed (Anthony Zerbe), have stolen a shipment of explosive nitroglycerine and cut a swath through a


Western, Action & Adventure

Mar 31, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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A sort of controlled experiment in what happens when two completely incompatible movie stars occupy the same physical space.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tired, formualic Western that reahashes elements of True Grit, John Wayne's Oscar-winning film, and The African Queen (Hepburn and Bogey), but it's the only teaming of the iconic Duke and Hepburn, so you may want to see it as a tribute to aging stars

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Not much to crow about.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Rooster Cogburn

I liked Rooster Cogburn very much. It's a different type of film to True Grit but The Duke is on just as good form as he was and here you get a equally great performance from Katharine Hepburn. Watching the pair act off one another is an absolute joy, it may not be an amazing story but the performances more than make up for it. It's one of those films that, unlike True Grit, can never be remade, it's a classic.
March 19, 2013

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The star and main character of True Grit meets the star and character of The African Queen, and together, they pursue bad guys in the old west.
This film is problematic on several levels. First, I've never been a fan of Katharine Hepburn. Her voice sounds like a car that fails to turn over, and there isn't much variety - especially in this role - going on in her characters or how she embodies them. I know that Hepburn fans will bring up her classic roles in protest and say that I shouldn't blithely dismiss a so-called "screen legend," but I don't give a fuck. Here, she's annoying, and the film sympathizes with her character enough that I don't think the annoyance her character produces is always intentional.
Second, as in most westerns, Native Americans and women are portrayed in uniformly subservient terms. Yes, Hepburn's character is occasionally put in a position of power and strength, but she is also de-sexualized - beyond childbearing age and constantly spouting pious jibber jabber. And of course, there is a Native boy whose only dream is to be a Marshall, but he fears that his Native-ness will get in the way, ignorant that a part of his job would be to "civilize" the "savages."
Finally, the plot is basic and predictable. Eula and Rooster exchange barbs, and each gains a respect for the other in the end, and then bad guys are killed. Everything you thought would happen does. But what's at issue is the fact that we never think that either of the characters could be substantively changed by their interactions with each other. Rather, the dialogue becomes an exercise in vocalizing and characterization without real human interaction.
Overall, I think if you enjoyed the characters in African Queen and True Grit, then you might enjoy seeing them again, like meeting old friends, but don't expect much in the way of a real, character-driven story.
May 13, 2011
Jim Hunter

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Kate and Duke are surprisingly well matched in this unexceptional western elevated by their presence.
January 29, 2011
jay nixon

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    1. Rooster Cogburn: Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!
    – Submitted by Reg P (22 months ago)
    1. Rooster Cogburn: Are you alright, sister?
    – Submitted by Francesca M (23 months ago)
    1. Eula Goodnight: I fear not what man can do to me.
    – Submitted by Ceara R (2 years ago)
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