True Grit (1969)
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In fine Hollywood tradition, John Wayne had to play a "one-eyed fat man" before the Motion Picture Academy considered him worthy of an Oscar. In True Grit, Wayne plays grumpy, pot-bellied U.S. marshal "Rooster" Cogburn, hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) to find Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey), who killed her father. The headstrong Mattie could have had her pick of lawmen, but selects the aging Cogburn because she believes he has "true grit" (she talks this way all through the picture, so be
Jun 11, 1969 Wide
Mar 21, 2000
Paramount Home Video
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If I had to pick only one True Grit movie to take to the proverbial desert island, it'd be Hathaway's, Wayne's, Ballard's and, while we're at it, Elmer Bernstein's...
The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar. [Blu-ray]
Although some say Wayne's Oscar was given out of sympathy instead of his performance, he still acts well as the sheriff who's past his peak.
An enormously entertaining adventure that is as much about John Wayne's image as it is about a girl seeking revenge for her father's murder.
At times a charming, kiddie Western, this John Wayne vehicle also has a real nasty streak.
Wayne's Oscar-winning film is one of his best and most personal, fusing the actor and the person, marking a collaborative height of three vets: producer Hal Wallis, director Henry Hathaway, and the Duke.
Wayne received an Oscar for this enjoyable western and certainly deserved it for being able to reverse his horse quicker and better than lesser mortals do their four wheeled vehicles.
This is what you find when you look up 'Western' in the cinematic genre dictionary.
True Grit is the kind of rip-roaring western adventure movie that, like film musicals, have art and innocence that is now lost forever.
certainly one of Wayne's best performances, impressive in both his creation of a larger-than-life screen presence and the nuances he gave the role in all the right places
Audience Reviews for True Grit
- Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn: Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.
- Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn: Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!
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