True Grit

1969, Western, 2h 8m

54 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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True Grit rides along on the strength of a lived-in late-period John Wayne performance, adding its own entertaining spin to the oft-adapted source material. Read critic reviews

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After hired hand Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) murders the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), she seeks vengeance and hires U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), a man of "true grit," to track Chaney into Indian territory. As the two begin their pursuit, a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), joins the manhunt in hopes of capturing Chaney for the murder of a Texas senator and collecting a substantial reward. The three clash on their quest of bringing to justice the same man.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Rooster Cogburn
Kim Darby
Mattie Ross
Jeremy Slate
Emmett Quincy
Strother Martin
Col. G. Stonehill
Jeff Corey
Tom Chaney
Ron Soble
Capt. Boots Finch
John Fiedler
Lawyer Daggett
H.W. Gim
Chen Lee
John Pickard
Frank Ross
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Lucien Ballard
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Walter H. Tyler
Production Design
John Burton
Set Decoration
Ray Moyer
Set Decoration
Dorothy Jeakins
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  • Nov 19, 2016
    Solid Western. Much better than the overrated Coen brothers remake.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2015
    John Wayne starred in this revisionist Western tale of a young girl's revenge. Three unlikely individuals set on the dangerous quest together.Mattie Ross' father was killed by an outlaw, she then hired drunken marshall Cogburn to help her catch the killer. Along the way, Texas ranger La Boeuf wanted to catch the killer for bounty. It's a two hour of fun, the acting of Mattie was a bit slacking but overall still quite enjoyable and the music was great too.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2014
    Far from irritating, the aging John Wayne pulls off his best performance by being not quite the solid cowboy that we always anticipate that he will be. Although remade well, the original remains superior.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2013
    Henry Hathaway (<i>How the West Was Won</i> [1962]), famous collaborator with John Wayne, has just confirmed that John Wayne is <b>the</b> one-eyed fat man with true grit, and rightfully so. Two standout performances carry the film to superior levels: John Wayne as the ruthless U.S. Marshall Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, a role that gave him an Academy Award, and Kim Darby as Mattie Ross of Dardanelle in Yell County, an adolescent struggling to enter into an adult world with her own moral principles and a remarkable iron-forged perseverance capable of making successful businesses and controlling adults' ego. <i>True Grit</i> is a revenge-themed adventure film in the old classic Hollywood tradition with a great cast (Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper) and a notorious cinematography showcasing its Technicolor wonders through wild landscapes full of green, blue and white. The film got overshadowed by its superior western counterparts from <i>Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid</i> to <i>The Wild Bunch</i>, but still it remains as a good adventure story to behold, slightly superior to the Coen's remake, which brought this classic to famous light once again. 75/100
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