BN.com Gift Guide

True Grit

( 11 )

Overview

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 prepared. Also heading ...
See more details below
DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)
$13.79
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $4.82   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Overview

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 prepared. Also heading into Indian territory in search of Chaney is Texas Ranger La Boeuf Glen Campbell, who wants to collect the reward placed on the fugitive's head for his earlier crimes. Complicating matters are Chaney's scurrilous cronies Ned Pepper Robert Duvall, Quincy Jeremy Slate, and Moon Dennis Hopper, who have no qualms about killing a troublesome teenaged girl like Mattie. While the plot of True Grit, adapted and streamlined by Marguerite Roberts from the novel by Charles Portis, maintains audience interest throughout, the glue that truly holds this Western together is John Wayne, delivering one of his finest performances though some believe he was better in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Wayne's casual charisma is infinitely more effective than the mannered method acting of Kim Darby and the floundering non-acting of poor Glen Campbell. And who could not love the climatic face-off between Duvall and company and John Wayne, whose "Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!" is not only a classic bit of dialogue, but the apotheosis of the Wayne mystique. In 1975, Wayne repeated his True Grit characterization opposite Katharine Hepburn in Rooster Cogburn, but the film failed to match its predecessor and the overall effect was blunted.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Jeb Rosebrook, Bob Boze and J. Stuart Rosebrook; True Writing; Working With the Duke; Aspen Gold: Locations of True Grit; The Law and the Lawless; Theatrical trailer
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
If anybody was born to play a cantankerous-yet-charismatic U.S. marshal in a movie with a title like True Grit, it's John Wayne. Wayne's screen career was founded on this sort of swaggering masculine attitude, and director and frequent Wayne collaborator Henry Hathaway plays to the actor's strengths. The film wisely rides Wayne's coattails, successfully balancing lively if somewhat conventional action scenes with entertainingly sentimental repartee. Though not his finest performance, it's somehow fitting that Wayne received his sole Academy Award for his self-referential turn as True Grit's acrimonious tough guy, "Rooster" Cogburn. The film also features one of Robert Duvall's first high-profile roles.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 097361207742
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,274

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
Glen Campbell La Boeuf, Singer
Kim Darby Mattie Ross
Jeremy Slate Emmett Quincy
Robert Duvall Ned Pepper
Dennis Hopper Moon
Alfred Ryder Goudy
Strother Martin Col. G. Stonehill
Jeff Corey Tom Chaney
Ron Soble Capt. Boots Finch
James Westerfield Judge Isaac Parker
John Doucette Sheriff
Donald Woods Barlow
Edith Atwater Mrs. Floyd
Carlos Rivas Dirty Bob
Isabel Boniface Mrs. Bagby
John M. Pickard Frank Ross
Elizabeth Harrower Mrs. Ross
Ken Renard Yarnell Poindexter
Jay Ripley Harold Parmalee
John Fiedler Lawyer J. Noble Daggett
H.W. Gim Chen Lee
Ken Becker Farrell Parmalee
Myron Healey A Deputy
Hank Worden R. Ryan, Undertaker
Guy Wilkerson The Hangman
Jay Silverheels Condemned man at hanging
Connie Sawyer Talkative woman at hanging
Boyd "Red" Morgan Red the Ferryman
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Songwriter
Don Black Songwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
John Burton Set Decoration/Design
Dick Johnson Special Effects
Warren Low Editor
Carol Meikle Makeup
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Paul Nathan Producer
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director, Production Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack P. Wilson Makeup
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- True Grit
1. Papa's Business [:08]
2. Mr. La Boeuf [1:38]
3. Rooster Cogburn [8:00]
4. Horse Trading [3:06]
5. Bushwhacked [3:38]
6. Smoked Out [2:04]
7. Ned Pepper [5:58]
8. Looking for Signs [6:42]
9. Tom Chaney [1:18]
10. Snake Pit [7:58]
11. Grit [7:29]
12. Final Resting Place [:34]
13. Roundup [7:46]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- True Grit
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Mono
      Audio Options: Fran├žais
      Audio Options: Commentary by Jeb Rosebrook, Bob Boze and J. Stuart Rosebrook
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Jeb Rosebrook, Bob Boze and J. Stuart Rosebrook
      True Writing
      Working With the Duke
      Aspen Gold: The Locations of True Grit
      The Law and the Lawless
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 11 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(9)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Western!

    I had remembered seeing at least most of all of this when I was younger, but it had been a while since I saw it, but one thing still remains true of many John Wayne westerns...nobody does 'em quite like The Duke! It has actually been a while since I have seen any John Wayne movies, and this was the first of many that I have begun watching to kind of try and refresh my memory on some of these old classics that I enjoyed as a kids. This is by far one of the best ones I've watched so far, though all of the ones that I have watched to this point are pretty good. I have to admit that at some points, the female actor in this one was a bit much to take, but not so much so that it ruined the movie or anything. She just had a tendancy to be somewhat annoying at times, but the actress did a pretty good job for the time though. It was just the character. Beyond that though, I thought this movie was an outstanding western! The fact that Robert Duvall was in it too made it all the better, because I have always thought he was great in westerns. (Lonesome Dove, Open Range, and Joe Kidd are some good ones...just to name a few). I also thought it was cool how Dennis Hopper appeared in this in what was probably one of his earliest roles. There was some good western action in this, as well as soon good old fashion humor only the way John Wayne could do it. If you're into westerns friends and have never seen this one before, definitely give it a watch. It's an oldie but a goldie. I would also recommend that if you watch this one, watch Rooster Cogburn after, because it is basically a follow up to True Grit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 3, 2013

    GREAT MOVIE HIGHLY RECOMEND IT!!!

    GREAT MOVIE HIGHLY RECOMEND IT!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    True Grit -- Old vs. New

    The original is an excellent film with the exception of Glen Cambell. To my knowledge this is the only film Glen Cambell was ever in, and he absolutely should have been left out of this one. Kim Darby I feel does a more believable performance in the John Wayne version. The character in the new film with the long braided hair is just too pretty and polished to have just come in from feeding the cows on the ranch after her fathers recent death. And no one will ever quite fill The Dukes shoes I'm afraid, although Jeff Bridges comes very close. The new version is extremely well done when good remakes are almost nonexistent. The new version has a different ending that adds in Buffalo Bills Wild West Show which I don't think fits in with the rest of the story nearly as well as the ending in the original film. But I admit to never having read the book. So in the end I slightly prefer the new film I guess just because Glen Campbell is so hard to stomach in the original.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Duke at his Peak

    Although I've never been a huge fan of Westerns, I have a few favorites, and this is my best. To me Marshall Rooster Cogburn is the character John Wayne was always meant to play. He seems so "himself" in the role. He is funny, tough, and poignant all at once. The rest of the cast complements him perfectly. If he deserved the Best Actor Award it was certainly for this role. If you have never seen this movie, even if you aren't much of a western fan, check it out. It is a character story for all time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Hasn't Anyone Else Reviewed?

    This movie is great! I absolutely love Wayne's acting. He is one of my favorite actors ever, and he definetely deserved the Oscar he got for this. Can't say I'm sorry about the Texan's end, though.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews