True GritDirector: Henry Hathaway, John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby
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.
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Cast & Crew
|John Wayne||Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn|
|Glen Campbell||La Boeuf,Singer|
|Kim Darby||Mattie Ross|
|Jeremy Slate||Emmett Quincy|
|Robert Duvall||Ned Pepper|
|Strother Martin||Col. G. Stonehill|
|Jeff Corey||Tom Chaney|
|Ron Soble||Capt. Boots Finch|
|James Westerfield||Judge Isaac Parker|
|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|
|Elmer Bernstein||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Dorothy Jeakins||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Burton||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dick Johnson||Special Effects|
|Ray Moyer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Walter Tyler||Art Director,Production Designer|
|Hal B. Wallis||Producer|
|Jack P. Wilson||Makeup|
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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.
GREAT MOVIE HIGHLY RECOMEND IT!!!
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.
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.
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.