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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2 Bridges, Jeff, 1949-, Brolin, Josh., Burwell, Carter., Campbell, Glen (Actor), Campbell, Glen, 1936-2017., Coen, Ethan., Coen, Joel., Damon, Matt., Darby, Kim, 1947-, Duball, Robert., Gleeson, Domhnall, 1983-, Hathaway, Henry, 1898-1985,, Hathaway, Henry, 1898-1985., Martin, Strother, 1920-1980., Marvel, Elizabeth., Matthews, Dakin., Pepper, Barry, 1970-, Portis, Charles., Rae, Paul, 1968-, Roberts, Marguerite., Rudin, Scott, 1958-, Russom, Leon, 1941-, Slate, Jeremy., Steinfeld, Hailee., Wayne, John, 1907-1979,, Wayne, John, 1907-1979.
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display_description Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.
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title_display True grit
title_full True Grit / Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present ; written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen ; produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen ; a Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss production, True grit / directed by Henry Hathaway, True grit [videorecording-BD] / Paramount Pictures presents a Hal Wallis production ; screenplay by Marguerite Roberts ; directed by Henry Hathaway, True grit [videorecording] / produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; written and directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
title_short True grit
topic_facet Death, Fathers, Fugitives from justice, Murder, Outlaws, Portis, Charles, Revenge, Teenage girls, United States marshals, West (U.S.)
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