True Grit

True Grit

John Wayne
Director: Henry Hathaway Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
, Kim Darby
Kim Darby
Henry Hathaway

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0032429271471
Original Release: 1969
Rating: G
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 4,380

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
Dick Johnson Special Effects
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

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