True Grit [DVD] [1969]

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  • Release Date: 04/25/2017
  • Rating: G
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (78 out of 78)

Synopsis


True Grit
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

Cast & Crew


  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
  • Glen Campbell
    Glen Campbell - La Boeuf
  • Kim Darby
    Kim Darby - Mattie Ross
  • Jeremy Slate
    Jeremy Slate - Emmett Quincy
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Ned Pepper



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    John Wayne finally wins an Oscar - 'bout time.

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    constantwatcher
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    Most people agree this wasn't Wayne's "best" performance (and that the Oscar win was a much overdue acknowledgement for his body of work). THAT SAID, this is STILL a great movie that has held up well. Everyone knows gunslingers and everyone knows the classic image of a cowboy on a cattle drive. But here we've got an ageing, hard drinking, disenchanted lawman who STILL knows when something is plain "wrong". Wayne broke new ground with this role, and Marshall Rooster Cogburn became an icon. Kim Darby's characterization of Mattie Ross ALSO broke new ground, giving us a strong young woman who keeps focused on avenging her father's death. If you've been on another planet and haven't seen this movie, give it a look. It won't disappoint....pilgrim.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great Film From the Duke

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    robstuart
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    I'm usually disappointed viewing a film after reading the book - not so here. My best recollection is that the characters followed the book with only minor deviations. I also enjoy Glen Campbell even though his acting here seemed a bit forced/unnatural or maybe that was the way the character was to be portrayed ...? After all, he always carried his end of the log on his TV show. I recently heard he's ailing with something incurable. I'm gonna miss 'em. The "special features" offer very interesting information for the average film buff.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Come see an Old Fat Man Some time

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    benjiboy

    The story of Rooster Cogbern, U.S. Marshall of the Old West. A man who finds some place in his heart to help a girl whose father was murdered. Cogbern, know for his "grit" and happy trigger finger, helps her find her father's killer and winds up liking her more than he thinks. John Wanye adn Robert Duvall (before he was famous). Just plain good acting!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie from the Duke library

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    Buxnut
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    The Duke at his best. If you enjoy John Wayne at his old cowboy best this movie is for you. A young Glen Campbell brings a different perspective to the proceedings which only added to the viewing pleasure. Kim Darby's performance was exceptional as it had me irritated by her early before loving her at the conclusion. A great movie with lots of action and humor as well.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lives up to it's name.

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    StrangerinLA
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    Although John Wayne is in the twilight of career his Oscar winning performance demonstrates why he is skillful actor and legendary person. His memorable character proves how he could keep your attention because of all the years of experience that honed his craft. The Duke's a one-a-of-kind hero.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    True Grit DVD

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    Bass1958
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    A great old western starring legendary actor John Wayne for which he won his only academy award for this film. Also, starring actress Kim Darby and singer Glen Campbell making his film debut. The title song was also sung by Campbell who released the single "True Grit" in 1969.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    John Wayne one of his best!

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    Johncats94
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    John Wayne in another movie of Rooster Cogburn. There are references to the movie in the sequel. The viewer should watch both and in order for the best effect. This is a great western and has dialog that is not found in most movies theses days. You need to listen as well as watch for the best effect.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Classic

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    NeverGrowUp
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    I changed my mind on this movie over the years. When I first watched it as a much younger person, I thought the acting was forced and "hokey". Seeing it now though, I have a much greater appreciation for John Wayne in this role. Although I think Glenn Campbell is miscast at best......

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