True Grit (1969)
|Key Cast||John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Alfred Ryder|
|Genre(s)||Western, Adventure, Drama|
John Wayne gives an Oscar winning performance in “True Grit”
It was long overdue. John Wayne won his first (and only) Academy Award for his colorful performance as Rooster Cogburn in this classic western favorite. (Wayne also won a Golden Globe Award for his outstanding and convincing performance in “True Grit.”)
Rooster Cogburn is a heavy-drinkin’, patch-wearing, cantankerous, old U.S. Marshall who uses questionable methods to catch his villains. Nevertheless, when it comes to catching an outlaw, Rooster Cogburn is the man you want, especially if you want your outlaw captured dead!
One day, Cogburn is approached by a young fourteen year old girl named Mattie Hayes (Kim Darby) who wants to hire him to track down the man who killed her father and stole his money. The man, Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey), worked on her family’s farm. Now she wants revenge!
As Mattie describes it, she is looking for a cowboy with “True Grit” and she believes that Rooster Cogburn has it.
Initially, Cogburn is not interested in the job, but Mattie (who has strong and cunning ways of her own) convinces him to take it. Accustomed to working alone, Rooster Cogburn sets out to get Chaney by himself. But he eventually finds himself saddled with the girl, Mattie, and a Texas Ranger named La Beouf (Glen Campbell) who also wants Chaney for a crime committed in Texas.
The trio has trouble getting along. However, through trials, they manage to set aside their personal differences in order to focus on getting the killer and the notorious gang that he joined.
If you are a classic western movie fan, then you’ll enjoy this larger-than-life cowboy western starring John Wayne!
• John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in “True Grit.” Wayne was nominated for the Academy Award for two other movies, but didn’t win. They were: “The Alamo” and “Sands of Iwo Jima.” During his stellar movie career, John Wayne starred in over 100 movies and has become a legendary icon for westerns. Its surprising, given his lengthy career, that Wayne was not nominated more awards. His legacy in film, however, is not diminished by this fact. And his popularity for western movie fans continues to this day.
• This movie is based on the novel True Grit by Charles Portis. In the novel, the daughter Mattie plays a more central role in the story. In addition to his novel True Grit, Charles Portis had another one of his books made into a motion picture. The book, entitled Norwood, was released as a comedy movie in 1970 and starred Glen Campbell.
• John Wayne reprised his character “Rooster Cogburn” in the 1975 movie named “Rooster Cogburn.” In this western, he is teamed with an older woman named Eula Goodnight who is played by incredible actress Katharine Hepburn. With the phenomenal success of “True Grit,” it was logical for John Wayne to reprise the role of the gruff, one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in another western film. Casting Katharine Hepburn as a co-star in the movie was purposely done by the director, Stuart Millar, who thought that audiences would enjoy watching the two seasoned actors on the screen together.
• The director of this movie, Henry Hathaway, also directed these other popular western films:
The Sons of Katie Elder
How the West Was Won (3 segments)
• There was a sequel made to “True Grit” that aired on television nine years later in 1978. “True Grit: A Further Adventure” starred Warren Oates as Rooster Cogburn and was shown after both of the John Wayne Rooster Cogburn movies were released in movie theatres.
• In 2010, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon starred in a remake of “True Grit.” This newer version of the film uses a different ending than the original western movie starring John Wayne. The ending in the 2010 “True Grit” is actually closer to what was written in the original Charles Portis novel.
• John Wayne won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his performance in “True Grit.” It turns out that this was the only Best Actor Academy Award that John Wayne would ever win.
• “True Grit” was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.
• “True Grit” was also nominated for two additional Golden Globe Awards: Best Original Song (Elmer Bernstein and Don Black) and Most Promising Male Newcomer (Glen Campbell)
• “True Grit” won the coveted 1970 Bronze Wrangler Award for Theatrical Motion Picture from the Western Heritage Awards.
True Grit Movie DVD
John Wayne stars in this action western as the crotchety, one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. He is a man with “True Grit.”
This is the only movie that John Wayne won a Best Actor Academy Award for during his entire, legendary career.
Kim Darby and Glen Campbell co-star.
True Grit – John Wayne Blu-Ray DiscWatch this outstanding western in high-quality with this Blu-ray Disc.
There’s also bonus material about where “True Grit” was made plus other interesting features.
• Working with the Duke
• Aspen Gold: Locations of True Grit
• The Law and The Lawless
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