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Movie #81: True Grit (1969)

501 Must-See Movies Project

Director: Henry Hathaway

Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper

Academy Awards (1970):

Best Actor in a Leading role: John Wayne

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Music, Original Song: Don Black, Elmer Bernstein for the song ‘True Grit’

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Mattie Ross (Darby) hires the aging, alcoholic US Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) to hunt down Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) the man who killed her father.  They are joined by La Boeuf (Campbell), a Texas Ranger searching for Chaney to collect a reward for previous crimes he had committed.  

This film has a lot to offer.  Though obviously a Western, there’s also the dynamics of the young Mattie seeking vengeance and in a way saving Rooster from completely destroying himself with his alcoholism.  Kim Darby has moments of being young, idealistic, and at times naive, but her hard-headed grit help establish her as more than the stereotypical…

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