πŸŽ₯ True Grit – 1969

The Story …

In 1880, Frank Ross, of Yell County, Arkansas, is murdered and robbed by his hired hand, Tom Chaney.

Ross’s young daughter, Mattie, travels to Fort Smith and hires aging U.S. Marshal Reuben “Rooster” J. Cogburn to apprehend Chaney. Mattie earns the money to pay his fee by horse-trading. Meanwhile, Chaney has taken up with outlaw “Lucky” Ned Pepper in Indian Territory.

A young Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, is also pursuing Chaney and joins forces with Cogburn, despite Mattie’s protest. The two try, unsuccessfully, to ditch Mattie.Β After several days, the three discover horse thieves Emmett Quincy and Moon, who are waiting for Pepper at a remote dugout cabin.

Cogburn captures and interrogates the two men. Moon is shot in the leg during the capture, and Cogburn uses the injury as leverage for information about Pepper. Quincy slams a knife down on Moon’s hand to shut him up, severing four of his fingers, then kills him. Cogburn shoots Quincy dead. Before dying, Moon reveals Pepper and his gang are due at the cabin that night for fresh mounts.

Rooster and La Boeuf lay a trap. Upon arriving, Pepper is suspicious and draws La Boeuf’s fire, which blows cover of the planned ambush with a premature shot, inadvertently killing Pepper’s horse. A firefight ensues, during which Cogburn and La Boeuf kill two gang members, but Pepper and the rest of his men escape unharmed. Cogburn, La Boeuf, and Mattie go to McAlester’s store with the dead bodies. Cogburn tries, unsuccessfully, to persuade Mattie to stay at McAlester’s.

The two lawmen and Mattie resume their pursuit. Fetching water one morning, Mattie finds herself face-to-face with Chaney. She shoots Chaney with her father’s gun, injuring him, and then calling out to her partners. Chaney takes Mattie hostage when her gun misfires. Pepper and his gang arrive, Pepper takes charge of Mattie and threatens to kill her if Cogburn and La Boeuf do not ride away. Pepper leaves Mattie with Chaney, instructing him not to harm her.

Cogburn and La Boeuf double back. La Boeuf finds and takes charge of Mattie, and they watch from a high bluff as Cogburn confronts Pepper and his gang of three. Cogburn gives Pepper a choice between being killed now, or surrendering and being hanged in Fort Smith. Pepper starts mocking Cogburn.

Enraged, Cogburn charges the outlaws, guns blazing, and manages to hit Ned in the chest. Cogburn eventually kills the Parmalee brothers, with “Dirty Bob” fleeing. Severely wounded, Ned has enough strength to shoot Rooster’s horse, trapping Rooster’s leg under him as Bo goes down. Pepper prepares to kill Rooster, but La Boeuf makes a long shot with his rifle, killing Ned.

As La Boeuf and Mattie return to Pepper’s camp, Chaney comes out from behind a tree and strikes La Boeuf with a rock, knocking him unconscious. Mattie shoots Chaney again, but the gun’s recoil knocks her back into a snake pit. Her arm is broken in the fall and she is caught in a hole, drawing the attention of a rattlesnake. Cogburn appears and shoots Chaney, who falls into the pit, dead. Cogburn lowers himself down into the pit to retrieve Mattie, who is bitten by the snake before he shoots and kills it. La Boeuf helps them out of the pit before dying.

Cogburn is forced to leave La Boeuf’s body behind as he and Mattie race to get help on Mattie’s pony, which drops from exhaustion, forcing Cogburn to commandeer a wagon to get Mattie to a doctor in the territory. Later, Mattie’s attorney, J. Noble Dagget, meets Cogburn in Fort Smith. On Mattie’s behalf, Daggett pays Cogburn the remainder of his fee in Chaney’s capture, plus a $200 bonus for saving her life. Cogburn offers to wager the money on a bet that Mattie will recover just fine, a bet Daggett declines.

Mattie, her arm in a sling, is back at home recovering from her injuries. She promises Cogburn he will be buried next to her in the Ross family plot after his death.

Cogburn accepts her offer and leaves, jumping over a fence on his new horse to disprove her good-natured jab that he was too old and fat to clear a four-rail fence …

Credits :

  • Directed by Henry Hathaway
  • Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts
  • Based on True Grit by Charles Portis
  • Produced by Hal B. Wallis
  • Cinematography : Lucien Ballard
  • Edited by Warren Low
  • Music by Elmer Bernstein
  • Distributed by Paramount Pictures
  • Release Date : June 12, 1969

Cast :

  • John Wayne as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn
  • Glen Campbell as La Boeuf
  • Kim Darby as Mattie Ross
  • Jeremy Slate as Emmett Quincy
  • Robert Duvall as Lucky Ned Pepper
  • Dennis Hopper as Moon
  • Alfred Ryder as Goudy
  • Strother Martin as Col. G. Stonehill
  • Jeff Corey as Tom Chaney
  • Ron Soble as Captain Boots Finch
  • John Fiedler as Lawyer Daggett
  • James Westerfield as Judge Parker
  • John Doucette as Sheriff
  • Donald Woods as Barlow
  • Edith Atwater as Mrs. Floyd
  • Carlos Rivas as Mexican Bob
  • Isabel Boniface as Mrs. Bagby
  • H.W. Gim as Chen Lee
  • Ginger Cat as General Sterling Price
  • John Pickard as Frank Ross
  • Elizabeth Harrower as Mrs. Ross
  • Ken Renard as Yarnell
  • Hank Worden as R. Ryan, the undertaker at Fort Smith
  • Jay Ripley as Harold Parmalee
  • Kenneth Becker as Farrell Parmalee
  • Wilford Brimley as Minor Role
  • Leo Alton as Boarding House Guest
  • Forrest Burns as Courtroom Spectator
  • Gene Coogan as Boarding House Guest
  • Myron Healey as Deputy at Prisoner Unloading
  • Boyd “Red” Morgan as Red (Ferryman)
  • James McEachin as Judge Parker’s Bailiff
  • Dennis McMullen as Bailiff
  • Robin Morse as Bit Part
  • Stuart Randall as J. J. McAlester
  • Connie Sawyer as Talkative Woman at Hanging
  • Jeffrey Sayre as Courtroom Spectator
  • Jay Silverheels as Condemned Man at Hanging
  • Dean Smith as Minor Role
  • Vince St. Cyr as Gaspargoo
  • Max Wagner as Courtroom Spectator
  • Guy Wilkerson as the Hangman
  • Chalky Williams as Courtroom Spectator
  • Tom Gosnell as John Wayne stunt double

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Grit_(1969_film)

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