True Grit (1969)

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(out of 5)

 earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of a broken-down, drunk and forgotten marshal who is hired by a teenage girl () to track down and bring in for hanging the man who killed her father. Wayne’s preference for a bottle of whiskey over a good day’s work constantly gets in his way of performing his duty effectively, meaning that she has to keep on top of him the whole time, but throughout their adventures a bond grows between the two that sees the ornery old coot get affectionate for the little girl that he at first resists helping. Darby is terrific as the spry young thing who knows her way around figures and negotiations and who has no fear of ordering grown men around in this respectable western. It is among the last of the good old fashioned Wild West tales made at a time when the irony of Clint Eastwood and his spaghetti westerns had taken over, and while it does not feature the tight excitement or drama of The Searchers or the rich characterizations of Rio Bravo, its sincerity makes it a welcome throwback to an earlier era. Remade to surprisingly superior effect by the Coen Brothers in 2010.


USA, 1969

Directed by Henry Hathaway

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by 

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award
Best Actor (John Wayne as “Rooster Cogburn”)

Best Music (Song–Original for the picture) (“True Grit”, music by Elmer Bernstein; lyrics by Don Black)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (John Wayne)

Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“True Grit”, music by Elmer Bernstein, lyrics by Don Black)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

British Academy Award Nomination
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Kim Darby)



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