Starring: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Written By: Marguerite Roberts
Rating: M (US) Running Time: 2 hr 8 min
Based on Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, True Grit tells the story of a hard-nosed U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne), hired by stubborn young woman called Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) to track down her fathers killer.
As westerns go, this is an enjoyable couple of hours in the wild west, though it does take its sweet time getting through the story and could have easily lost about 20 minutes. John Wayne, in an Oscar-winning performance, is as always, fun to watch as the perpetually drunk and obstinate law-man, and Mattie Ross is fantastic as Kim Darby.
Fans of John Wayne will certainly enjoy this award-winning turn by one of their favorite actors. The movie is now considered a classic, so fans of the genre should be happy with this film. The movie is rated M (mature?) due to some gun play, though by today’s (2015) standards, it seems a little tame.
The Colorado country side never looked so beautiful, so if a theater were showing this, certainly try to make that show. Otherwise there are a few inexpensive John Wayne Blu-ray collections available.
Though apparently John Wayne didn’t care for it at the time, I thought Kim Darby does a great job playing Mattie Ross. It was fun to repeatedly watch her put ‘The Duke’ in his place!