This is a quite unusual western. John Wayne plays the aging, hard drinking, overweight Rooster Cogburn, a Marshall hired by Mattie Ross (kim Darby) to find the killer of her father. Glen Campbell is the Texas Ranger who helps them out. The unusual element is the script, its well written and both Wayne and Darby make full use of its witty lines.
The film is also beautifully shot. There is one great shot where the trio approach a hideout and you see this panoramic view of the valley with the river snaking through. The sun is reflected off the water - its a wonderfully constructed shot. I wanted to be there straight away!
The remainder of the cast is very good. Robert Duvall is there as Ned Pepper, and Dennis Hopper plays Moon. But its Waynes film through and through, he dominates every scene, even when you think Kim Darby has stolen it he'll have one last look or frustrated hmmff to steal it back. Its not Waynes best ever performance and he probably didn't deserve the Oscar he won for True Grit, but rather like Martin Scorcese for The Departed it was right that he won for the body of work he produced down the years.