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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) seeks out a man with "True Grit" to detain the killer of her father. She eventuallty finds a drunken, one eyed US Marshall named Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)and hires him to go into the Indian Territory after the killer. Glen Campbell as a Texas Ranger after the same baddy, for killing a "little" Texas Senator and his bird dog soon joins in the...
Published on 31 Mar. 2003 by JRL Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable BluRay Transfer
True Grit is one of my ALL time favourite films, and to be frank, the BluRay is a rather average affair. Foreground shots are generally crisp and look excellent, generally! Longshots are generally lacking detail and look flat. And the shots inbetween are very variable indeed. The colours range from over saturated to under saturated in a blink in some shots. One of...
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best, 31 Mar. 2003
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JRL Smith "Les Smith" (Leiester UK) - See all my reviews
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Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) seeks out a man with "True Grit" to detain the killer of her father. She eventuallty finds a drunken, one eyed US Marshall named Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)and hires him to go into the Indian Territory after the killer. Glen Campbell as a Texas Ranger after the same baddy, for killing a "little" Texas Senator and his bird dog soon joins in the action. All three set off for the Territory after Tom Cheyney the murderer. The interaction between the 3 main players is superb - Wayne and Campbell argue over the reward offered in Texas whist Darby is far more interested in capturing or killing Cheyney in revenge for her father than for "some Texas bird dog"A high point of the film for me is when the trio find a couple of outlaws in a dugout and order them to cut up a turkey that Campbell has shot with his "Sharps Carbine" - too much gun as Rooster says . One of them is injured so Rooster offers help if the outlaw will tell them where they can find Cheyney. The other kills him to prevent him from talking, and Rooster then shoots his assailant. Leaning over the dying cowboy Rooster says "Your friend's done killed you, and I've done for him". The reply comes haltingly "He never done me wrong 'til he killed me" - Classic.Well don't just take my word that this is the best `cowboy` movie ever - be swayed by the panel who gave John Wayne his one and only Oscar for True Grit - truly his very best. (I had this on Video Tape - twice - I wore both tapes out playing them so often - now I have it on DVD.)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional Western, 15 Mar. 2004
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Sally-Anne "mynameissally" (Leicestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
When her father is murdered by one of his employees, Tom Chaney, young Mattie Ross is determined to see justice done. It seems the justice system isn't up to the job so she has to hire a man with "true grit" to track Chaney down. She hires a one-eyed drunk known as Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, to find the man and see him punished. She and Rooster are joined in the hunt by Texas Ranger Le Boeuf who is after Chaney for the killing of a Waco senator and his bird-dog.
Normally I don't watch Westerns, but this one is special. The script is well written and funny and the acting is inspired. Mattie is a serious and efficient young woman who stands for no nonsense; trained to be her father's bookkeeper, she drives a hard bargain and isn't about to be gulled by anyone. She expresses herself clearly and precisely in clipped sentences, avoiding the use of contractions, rarely laughs and doesn't appear to appreciate jokes. But she's very funny, and so is Rooster. She introduces herself to Rooster in a court house where he's just been cross-examined by a defence lawyer - one of the professionals he refers to as "pettifogging lawyers". The meaning of the word "pettifogging" can't be found in an English dictionary but seems clear enough in context: clouding or fogging the issue; extinguishing clarity - that sort of thing - in order to help the guilty evade justice . The dialogue is unusually articulate for a Western. The "true grit" turns out to be equally distributed between Mattie, Rooster and Le Boeuf. During the course of the mission, the three come to respect each other and Rooster and Mattie develop something close to a father/daughter relationship. It's an excellent film with wonderful characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You will probably like this even if you don't like westerns, 1 May 2012
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You will probably like this film even if you don't normally like westerns.

It is hard to write a review that explains to someone who has not seen this why the original 'True Grit' is such a good film, it just is.

The plot involving venturing into the then Indian Territory [now Oklahoma] in pursuit of the men who killed the herione's father, with gun fights on foot and on horseback, rattle snakes and other dangers, and scenic wide plains, rivers and mountains, sounds like a typical western.

There is little particularly surprising in the plot, except that the relationship between the young slightly prim and law abiding heroine and the tough old US Marshall with a very rough and ready attitude to justice, played by John Wayne, that we would expect to turn into a romance by the end of the film never does, although they have an increasing respect and liking for each other.

I would though single out Kim Darby, a then young actress who although still acting and now in her 60s I do not know has ever been famous for anything else. Yet here as the heroine she is not at all inferior to the veteran John Wayne, on top form playing the male lead and winning the Oscar.

Yes, John Wayne plays the same sort of role he usually plays, but then, as the actor Vincent Price once said, citing Wayne as an example, "In Hollywood, to become type cast is to have arrived".

The contrast between Wayne's older, rougher and tougher character (even if on the side of the law) and Kim Darby's younger more civilized and domesticated character may say something about how the first of these types was the more needed in the first generation of the settlement of the American West, and the second in the next generation as life became more stable.

Many other supposedly classic westerns like the Searchers, Winchester '73, the Magnificent Seven and Shane I find frankly, although they have good bits, overall have now lost much of the magic they once seemed to have. 'True Grit' has not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about the Duke's image really you know., 13 Feb. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
When her father is shot and killed, Mattie Ross is outraged and thirsting for revenge. Seeking out Rooster Cogburn based on his gritty reputation, and aided by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, they head off to find the killer.

It's not bold or foolish to say that John Wayne has not only been in better films, he's also given better performances than his Oscar winning turn here in True Grit. However, few of his fans, or anyone who had watched his career closely, were complaining that the big man collected the pinnacle of acting awards. True Grit is a highly entertaining picture that when all is said and done, is as much about Wayne's image as it is a revenge character piece. Suffering with ill health in the twilight of his career, Wayne delivers a warm and humble performance as Cogburn. Eye patch over one eye, Rooster Cogburn is a rapscallion that is impossible to dislike, and that comes down to Wayne and his mannered performance.

True Grit is boosted by the sparky performance of Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, with the chemistry between herself and Wayne warm and honest, and this gives the film its emotional core, with both characters needing each other without even knowing it. It almost wasn't to be for Darby tho, Mia Farrow was the preferred choice for Mattie, but Farrow unwisely took advice from a mischievous Robert Mitchum and turned down the part, something she is quoted as saying she regretted for the rest of her career. Faring not so well, tho, is Glen Cambell as LaBoeuf, guilty of trying too hard, he just becomes hard to take seriously, even in the jovial moments. Robert Duvall lands bad guy duties but doesn't quite get to grips with it, and the rest of the cast are merely making up the numbers. Thankfully director Henry Hathaway shoots it just about right, he, along with his excellent cinematographer Lucien Ballard, are framing Wayne and all his iconic being in one loving movie. What could have been a standard hunt the villain picture turns out to be quite a character driven treat. 8/10
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Wayne, 27 Aug. 2002
This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
A must-own film for all true film fans. This movie has all the ingredients to make it a classic. Great cast, great story, great action and an Oscar winning performance from The Duke. The film centres around the interaction between Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) and his new employer Maddie (Kim Darby) as they set off on the trail of the killer of Maddie's father, with a young Glen Campbell also along for the ride. The Marshall's 'old-fashioned' ways and his fondness for whiskey results in total and constant grief from Maddie. This results in some great dialogue and the script is my all-time favourite for any film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible transfer for a classic movie..., 10 Mar. 2012
love or hate the film, any film fan will watch this and their jaw will drop. This is an incredible HD transfer of a 45 year old film. The audio struggles at times and seems out of place occasionally, simply because the film looks like it was filmed yesterday !! The film itself is a classic but its never as good as you remember...times have moved on and acting has become more sophisticated. However, this is a brilliant movie. History and pleasing to the eye but the dvd or bluray debate for this one is a no brainer.. the bluray transfer is AMAZING !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising and Touching Love Story, 29 April 2002
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M. Steele (Komatipoort, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
True Grit - a love story? Yes it is and an articulately scripted (by Marguerite Roberts) and consequently, amusing one at that. This is an old fashioned film, with old fashioned values and love is premier amongst those values. Love firstly of a daughter (Kim Darby) for her slain father who elicits the support of mean US deputy marshall Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) to pursue his killers. Implied romantic interest between the girl and Texas Ranger Glenn Campbell in his first acting role. Very explicitly burgeoning love, in the sense that a father loves a daughter or a mother a son, that develops between Wayne and Darby. 'By God she reminds me of me!' he says of her at one point. A debatable point throughout the fim is who has the true grit - her or him.
Eventually the answer is both of them in their different ways. But, Wayne's (or Rooster's) grit is of a different order shown in the 4:1 showdown in a picturesque glade where a 'one eyed fat man' discomforts his detractors.
The film ends touchingly and life enhancingly. It makes me look forward to growing fat and old (not long now) so that I can say - 'come see a fat old man sometime.' The DVD is a competent piece of work but has little by way of extras. The original theatrical trailer adds little and the dubbing is mediocre. BUT THIS IS A GREAT FILM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Grit - Gritty but entertaining thriller, 4 Jan. 2011
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Strapping on an eye patch and gun belt, John Wayne finally won a well deserved Oscar for this entertaining Western. Wayne stars as Rooster Cogburn, a rough and tough marshall hired by a young girl to go into Indian territory and track down her father's murderer. His portrayal is straight from the golden age of the Western, all larger than life and heroic, and most of all thoroughly entertaining!

This is a classic Western, with all the essential elements. There is the main adventure, but leavened with a strong sense of humour, especially the banter and interplay between the three leads. The villains are suitably villainous, the action set pieces (including the final grand showdown) are big and entertaining, and all in all it is a fun film to watch. It is let down a little by the wooden acting of Kim Darby and Glen Campbell as Wayne's co stars, but in a way this just serves to make Wayne seem even better.

This 2009 John Wayne Collection Paramount release is pretty good. A widescreen presentation with a decent transfer and a mono soundtrack that sounds OK. There are no extras. A decent presentation of a classic film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'PURE GOLD', 28 May 2014
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' (U.K) - See all my reviews
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what can you say about 'John Wayne' that hasn't been said a thousand times before, without doubt he had a 'presence' and 'swagger' that 'owned' the screen, he was for me, as i'm sure he was for many of you 'the ultimate cowboy'
In 'true grit' we find a 'precise'' and determined young lady 'Mattie Ross' (Kim Darby) set out to hire 'Rooster Cogburn' (john Wayne) a hardened 'drunk' to help her bring to justice the man that killed her father, he accepts the deal she offers, but isn't too keen on having her 'tag' along to ensure the mission is fulfilled.
They are joined by 'Marshall La Boeuf' (Glen Cambell) who is on the trail of the same man for another murder.
The humour that bubbles to the surface in the film is part of it's charm.
The young girl even manages to 'melt' the heart of the no-nonsense hard drinking Marshall.
'John Wayne' quite rightly earned an 'acadamy award' for his role in the film.
In my view this along with 'The Cowboys' and 'The Shootist' these were indeed some of his best performances.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional Western, 9 Mar. 2004
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Sally-Anne "mynameissally" (Leicestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
When her father is murdered by one of his employees, Tom Chaney, young Mattie Ross is determined to see justice done. It seems the justice system isn't up to the job so she has to hire a man with "true grit" to track Chaney down. She hires a one-eyed drunk, Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, to find the man and see him punished. She and Rooster are joined in the hunt by Texas Ranger Le Boeuf who is after Chaney for the killing of a Waco senator and his bird-dog.
Normally I don't watch Westerns, but this one is something special. The script is well written and funny and the actors are well suited for their roles. Mattie is an extremely serious and efficient young lady who stands for no nonsense; trained to be her father's bookkeeper, she drives a hard bargain and isn't about to be gulled by anyone. She expresses herself very clearly and precisely in clipped sentences, avoiding the use of contractions, rarely laughs and doesn't appear to appreciate jokes. But she's very funny, and so is Rooster. She introduces herself to Rooster in a court house where he's just been cross-examined by s defence lawyer - one of the professionals he refers to as "pettifogging lawyers". The dialogue is unusually articulate for a Western. The "true grit" turns out to be equally distributed between Mattie, Rooster and Le Boeuf. The three come to respect each other and Rooster and Mattie are almost like father and daughter in the end. It's an excellent film with wonderful characters - including the pettifogging lawyers, the auctioneer and the criminals.
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