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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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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37 of 38 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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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
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 19 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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15 of 16 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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10 of 11 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The meanest marshal here is Rooster Cogburn, a pitiless man, double tough, fear don't enter into his thinking...", 9 Oct 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
This film is simply a masterpiece, can be watched as many times as you want and very deservedly the Duke got an Oscar for his role in it. The sequel was not half-bad either. On another hand I didn't see the remake and I don't intend to. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Frank Ross (John Pickard) is killed by his hired hand, Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey). Ross' barely 14-years old daughter, Mattie (Kim Darby), hires aging U.S. Marshal Reuben "Rooster" J. Cogburn (John Wayne), as she heard that he has "true grit". Mattie and Cogburn set out to track and capture Chaney, who has taken up with a gang led by "Lucky" Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall). They are joined by a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) who is after Ned Pepper himself. And then the film begins...

The greatness of this film, adapted from a novel published barely one year earlier, resides in two main characters, Mattie Ross and "Rooster" Cogburn.

Mattie Ross is a very precocious, very serious, fearless and EXTREMELY brilliant young damzel, kind of 14 going on 40. In the book its is specified that she tells this whole story in the last years of her long life and that even if she earned a fortune she turned into a bitter spinster, as she never married and stayed all her life alone - which is understandable, because it would be very hard for her to find even one single man in the world she could consider as her equal...

One eyed "Rooster" Cogburn is in this film portrayed as an aged man (in his sixties), a tough, cynical, even cruel guy, with a foul tongue, bad manners, short temper and a great liking of whiskey and violence. He once had a family but didn't see either his former wife nor his son in the last 40 years... In the book he was younger, but already as tough and mean. He also certainly had some violent past, but we learn of it only in the sequel, in which, following the great success of this film, he was paired with no less an actress than Katherine Hepburn.

Dialogs and human relations rather than action are the greatest treasure in this film and frankly, even if I saw this film already probably six or seven times, I never tire of them. The great thing in this film, as in the book, is that actually neither of the three main characters in the hunting party (Mattie, Cogburn, La Boeuf) is a very likeable person - but as an interacting team they really are fascinating...

I love this film so much that I very deliberately decided against seeing the remake, even if I usually like a lot brothers Coen films - after watching "Rooster" Cogburn played by the Duke, I simply don't see me watching him played by the Dude...

This is a GREAT classic of westerns and a GREAT classic of world cinema. To buy, watch, love, re-watch and keep for ever. ENJOY!
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class Entertainment, 13 Mar 2013
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This review is from: True Grit (1969) [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
A Classic Film restored to beautiful quality a must own for western film fans, john Wayne at his best what more is there to say?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one True Grit, and only one Rooster!, 8 Mar 2012
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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
True Grit Is a classic! and I don't mean the new one! I love the music, the humour,everything about It really, me and my husband have always loved It. John Wayne Is the original and the best Rooster, he comes over as a loveble rougue, and the actors play of each other really well, and Glen Campbell has a lovely voice he showed himself to be a good actor aswell, excellent acting by Kim Darby who played Matty Ross bent on getting revenge on the man called Tom Chaney,Who shot her father,and nothing and no one Including Rooster, and Mr LaBeof the Texan Ranger ( Glen Campbell) was going to stop her, Inspite of them trying to stop her going with them to get Chaney, as she say's "I Payed good money" she hired Rooster to go and track Chaney down in the Indian territory,she was determined, well any way If you want the best True Grit buy the 1969 version you will not be disapointed. we have watched the new one but did not enjoy It, John Wayne as Rooster Is an hard act to follow,In fact the whole film Is an hard act to follow.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible transfer for a classic movie..., 10 Mar 2012
This review is from: True Grit (1969) [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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