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A Surprising and Touching Love Story,
This review is from: True Grit [DVD]  (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.