Rooster Cogburn

Synopsis: A small village in the Indian Nation that is run by a Minister Goodnight and his daughter Eula is overrun by a band of drunken thugs. They kill and rape the people of the village. Miss Goodnight then teams up with the ruthless Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn who goes after them and bring them to justice.
Director(s): Stuart Millar
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


It's the law, Pecos.

We want you for train robbery

and murder of the engineer.

Get your hands on top of your heads.

You bastards.

You bastards.

Rooster J. Cogburn, step forward.

Are you Rooster J. Cogburn,

Deputy Marshal for Western Arkansas?

You know I am.

A deputy who shoots

and kills 64 suspects in 8 years,

is breaking the law,

not upholding it.

Let's get this straight, Judge.

Only 60 of them died.

All were shot in the line of duty or

in self defense or attempting to flee.

You have served

this court for almost two lustrums.

You're a strong man

and a brave man, Rooster.

And you have, at times,

executed your duties faithfully.

But all too often you have

acted with excessive zeal and...

What's a lustrum, Judge?

- 5 years. Don't interrupt me.

Pay attention to me.

This is not just a formal reprimand.

Investors go where the law protects

them, not shoots them.

Is that the kind of law

my deputy got yesterday?

I was proud to tell his wife

I shot his killers.

It seems you can't serve

this court without breaking heads

and spraying bullets. The West

has changed but you haven't.

I want your badge. - They don't know

these new-fangled laws out there.

They're still shooting

in the same direction, at me.

Your badge, Cogburn.

You let yourself go. Look at your

belly! You can't even close your coat.

You drink too much.

- I ain't had a drink since breakfast.

And I only wear this coat

in your court.

It was good enough when you needed me.

You've gone to seed, Rooster.

Next case.

Lieutenant, road's out ahead.

Rock slide.

Can we get around it?

- No, sir.

But there's a shallow down river

to take the wagon across.

Column right, ho.

Breed, we can't move nitro

over those logs.

It's just dead wood, sir.

It's easy to move.

Chipley, Grimm, dismount.

Start moving those logs.

Rawlins! Bryant!

Get the ropes. Help him.

The war is over.

The US Cavalry lost again.

Just like I told you.

Give me my money.

Don't you trust me? - Pay up, Hawk,

or try takin' the gold without me.

Don't tempt me.

Any fool can blow nitro.

The last fool who thought that

blowed himself up.

Alright, move. Fast.

We got four days' hard ridin'

and that gold shipment won't wait.

Gone to seed, have I?

Gone to seed!

A man does his job,

defends The Code,

and what does he get?

Disgrace and abuse.

- Judge say, you abuse justice.

I abuse justice? There ain't no

justice in the West no more.

Men with sand in their craw,

pushed aside

by duded-up Yankee lawyers

who won spellin' bees back home.

That ain't St. Louis beer.

- Kansas City.

Well, I don't like it.

Neither does Sterling.

Too sweet, ain't it, General?

Well, give me my jug.

- Judge Parker say lock it up.

Who's payin' the rent here,

him or me?

You can't lock up a man's whiskey.

I'll give you one minute to get my...

Don't shoot.

I'll get it for you.

Don't shoot.

Until you've heard what I say.

You have said enough, Judge.

None of it to my credit nor liking.

May I take a drink

with you and General Sterling?

If you don't mind such seedy company.


you were my best Marshal.

You could be again.

That account is long overdrawn,


Old friend,

let's let bygones be bygones.

I have an important assignment

for you. - You seem to forget, Judge.

You hung up my guns, remember?

I am retired, relieved, and rejoicing.

"l painted her, I painted her..."

Chen Lee, turn off the light.

No doubt you've heard

of Hawk's latest outrage.

The Army believe he took the nitro

for another robbery. Time's short.

You know the territory

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Charles Portis

Charles McColl Portis (born December 28, 1933) is an American author best known for his novels Norwood (1966) and the classic Western True Grit (1968), both adapted as films. The latter also inspired a film sequel and a made-for-TV movie sequel. A newer film adaptation of True Grit was released in 2010. Portis has been described as "one of the most inventively comic writers of western fiction". more…

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