True Grit

Synopsis: The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

Little Frank.

- You take care of your ma.

- I will.

- You're not travelling very heavy, Tom.

- I got all I need.

You should be taking the train, Frank.

Fort Smith is too long a ride.

On Judy, 70 miles

will be a pleasant outing.

Yarnell, you'll take care

of the place for me.

You and my Mattie.

Where's Mattie?

I'm here, Papa!

Well, Little Bookkeeper,

got my wherewithal ready?

- Of course.

- How much are you allowing me?

There's... right around...

...$150 cash money there.

Better hand me

my good luck gold pieces, too.

Buying Texas mustang ponies,

you'll need plenty of luck!

You'll come around to my plan.

I intend to buy as many as I can swing.

- We'll breed them for deer-hunting.

- They're small and chicken-brained!

I'd say small and tough,

right for keeping up with dogs.

- You want my advice, Papa?

- I always do.

- Buy the ponies cheap.

- I expect to.

This Colonel Stonehill has got

to get rid of them before winter.

Papa, that gun's old-fashioned.

Buy a new one at Fort Smith.

It served me well at Chickamauga,

and it's got a long way to go yet.

Goodbye, Papa!

Tom Chaney...

Now there's trash for you.

It's his job to look after the place.

Papa took him in when he was starving

and gave him a house.

Come, Mattie, it's only an old tool-shed.

You can still throw a cat

through the south wall!

It's got a good roof.

- This game's crooked!

- What?

You've been dealing me seconds!

Goddamn crooks!

You're stackin' the decks!

Come on, Tom. We want to make

an early start for home.

I'm going back in there.

I want to get my money back!

Not full of whisky and with a gun.

That's no way.

- A gun'll say a whole lot quick.

- I won't allow you to get into trouble.

- Gimme your gun.

- I'll give you one end of it!

Gimme the gun! Gimme your gun!

All aboard!

Where's the undertaker?

Round the corner

from the courthouse, ma'am.

Thank you.

I can't understand

all these people being here.

Everybody comes in from every place.

- I'd like to know why.

- They're hanging three men today.

We'd better go and see about Papa.



Looks like he's out

rustling up business for himself.

Seems like we have some time

to waste before we see anybody.

I can tell you want to go to the hanging.

Afraid I can't.

Your mama said keep an eye on you.

Well, I'll go along.

Don't worry, I won't tell Mama.

I was once lost

But now am found

Was blind but now I see

'Twas grace that taught

My heart to fear

And grace my fears relieved

How sweet the sound...

That man up there on the porch...

That's Judge Parker.

He watches all the hangings.

- He says it's his sense of duty.

- Who knows what's in a man's heart?

... Amen.

The hangman's a Yankee.

They say he won't spring the trap

on a boy that wore the blue.

No, I'm here, I'll see it all.

My goodness!

That's not a faint-hearted judge.

Chaney'll get his due

before such a judge.

Is that the man?

That is my father.

If you would like to kiss him,

it would be all right.


Put the lid on it.

I'm Mattie Ross

of Dardanelle in Yell County.

And this is my friend, Yarnell

Pointdexter, who works on our place.

Yes, ma'am. State your business.

My father was killed in Fort Smith

by a coward named Tom Chaney.

What are you doing

about the murder?

We do know this:
His name's

Chambers, he's in Indian territory.

We think he robbed a mail hack

Tuesday down on the Poteau River.

He's medium height,

with a black mark on his cheek.

That's Tom Chaney.

There's no Chambers to it.

He got that black mark

when a man fired a pistol in his face.

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Marguerite Roberts

Marguerite Roberts (21 September 1905 – 17 February 1989) was an American screenwriter, one of the highest paid in the 1930s. After she and her husband John Sanford refused to testify in 1951 before the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was blacklisted for nine years and unable to get work in Hollywood. She was hired again in 1962 by Columbia Pictures. more…

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