After 40 years in films, John Wayne finally won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, a fat, over-the-hill, one-eyed, drunken marshal.
Based on a novel by Charles Portis, True Grit is supposed to be a story about a 14-year-old girl called Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) from Yell County, Arkansas, who hires a lawman to find her father’s killer. Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey). In reality, this is a film about John Wayne – and it’s a delight.
Cogburn joins forces with a young, good looking Texas Ranger named La Boeuf (singer Glen Campbell), who is also pursuing Chaney on a murder charge and the trio head out for Indian territory to confront a dozen crooks of various hues of wickedness and weirdness.
Wayne assumed the character of the one-eyed marshal again in Rooster Cogburn in 1975 with Katharine Hepburn.
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Capt. Boots Finch