Review: A U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger join in the manhunt in the hope of capturing Tom Chaney who murdered the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross and takes them into the Indian Territory.
Director: Henry Hathaway
Actors: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Alfred Ryder, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, Ron Soble, John Fiedler, James Westerfield, John Doucette, Donald Woods, Edith Atwater
Genre: Adventure, Drama and Western
Based on a novel by Charles Portis. Having watched the most recent True Grit (2010) film I have to say that I much prefer this 1969 original. I have to say that this is a fun western to watch but at the time of its release it was regarded as extremely violent. Apparently, Elvis Presley was first offered the role of the Texas Ranger. I think that it is a film you could watch still in the 21st Century and still enjoy. It is a film that still stands the test of time. Just some of the themes that occur in this film are revenge, loyalty, justice and judgment. Despite this film having good reviews and all the success it had, John Wayne himself was not pleased with the finished film and said in interviews that he had starred in much better films than this. When John Wayne went to accept his Oscar award, he said, “Wow. If I’d have known that, I’d have put that patch on 35 years earlier.” At the Academy Awards in 1970 this won one Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role (John Wayne). At the Golden Globe Awards in 1970 this won one award for Best Actor – Drama (John Wayne).