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True Grit
Director: Henry Hathaway (Dir)
Release Date:   1969
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 11 Jun 1969
Duration (in mins):   128
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Cast:   John Wayne (Rooster Cogburn)  
    Glen Campbell (La Boeuf)  
    Kim Darby (Mattie Ross)  
    Jeremy Slate (Emmett Quincy)  
    Robert Duvall (Ned Pepper)  
    Dennis Hopper (Moon)  
    Alfred Ryder (Goudy)  
    Strother Martin (Colonel Stonehill)  
    Jeff Corey (Tom Chaney)  
    Ron Soble (Capt. Boots Finch)  
    John Fiedler (Lawyer Daggett)  
    James Westerfield (Judge Parker)  
    John Doucette (Sheriff)  
    Donald Woods (Barlow)  
    Edith Atwater (Mrs. Floyd)  
    Carlos Rivas (Dirty Bob)  
    Isabel Boniface (Mrs. Bagby)  
    H. W. Gim (Chen Lee)  
    John Pickard (Frank Ross)  
    Elizabeth Harrower (Mrs. Ross)  
    Ken Renard (Yarnell)  
    Jay Ripley (Harold Parmalee)  
    Kenneth Becker (Farrell Parmalee)  

Summary: In 1880 in Yell County, Arkansas, 14-year-old Mattie Ross vows vengeance on her father's murderer, hired man Tom Chaney, who has fled into Indian Territory. Accordingly, she enlists the aid of one-eyed U. S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn and accepts the help of Texas Ranger La Boeuf, who is intent on the reward awaiting the man to capture Chaney for crimes committed in Texas. Despite mutual distrust, Rooster and La Boeuf unite to dissuade Mattie from accompanying them on their dangerous mission. Undeterred, she joins the manhunt. The trio tracks the assassin across the border to the refuge of outlaw Ned Pepper. During a surprise raid on Pepper's hideout, the lawmen kill four of his fellows and find a gold piece once the property of Mattie's father. Alone, Mattie encounters Chaney. Although she wounds him, Mattie is taken hostage by Pepper's band. Fearing for the girl's life, La Boeuf and Rooster pretend to retreat. Armed to the teeth, the two return unexpectedly to rescue Mattie. As Chaney bludgeons La Boeuf, Mattie shoots the fugitive a second time and falls backwards into a snakepit. After slaying Chaney, Rooster, aided by the dying ranger, pulls Mattie from the pit. Discovering that she has been bitten by a rattlesnake, the marshal, himself wounded, rushes the girl to a physician. Recovering from her injuries, the child proclaims to Rooster her wish to be buried next to him. 

Production Company: Hal Wallis Productions  
  Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: A Hal Wallis Production
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Henry Hathaway (Dir)
  William W. Gray (Asst dir)
Producer: Hal B. Wallis (Prod)
  Paul Nathan (Assoc prod)
Writer: Marguerite Roberts (Scr)
Photography: Lucien Ballard (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Walter Tyler (Prod des)
Film Editor: Warren Low (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Ray Moyer (Set dec)
  John Burton (Set dec)
Costumes: Dorothy Jeakins (Cost)
Music: Elmer Bernstein (Mus)
Sound: Roy Meadows (Sd rec)
  Elden Ruberg (Sd rec)
Special Effects: Dick Johnson (Spec eff)
Make Up: Jack Wilson (Makeup supv)
  Carol Meikle (Makeup supv)
Production Misc: Frank Beetson Jr. (Prod mgr)
  Ernie Sawyer (Greensman)
  George Coleman (Transportation)
Country: United States

Songs: "True Grit," words and music by Don Black and Elmer Bernstein, sung by Glen Campbell; "Amazing Grace," traditional, arranged by John Newton.
Composer: Elmer Bernstein
  Don Black
  John Newton
Source Text: Based on the novel True Grit by Charles Portis (New York, 1968).
Authors: Charles Portis

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures 16/4/1969 dd/mm/yyyy LP36735

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Adolescence
  Farm hands
  Texas Rangers
  United States. Marshals

Note: Location scenes were filmed in and around Ridgway and Montrose, Colorado, and at Mammoth Lakes in California. Copyright claimants: Hal B. Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen. 

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