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.
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A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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Did You Know?
Olivia Hussey turned down the part of Mattie Ross, and regretted it. See more
Some of the paths Mattie, Rooster, and La Boeuf ride down have obviously been formed by automobile tires. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
When submitted for a rating from the MPAA in 1969, the film was given an "M". The film was edited and re-rated "G". The American VHS version contains the "G" rated cut while the DVD is the uncut "M" version (which would be printed as "PG" since the symbol was changed in the 1970s). See more
Referenced in Fist Fight
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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