“True Grit” is a 1969 Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne in the role that won him his only Academy Award for Best Actor. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Portis.
In the film, Wayne plays U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a tough and grizzled lawman who is hired by a young girl named Mattie Ross (played by Kim Darby) to track down the man who murdered her father. Cogburn is initially skeptical of the young girl’s abilities and reluctant to take on the job, but eventually agrees to help her in exchange for a large sum of money.
The unlikely pair sets out on a dangerous journey through Indian Territory, where they encounter a number of obstacles, including a gang of outlaws led by the vicious Tom Chaney (played by Jeff Corey) and a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf (played by Glen Campbell) who is also hunting Chaney.
“True Grit” was a critical and commercial success and is widely regarded as one of the best Western films ever made. Wayne’s performance as Cogburn is often cited as one of the highlights of his career, and the movie is remembered for its mix of humor, drama, and action. The film also features a memorable score by composer Elmer Bernstein and a theme song performed by Glen Campbell.
“True Grit” was later remade in 2010 with Jeff Bridges in the role of Cogburn, but the original film remains a beloved classic of the Western genre and a testament to John Wayne’s enduring appeal as an actor.