“Rooster Cogburn” is a 1975 Western film directed by Stuart Millar and starring John Wayne in his second portrayal of the character Rooster Cogburn, whom he played previously in the 1969 film “True Grit.” The movie also stars Katharine Hepburn as Eula Goodnight, a prim and proper missionary who reluctantly teams up with Cogburn to track down a gang of outlaws who have stolen nitroglycerin.
In the film, Cogburn is older and more cantankerous than he was in “True Grit,” but he is still as tough and fearless as ever. Hepburn’s Eula Goodnight provides a contrast to Cogburn’s gruffness with her refined manners and high society background.
“Rooster Cogburn” was not as successful as “True Grit,” but it remains a fun and entertaining Western movie that showcases the chemistry between Wayne and Hepburn. The film features a number of exciting action sequences, including a memorable shoot-out on a riverboat, and Wayne’s performance as Cogburn is as charismatic and iconic as ever.
While “Rooster Cogburn” may not be one of John Wayne’s most famous or acclaimed films, it is still an enjoyable entry in his filmography and a worthy follow-up to his Oscar-winning performance in “True Grit.”