“Rooster Cogburn” is a Western movie released in 1975, directed by Stuart Millar and starring John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a US Marshal with a reputation for being tough, cantankerous, and fearless. The movie follows Rooster as he reluctantly teams up with a headstrong young woman named Eula Goodnight, played by Katharine Hepburn, to track down a gang of outlaws led by her father’s killer.
The movie was loosely based on the character of Rooster Cogburn from Charles Portis’ novel “True Grit,” which had already been adapted into a successful film in 1969, also starring John Wayne. “Rooster Cogburn” was less successful with critics and audiences but is still notable for featuring two of the biggest stars in Hollywood history, John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, in their only movie together.
The movie was filmed primarily on location in Durango, Mexico, and featured stunning landscapes and scenery that helped create an authentic Old West atmosphere. The movie also features a memorable musical score by Laurence Rosenthal, which helped to heighten the movie’s dramatic and action-packed moments.
“Rooster Cogburn” features two of the biggest movie stars of all time, John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, in the leading roles. John Wayne plays the titular character, Rooster Cogburn, a US Marshal with a reputation for being tough and fearless. Katharine Hepburn, on the other hand, plays Eula Goodnight, a determined young woman who seeks justice for her father’s murder and ends up partnering with Rooster to track down the outlaws responsible.
The supporting cast of “Rooster Cogburn” includes several other notable actors, including:
Anthony Zerbe as Breed, the leader of the gang of outlaws
Richard Jordan as Hawk, one of Breed’s henchmen
John McIntire as Judge Parker, who assigns Rooster to track down the outlaws
Strother Martin as Shanghai McCoy, a shady character who helps Rooster and Eula
Paul Koslo as Luke, one of the outlaws
Together, this talented cast brought to life a story of adventure, danger, and redemption in the Wild West. Although the movie was not as successful as “True Grit,” it remains a beloved Western film among fans of John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.