Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TRUE GRIT (1969)

Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbee, Kim Darby & Robert Duvall
Director: Henry Hathaway

Film version of Charles Portis' wonderful novel about an over-the-hill marshal who helps a 14-year-old track down her father's killer. Not as good as the book, but Wayne's Oscar-winning performance and rousing last half hour make it fine screen entertainment. Sequel: ROOSTER COGBURN. Followed by a TV movie in 1978 with Warren Oates and Lisa Pelikan.

Well-directed by Henry Hathaway, it's still not one of the Duke's classics-although it does have many good scenes. (128 mins.)

My Rating: ***

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