True Grit
True Grit (1969)

In fine Hollywood tradition, John Wayne had to play a "one-eyed fat man" before the Motion Picture Academy considered him worthy of an Oscar. In True Grit, Wayne plays grumpy, pot-bellied U.S. marshal "Rooster" Cogburn,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 11, 1969
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira Walsh
America Magazine

An undeniably vivid, exceedingly well directed (by veteran Henry Hathaway) frontier tale that "tells it like it was."

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar. [Blu-ray]

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An enormously entertaining adventure that is as much about John Wayne's image as it is about a girl seeking revenge for her father's murder.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

If I had to pick only one True Grit movie to take to the proverbial desert island, it'd be Hathaway's, Wayne's, Ballard's and, while we're at it, Elmer Bernstein's...

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a good movie, just probably not the great one of memory.

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Josh Larsen

At times a charming, kiddie Western, this John Wayne vehicle also has a real nasty streak.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Far too often for True Grit to quite overcome, [Wayne's] larger-than-life turn flirts with, if not outright topples into, self-parody.

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Empire Magazine

Although some say Wayne's Oscar was given out of sympathy instead of his performance, he still acts well as the sheriff who's past his peak.

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Emanuel Levy

Wayne's Oscar-winning film is one of his best and most personal, fusing the actor and the person, marking a collaborative height of three vets: producer Hal Wallis, director Henry Hathaway, and the Duke.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
John Wayne won his one and only Oscar for Best Actor in this exciting and riveting action-packed Western from Director Henry Hathaway that became one of the… More
Alex roy
Having read the novel by Charles Portis and seeing the Coen Brothers version, and finally seeing this film, I thought that the original True Grit was a terrific… More
Jim Hunter
A fourteen-year-old girl hires and accompanies a grizzled U.S. Marshal on a mission to avenge the death her father. It's rare that a re-make is better than… More
Kevin M. Williams
Altho the Duke's Oscar was actually one for lifetime achievement, that doesn't alter the fact that his gift was making those around him (and us) feel… More
Jim Careter
True Grit is a masterpiece and is one of the greatest westerns in film history. John Wayne is a amazing actor, and in this he is probably the best person in… More
Edward Boxler
John Wayne's Academy Award winning performance is reason alone to watch True Grit. The award not only commemorates the Duke's great career as one of… More

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