True Grit
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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, hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) to find Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey), who killed her father. The headstrong Mattie could have had her pick of lawmen, but selects the aging Cogburn because she believes he has "true grit" (she talks this way all through the picture, so be prepared). Also heading into Indian territory in search of Chaney is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"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..."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"...a good movie, just probably not the great one of memory."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"At times a charming, kiddie Western, this John Wayne vehicle also has a real nasty streak."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Wayne received an Oscar for this enjoyable western and certainly deserved it for being able to reverse his horse quicker and better than lesser mortals do their four wheeled vehicles."
‑ , Film4
"certainly one of Wayne's best performances, impressive in both his creation of a larger-than-life screen presence and the nuances he gave the role in all the right places"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Far too often for True Grit to quite overcome, [Wayne's] larger-than-life turn flirts with, if not outright topples into, self-parody."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"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."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is what you find when you look up 'Western' in the cinematic genre dictionary."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Capably but too coyly directed by the aged Henry Hathaway."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"True Grit is the kind of rip-roaring western adventure movie that, like film musicals, have art and innocence that is now lost forever."
‑ Christopher Null,
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