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True Grit (1969)

Westerns movie directed by Henry Hathaway

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Wayne finally gets his Oscar

  • Nov 4, 2011

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What was your initial reaction to the film?  I saw this film as a teenager when it first came out and was spellbound by it.   I went back to see it three times at the little movie theater in my little home town.   I have always been a John Wayne fan and was glad to see him finally receive his Oscar for this film.  Many have complained that it was John playing John Wayne once more.  I so disagree.  After seeing the new version with Jeff Bridges, I appreciate John Wayne's performance even more.


How did you like the cast...performances?  I thought the casting was perfect.  Kim Darby perfect in her performance.  And although Glen Campbell is not an actor by nature I thought he did alright up against the two dynamos of Wayne and Darby.


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Pros? Cons? Bottom Line?   One of Wayne's Best.  Right up there with Liberty Valance and Rio Bravo.


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November 05, 2011
John Wayne played in a lot of movies. True Grit, although a good movie, was not his best. I think that the Academy wanted to honor him at some point for a fine career in movies.
November 05, 2011
I do agree it was a career oscar. But I don't think he would have gotten one if he had not made True Grit. Liberty Valance is probably my favorite film of his. But it was very much an ensemble film with many great performances. True Grit is all John Wayne and an out of character John Wayne at that.
November 05, 2011
I believe that John Wayne should have gotten the Oscar for The Quiet Man or El Dorado.
November 05, 2011
I agree with you, but they had long passed him over by the time True Grit was made. So without True Grit I doubt he would have ever earned the award. With the exception of The Shootist nothing after True Grit was really of the quality for him to have been nominated in my opinion.
November 07, 2011
I agree. True Grit was the last chance to honor him for an award. The Quiet Man was perhaps his best career movie performance.
November 04, 2011
thank you for the review and welcome to Lunch!!
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Tomboyish young woman hires a tough Marshall to help capture her fathers killer. In the sea of other John Wayne Westerns, it's not bad.
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John Wayne hams it up as a one-eyed, broken-down marshal in this 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis's bestselling novel. Kim Darby plays the formal-speaking adolescent who goes to Wayne for help tracking down her father's killer, and singer Glen Campbell straps on his guns to join the quest. Directed by old lion Henry Hathaway (Rawhide), this is largely a showcase for Wayne (who finally won an Oscar), but it is also a decent Western with a particularly stirring final act.--Tom Keogh
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Director: Henry Hathaway
Genre: Western
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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