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One-eyed Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn and a Texas Ranger help a girl find her father's killer.

Special Features

  • True Writing
  • Working with the Duke
  • Aspen Gold: Locations of True Grit
  • The Law and the Lawless
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Charles Portis, Marguerite Roberts
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Joseph H. Hazen, Paul Nathan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Extra tracks, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (643 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Len Simons on June 22, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is a review of the PQ of the newly released blu ray of the original True Grit.
There is so much edge enhancement applied to the picture that it appears fake, more like overprocessed video than film. I found it very distracting through the entire movie, and would never choose to watch this blu ray again. Not unless it was remastered properly and reissued (not likely).

Stay away from this blu ray release. At the very least, rent it before you buy it to avoid disappointment.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2005
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In ways this is an old chestnut; but it has its charms.

It's beautifully cinemagraphed: the colours are rich and vibrant. The natural scenery is wonderful. Plus, the beginning of the film is a splendid evocation of American Victorianism--with the funeral parlor, court house, boarding house, etc.

The representation of post-bellum middle-southern America is excellently drawn. (The locale is supposed to be Arkansas. There is mention of Yankees and Texicans, etc.)

Glenn Campbell was not an actor at all, but he was a good fellow and a nice folk singer of the 1960s, closely identified with Texas. (He sings the title song.)
Great supporting cast with Robert Duval and Jeff Corey. The two scenes with Strother Martin are worth the price of admission alone. Probably this is John Wayne's best rôle.

The sound track score by Elmer Bernstein is very fine; and as mentioned, the scenic cinematography is excellent. The screenplay dialogue is wonderful, featuring real Americana turns of phrase. The widescreen DVD transfer is good.

Finally, there is an ineffably life-affirming ambience to this film which is touching and uplifting. At the end, when Rooster jumps the rail on his new horse, it brings a tear of joy.

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Edit 25 Dec. 2010: having now seen the Coen Brothers' new film of True Grit we are happy to report it a very good work indeed, and a fine successor to the 1969 version; hopefully it will bring this story of courage, righteousness and justice to a new generation of viewers.
The new film is dark and elegiac, striking a deep resonant chord of genuine Americana: highly recommended.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "me15" on December 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
True Grit is the only John Wayne film that I saw during its run in the theater. Glen Campbell gave a good, and underrated, performance as a likeable Texas Ranger. Contrary to the critics, who ganged up on Campbell, I thought that Kim Darby was the weak link in the cast. Robert Duvall was outstanding, as well as the rest of the supporting cast. The soundtrack was excellent and the scenery was fantastic. Virtually every line that John Wayne delivered in the film was gripping. I have never seen an actor since who could hold an audience's attention the way he did in True Grit. An interesting anecdote: Henry Hathaway was pretty rough with Glen Campbell and berated him mercilessly during one of the scenes. Robert Duvall blew a fuse and told Hathaway that if he treated any member of the cast that way again, he would walk off the set.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on April 1, 2008
Format: DVD
True Grit DVD

True Grit is probably my favorite John Wayne western, maybe The Shootist is a close second. It stars John Wayne as an old, rough and coarse U. S. Marshall who reluctantly helps a teenager (Kim Darby) who both won academy Awards for their roles in the movie. The Marshall helps track down the killer of Darcy's Father into Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma). The movie is based on the novel True Grit.

Glen Campbell sings and plays a Texas Ranger who tags along.

Highly recommended for fans of John Wayne, Classic Western movies, and Cowboy movies the way they used to be made.

Gunner April, 2008
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steffan Piper VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
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I hadn't seen this movie in a number of years, but I'm happily surprised that the film doesn't come across as dated or formulaic at all. A solid Western and a classic within the genre.

True Grit is probably John Wayne's best performance, although it wouldn't be his last, even though he did win an Oscar for it. He also felt the story strong enough to entertain the idea of doing a sequel of the character, Marshall Rooster Cogburn, which is now elementary. Listening to the commentary though, it was stated that a third film was in the works and both Wayne and Hepburn were both happy to reprise their roles whenever filming began, Rooster Cogburn (...and the Lady) being the second and final.

Kim Darby as 'Baby Sister' was also very memorable. When I saw her later in Better Off Dead years later, I not only didn't recognize her, but I was convinced that I recognized her voice from somewhere, which is probably one of those truly signature film voices of all time. It's just a shame she wasn't tapped for better roles through the years to show it off.

True Grit is a incredibly well-written story, nice cinematography and hardy villains (Robert Duvall & Dennis Hopper) which makes for a well-spent two hours and eight minutes. And if you listen to the Director's Commentary towards the end of the film, despite Gary Will's biography, which is incorrect, John Wayne DOES jump over the fence.

For the record, even though he won an Oscar for this, it always seems that The Cowboys seem to be the fan favorite.
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