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5.0 out of 5 stars A CHARMING OLD CHESTNUT..., 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.
True Grit
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2010 11:37:45 AM PST
Glen Campbell is from Arkansas, but he did a nice job portraying a Texan. I also greatly enjoy this movie. "Fill your hands...." is one of my all time favorite movie lines.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 11:17:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2010 11:19:04 AM PST
Glen Campbell graduated from Arlington High in Fort Worth TEXAS.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 10:45:28 PM PST
Guy Murphy says:
Well, I'm not sure he graduated high school anywhere. His web site said he quit school at 16 to start touring with his uncle. But I guarantee you Campbell was born in a little village called Billstown near Delight, Arkansas in Pike County.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 11:08:24 AM PST
Gary says:
To suggest Glen Campbell is not a good actor in this role, is unfair. While actors all around were winning Academy Awards in this movie, rest assured, Glen helped them win their awards with his wonderful portrayal of a Texas Marshall. I have seen Glen Campbell in concert, and I prefer him as an actor.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 6:14:20 PM PST
J. McCall says:
I agree with the comment about Strother Martin, probably the only actor from the original that would've made the remake even better (except for The Duke, of course).
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