True Grit (1969) - Adventure, Drama, Western

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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby
Length: 128 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 13 out of 174 found boring (7.47%)

One-line Reviews (90)

The 2010 version is more accurate with a more mundane backdrop shot in East-Central Texas and New Mexico.

In summary, this first filmed version of Charles Portis' novel was quite enjoyable from beginning to end.

Though the movie is spirited and fairly enjoyable, and the Duke does some fun overplaying, the script is thin and director Henry Hathaway goes heavy on the corn.

Slow moving but entertaining .

This movie was so boring and i felt like it dragged on for it's 2 hour run time and the only somewhat good thing about the film was john Wayne's performance as Rooster Cogburn.

And certain films like The Commancheros and McLintock and Big Jake I find to be more entertaining.

This movie is not Wayne's best, but it is entertaining for the composite character he plays and for the subtle recognitions that age is catching up with him.

The film is slow and boring, it's 45 minutes before they even leave to go on the mission.

It's talky, yet entertaining with bouts of almost shocking violence (one guy's fingers get chopped off).

Action , interesting plot , top-notch performance and breathtaking last half hour make it fine screen amusement .

While there is plenty of gripping action including several shoot-outs and the aforementioned snake pit what really gripped me was the cracking dialogue.

What had struck me before were the unexpected echoes of Bartok, which fit with the action quite brilliantly.

Elmer Bernstein's score is rousing and very fitting, while the story is interesting, most of the characters are credible and the script flows well.

It was also enjoyable from beginning to end as we cheer for Rooster to protect Mattie and for her to get justice for the murder of her father.

Stunning Western based on Charles Portis's novel and adapted by Marguerite Roberts about a hard-nosed , tough U.

One of the most boring movies i have ever seen .

It's all entertaining, and there are several hidden sub-texts.

It is just entertaining.

This is definitely an engaging Western as John Wayne provides the best performance of his film career as he gives Rooster a larger- than- life character that one will always remember.

One of the most entertaining Westerns ever .

I'm not a big fan of the western genre, but all in all this movie is enjoyable and just plain fun to watch.

By way of comparison, the original is a better, more entertaining movie than the Coen Brothers recent remake.

Despite a mostly very mediocre cast,True Grit is still a very enjoyable movie with a solid performance from Wayne and a well written turn from a book to a film.

It is a wildly entertaining movie.

Portis' theme, the coming of age of a one-track prudish farm-girl in a world of outrageous and violent men of the "Old West" remains largely intact, and remains fascinating.

The story as a whole was mildly entertaining for me at best.

It made the movie really enjoyable and immensely funny.

Elmer Bernstein's score is one of his "rousing" variety and pushes all the right buttons.

Appealing to that audience failed spectacularly in Attack of the Clones, but works rather well here, particularly when put alongside the megalinth of machismo that is John WayneAfter an entertaining few hours of banter and action, and in particular after a rousing gun battle where John Wayne took on the baddies single handed, La Boeuf fell to the ground and didn't get up again.

The photography is stunning and we do get quite a sense of the sheer scale of the territory as they close in on their prey.

One of the worst movies I ever saw of any genre.

That always seems to be to be a pointless activity anyway.

The characters are surely a very compelling bunch, with Wayne dominating the screen in his inimitable style.

When the music is this noticeable and repetitive ...

This is a very entertaining, quite funny, scenic, movie.

It has fantastic performances especially by Wayne and Darby, a fantastic music score by Elmer Bernstein, riveting bursts of action, iconic moments such as the climactic showdown, an effective blend of all of this with humor, and marvelous timing.

and there is more "coming of age" philosophy in these westerns than a lot of facile family fare.

Exciting western with beautiful scenery and professional cast.

Slow working rattle snake venom .

The two are a surprisingly effective pairing, their distinctive relationship creating a perplexing but engaging dynamic we don't quite fully understand the precise nuances of.

filled with excellent acting, superb filming, exciting battle sequeneces, and great comedy relief, true grit not only defines classic western, it pushes it to a higher level.

His direction is bland and unimaginative, cut and paste, master shots and close-ups then move on to the next scene.

The fact that she insists on coming along to help him is perhaps the weakest aspect of the story but the end result is so enjoyable that we can forgive this.

Honestly, I saw it hoping to like it more than the new film, but the acting in these old films is a lot of actors just waiting for their lines and not really reacting too believable (for instance, when Duvall makes fun of Wayne the camera cuts to Wayne who pauses looking bored before doing an over-the-top "whhaaat?

Let me just say that I enjoyed it a little more now especially with the Duke himself bringing his own legendary charm that helped him get the Oscar that seemed a long time coming to him considering all those other better performances of his that never even got nominated.

I have seen this film quite a few times over the years; it always reminds me of dull damp Sunday afternoons because that's when it always seemed to be on.

Other weak points include the dull directing and editing, which give the movie the look of an afternoon matinée or TV show.

Also compelling were the score by Elmer Bernstein and the direction by veteran Henry Hathaway.

And that gives the film several unexpected emotional payoffs.

This truly is one of John Wayne's great films and I am so glad he finally won an Oscar for his many years of making very entertaining films.

Sprawls and gets boring, despite improbable gun-play.

Still entertaining after all these years!...

The enjoyable story is enhanced for entertaining moments developed among main characters and especially on the relationship between John Wayne and Kim Darby .

The adventure,when it comes, is absorbing, the violence coming in well-spaced out episodes.

True Grit also starred Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, and one of the most fascinating men in Hollywood, Jeff Corey.

Glen Campbell is not bad, and entertaining when he is ragging Cogburn about the Civil War bushwhackers.

It's exciting, emotional and very funny.

) if seen every few years - even in 1969 entertaining action films could still be made!

Wayne saw "True Grit" as the last hurrah of the classic Western genre, and handled by old-school director Henry Hathaway, there was no room for artistic license, the landscapes are breathtaking, the archetypes are firmly in place: hanging, judges, outlaws, shootouts, campfires…"True Grit" is an old fashioned Western which, within the context of the revisionist revolution, feels as fresh and modern, as its peers.

Okay for starters my name is not Ian Edmonds it's actually Gerald Marshall,and i would like to say that this movie has no dark humour at all and that it annoy's me very much,it's not even going along with the book not like the remake which was GeraldTacular, The red-neck cracker John Wayne is so predictable the way he walks,talks,breaths,sleeps,eats and most of all how he acts he's not even the face of Western's.

The intriguing plot unfolds itself very nicely on the silver screen.

It is a fast-moving and exciting adventure, notable for some beautiful photography of mountainous landscapes (although it is ostensibly set in relatively flat Oklahoma, it was actually filmed in Colorado and California), for one of the great iconic moments of the Western (the scene where Cogburn gallops alone into battle, guns blazing, against four opponents) and for two excellent performances in the two main roles.

Soon the story turns into a great epic western that should be enjoyable (except for Linda Darnell's annoying character).

True Grit is a highly entertaining picture that when all is said and done, is as much about Wayne's image as it is a revenge character driven piece.

Too many pointless incidents (rattlesnakes ?

He's pretentious, quick-witted, and funny.

The new _True Grit_ is entertaining, and borrows much from the previous film.

All the elements come together here to create a slow-starting but very entertaining Western.

I give my review a few stars due to some very beautiful and engaging cinematography work.

Some of these actors portray bad guys, but Roberts' script and director Henry Hathaway's languid pacing allow them to present some humanizing qualities that go a long way toward making "True Grit" more than your typical shoot-em-up oater.

For just having the guts to miserably empty a bottle of whiskey, lose his balance, fall from his horse to then trying and pretend to have decided to set the campfire in the very spot he fell, if only for playing a character who's the antithesis of his usual heroes, Wayne deserved the Oscar.

I had forgotten just how long this film is, at just over two hours it's a lot of western, but pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

The concluding scenes with the many shooting is quite gripping, and there are some good scenes of Cogburn showing his true worth.

I think the film takes way too long to get going as the build-up takes forever but once the journey start things get a lot more entertaining.

A very enjoyable western .

Slow moving western adventure succeeds despite the glacial pace.

Very enjoyable, light, and fun .

) Darby looks a bit older than Steinfeld, more womanly (despite the hat and the shorter hair), and her voice is softer and more feminine -- yet her line readings are paradoxically steelier and more intense.

There was a sequel, "Rooster Cogburn", which amounted to a virtual remake crossed with "The African Queen" down to the casting of Katharine Hepburn in the Kim Darby role and while enjoyable enough it certainly was no classic.

Anyway, it's a very entertaining western that I always enjoy watching.

The film has a simple plot, and it's effective, but the film (just like the 2010 version) is also effective because of it's excellent fast-paced, snappy dialogue and the entire cast.

Edith Atwater ("The Body Snatcher") is a pretentious boarding house landlady.

In short, Henry Hathaway's bare boned 1969 western is a near faultless masterpiece; an exciting, unpredictable and more than substantial film balancing several acts at once as it breathlessly tells a tale that is difficult to find anything less than thoroughly absorbing.

We in the audience knew he had Grit before he came on, Kim Darby was just too slow on the uptake.

An enormously enjoyable film.

maybe so, but whoever said that kid's movies should be dull and tepid.

John Wayne is well supported here by Darby and Duvall, even if the plot is familiar and rambling, film is still entertaining.

Overall, this is an entertaining picture, though the girl was definitely annoying and without enough scenes to soften the character up.

The crux of authenticity in Darby's quite stunning performance runs in tandem with that of her character's predicament; within the film, she is somebody whom must confront and often stand up to certain individuals of a hardened and established ilk, before often coming to have to dominate proceedings in their presence.

True Grit is a peculiar case of a western, perched as it is between the more traditional, heroic mythmaking of the 60's and the revolutionized iconography, intense violence and nihilism of the early 70's.