"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Friday, December 9, 2016

John Wayne Blogathon: True Grit (1969)

Hello Everybody!
Today starts Hamlette's and Quggiy's John Wayne Blogathon!
Hosted by Midnite Drive-In and Hamlette's Soliloquy.
So today I am going to review True Grit (like the button I chose?)!

True Grit (1969):

"They tell me you're a man with true grit."
When Mattie Ross's father was shot by a drunk worker, Tom Chaney for no reason, she sets out to find "Rooster" Cogburn to hire him to help her hunt Chaney down and get her revenge.  The trio of Mattie Ross, "Rooster" Cogburn, and La Beouf, a Texas ranger, set out to find Chaney and "Lucky" Ned Pepper, on an adventure of true grit.

Genre: Western
Costumes: 7, some of them are kind of dirty, but I like this one, it then is that red-pink color:

Script: 5, There are some bad words.
"He's a good guesser, I guess."
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
Based on: True Grit by Charles Portis, a 1968 novel, they got this one into a movie quickly!
John Wayne as "Rooster" Cogburn
Kim Darby as Mattie Ross "I'm partial to cold buttermilk."
Glen Cambell as La Beouf
Robert Duvall as Ned Pepper
Jeff Corey as Tom Chaney
Music: 7, The theme song gets you into the spirit of it!
Music by: Elmer Bernstein

Quotes: 8,
"Wash first!"
"Don't you wash before you eat?"
"I'm not going to eat his hand."
Landscape: 9, Really lovely!
Storyline: 6, The storyline is an okay one, but there is violence, revenge, and disturbing images, because it is testing your "grit" and, oh boy! They do have some grit, especially for a fourteen year old girl, I wouldn't be able to! They-other movie people-rate it G, but I think it is more PG-13.

Notes: Pretty strong person to pull up sage brush. I think that the movie, Rooster Cogburn is the sequel. Check out Ekaterina's review for that here.
"What do you think?"
"I don't think you want to know what I think."
Overall Score: 7!

Be sure to go check out Hamlette's Soliloquy and Midnite Drive-In for a list of more John Wayne movie reviews!!!

Thank you so much Hamlette and Quiggy!
Thank you so much for reading everyone!



  1. I'm actually rereading True Grit (the novel) right now, and loving it a ton, so it was fun reading your review. I'm going to be heretical right now and admit that I actually prefer the more recent version of this movie to John Wayne's :-o He may be my favorite actor, but this is not my favorite movie of his. Still, it has some really fun stuff, and he has some charming moments.

    1. Oh how fun! I didn't know that until I watched the movie today and it said it in the credits! Going on my to-read list...
      I don't think I could imagine a different Mattie Ross, but it would be fun to see the 2010 version for everything else! Surprisingly enough, I really haven't seen too many John Wayne movies, only about 10, so this has been really fun! Thank you so much for this!!!

    2. That's one of my favorite things about blogathons -- how they introduce me to movies I didn't know much/anything about. My TBW list gets longer and longer, but that's okay :-) We all need goals, right?

  2. Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) is the most annoying little brat to ever come across the screen. I'm with La Bouef in thinking she needs a few good swats on the rear. Don't ask me how I can put up with the same character as played by Hailee Steinfeld in the remake... (Maybe because we were both born on December 11th...) Good review.

    1. She is annoying, but I don't think I could imagine a different annoying. That doesn't make sense, but yeah. How cool that you and Hailee Steinfeld were born on the same day! Thank you for hosting this!!! It is super fun!!!

    2. Actually, that's the whole reason I don't like this version either -- Kim Darby is too whiny and annoying. I never bothered to read the book, because I thought Mattie Ross was written that way. Hailee Stenfeld's Mattie Ross is much more like the character in the book -- she's bold and forward and too big for her britches, but at the same time, she is capable and efficient, and not whiny. It's not her fault she's still only fourteen and no one takes her seriously.

    3. Now I'll really will have to see the 2010. I always like the version better that is closer to the book! Which reminds me to read the book first. Oh, well. Soon enough I'll be able to tell which one I like better. Hopefully soon...

  3. My favourite novel and film which I first saw and read at the age of 13. I was a big fan of westerns, but Mattie Ross was the first screen heroine of my age that I could appreciate. Such a strong character with a wonderful script.

    1. She really is a wonderful character! I can't wait to get to know her better! Thanks for commenting!

  4. I really like this film. I do think the most recent film version by the Cohen Bros. is truer to the novel, but as a film it can't hold a candle to the John Wayne version. You've made me want to see it again.

    1. John Wayne makes a real show of "grit"! I'm glad I made you want to watch it again!


To comment, or not to comment? That is the question. Whatever you decide, I would love to hear from you!! I am always open to suggestions, advice, and any other comments! Even if you don't agree with me, I would love to hear from you as long as you keep the comment respectful and on subject. And, please, no swearing. I love comments on old posts!!
My computer won't let me leave comments, so it might take a few days, but I will reply!

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles