Set against the rustic backdrop of the Wild West in 1880, in Dardanelle, Yell County, this adventure is revenge drama follows the tragic events that unfold as the farmer Frank Ross heads with his employee Tom Chaney to Fort Smith to buy some ponies. However, he is murdered by Chaney that steals his money and flees to the Indian Territory.
Frank's teenager daughter and book keeper of the family business Mattie Ross travels with one employee to bring the body of her father back home. Before meeting the undertaker, they see the hanging of three men sentenced by the tough Judge Parker. The stubborn Mattie seeks out the sheriff that tells her that he does not have authority in the Indian Nation.
She asks who the best Marshall is and the sheriff recommends Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, an old big fellow with eye pad that has grit to bring criminals from the Indian Territory. Mattie hires the drunken Rooster and when they are ready to depart, the Texas Ranger La Boeuf visits Rooster and tells that there is a huge reward for Tom Chaney in Texas for the murder of a senator.
La Boeuf joins Rooster and Mattie and the unlikely trio begins their dangerous journey seeking out Tom Chaney in the Indian Territory...
Did you know?
John Wayne had two competitors for the Oscar for Best Actor in 1970: Richard Burton, who was nominated for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) portraying England's King Henry VIII, a role that had already won an Oscar for Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933); and Peter O'Toole, nominated for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), a role that had already won an Oscar for Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). This year marked the first time in Oscar history that an actor was nominated for a role for which another actor had already won an Oscar. Wayne's successor in the Rooster Cogburn role, Jeff Bridges, would also be nominated for Best Actor for his Cogburn portrayal. Bridges actually won his Oscar for Crazy Heart (2009), the year previously, and which featured Robert Duvall, who also appeared in this film. Duvall would also go on to appear in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), in which Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro would both win an Oscar for playing Vito Corleone. Read More