Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “True Grit (Special Collector’s Edition)”

(Paramount. 1969/2007. 1 Disc. Widescreen. Color. Rated G. Directed by Henry Hathaway.) John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin. Music by Elmer Bernstein.

The Duke’s only Oscar was well-earned for his larger-than-life performance as Rooster Cogburn, hard-drinking, one-eyed US Marshall hired by a teenage girl (Darby) to track down the man who murdered her father and made off with the family savings. Joining the hunt is a Texas Ranger (Campbell) who wants the same man for his own reasons. Clashes between the three provide most of the fun. Enjoyable supporting performances from Slate (who died last November), Duvall, Hopper, and Martin (most famous for uttering the What we have here is failure to communicate line in Cool Hand Luke). Beautiful location shooting in Colorado. Enjoyable score from Bernstein, who was one of Wayne’s favorites. Campbell, Darby, and Slate are heard from on featurettes included with the disc. Wayne reprised his famous character six years later, opposite Katharine Hepburn.