True Grit (1969)

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A prim young woman enlists the aid of a crotchety old U.S. Marshal to track down the outlaw who killed her father.

This characterful western from the old school has had a lot of plaudits, but to me it’s not much different from many other of Wayne’s outings. John Wayne plays John Wayne – yet again – and if you don’t cotton to him this sure as spit ain’t gonna change yer mind. The story is simple but the amusing bickering between Wayne and the hard-headed Kim Darby makes for some fun scenes, as does some great cameos from Strother Martin, Dennis Hopper and Robert Duvall.

It seems a little overlong for what it is, Glen Campbell’s character being a little irrelevant and everything after the great showdown seems rather superfluous but it’s a good, solid old fashioned western that won’t disappoint fans of The Duke.

6/10

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