TRUE GRIT (1969)

Like I said did you see the movie Leo the professional Luc Besson rewrote true grit and made it an Urban cowboy story there is nothing wrong with that.The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of “justice”, which involves avenging her father’s death. She recruits a tough old marshal, “Rooster” Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has “grit”, and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man. Sally Field was up for the part of Mattie Ross. John Wayne had initially promised the role of Mattie Ross to his daughter Aissa Wayne, but director Henry Hathaway refused to cast her. Mia Farrow, among other well-known actresses, was approached to play Mattie, but she turned it down. Robert Mitchum had told her that Henry Hathaway was impossible to work with. She later said it was one of the biggest professional mistakes of her career. John Wayne had initially promised the role of Mattie Ross to his daughter Aissa Wayne, but director Henry Hathaway refused to cast her. Elvis Presley was considered for the role of La Boeuf, the Texas Ranger. However, “Colonel” Tom Parker, his manager, insisted that Presley should receive top billing. The part was given to Glen Campbell instead. The gang’s cave hideout (beds partially intact), snake pit, and various prop rocks can still be seen on private property outside Ouray, Colorado. Rooster Cogburn wields a Winchester 1892 rifle with a looped lever and a Colt 1873 SAA revolver. Le Bouef carries a Sharps single-shot rifle. Mattie uses a Colt-Walker 1847 “Dragoon” revolver. Chaney uses a Henry rifle. John Wayne was disappointed by the casting of Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, and the two hardly spoke at all off camera. He later said, “Christ, talk about having no chemistry with your leading lady! She was the goddamn lousiest actress I ever worked with.” Stunt double Jim Burk performed the entire scene where Rooster Cogburn charged Ned Pepper’s gang on horseback. John Wayne was only seen briefly in close-up, and he was riding on a trailer, not a horse.

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