True Grit

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell  

Summary - A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Cautions - Western violence (more than the official G rating indicates)

Commentary - True Grit is not a work of art, but it wouldn't be nearly as good if it were. Instead, it is the Western you should see if you only see one Western every few years. It's truly a classic.

Kim Darby is refreshingly original. If at times she seems restrained, she sticks relentlessly to the strong character of Mattie. Campbell, less successful as an actor than as a singer-performer, still holds his own as a foil for Wayne. But it’s mostly Wayne all the way. He towers over everything in the film – actors, script [from Charles Portis’ novel], even the magnificent Colorado mountains. He rides tall in the saddle in this character role of ‘the fat old man.’


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