The 60's

True Grit [1969]

I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood movies, but John Wayne was the real deal when it came to western flicks. “True Grit” was the only movie that won the duke an oscar, and it was a well deserved win. He plays a hard nosed and totally fearless one-eyed U.S marshal called Rooster Cogburn who is hired by a headstrong young girl to find the man who murdered her father and fled with the family’s money. Things get complicated when both the girl and an inexperienced Texas ranger decide to join the party. “True Grit” was regarded as one of the best western movies of the 60’s; it’s certainly a lot of fun to watch, with John Wayne in top form as usual (though he had a cancerous left lung removed a few years earlier but still looked great here). The Coen brothers decided that it was finally time to remake this classic film by casting Jeff Bridges in the role Rooster Cogburn. I had my doubts at first, but I hear the movie succeeds in paying tribute to the 1969 movie. Fingers crossed.

Rating: 3/4

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