Wednesday, February 9, 2011

True Grit, 1969 (Grade D)

Director: Henry Hathaway
Any Awards? Academy Award for Best Actor & for music
Cast: John Wayne; Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate; Robert Duvall; Kim Darby

plot: down in the heels lawman, Reuben 'Rooster' Cogburn (John Wayne) reluctantly helps teenage girl Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) pursue her father's killer. 

sez says: I may have to stand alone in the world on this--but I think John Wanye was a terrible actor...and that this was a pathetic movie. He got an award for this just because he was never given an award (you generally don't get them when you are a hack)  but he had been around a long time and I guess they all felt sorry for him. Plus, here, he plays a bit of a drunk--who can still handle a gun.  The only actor in this movie worth beans is Duvall. Go see the Coen's version of this same story and you'll see immediately it is not the fault of the story--it is the interpretation--a John Wayne interpretation-- that is the drag.

mjc says: if this is John Waye's best then he is worse than I thought and Kim Darcy, wearing 1960's style clothes just didn't cut it

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