Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • PG
  • Adventure, Drama
  • 1969
  • 128 mins

True Grit

True Grit


A grisled U.S. Marshall (John Wayne) helps a teenage girl track down the man who killed her father in this classic western directed by Henry Hathaway.

Critic's Review

Wayne received an Oscar for this enjoyable western and certainly deserved it for being able to reverse his horse quicker and better than lesser mortals do their four wheeled vehicles. Knowing such ceremonial awards, it was also because he wore an eye patch and was into his early sixties. Importantly, he gives a good performance as the crusty Cogburn, a U.S. Marshall who agrees to find the killer of young Mattie's father. She (Kim Darby) is determined to go with the lawman and bounty hunter La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) and the adventure begins. From then on we're in familiar territory, directed with typical professionalism by Henry Hathaway, until the memorable parting scene leaves not a dry unpatched eye in the house.

In a nutshell: John Wayne well deserved his Oscar for creating the larger-than-life character that is Rooster Cogburn. Emotional and exciting, it's no surprise that this iconic film inspired the Coen brothers' (also exceptional) remake.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Dennis Hooper, Robert Duvall, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate, John Wayne, Kim Darby
  • Director: Henry Hathaway
  • Writer: Marguerite Roberts
  • Producer: Hall B Wallis
  • Photographer: Lucien Ballard

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4


    Katell Quillévéré's family-based drama follows Suzanne, a teenage mother who falls for a gangster

  • Film4

    The Purge

    Ethan Hawke stars in James DeMonaco's drama about a sanctioned night where all crime is legal

  • Film4

    Me and You on Film4

    Premiere of Bernardo Bertoluccis drama about a boy and his half-sister who run away together.

  • Film4

    Philadelphia on Film4

    Denzel Washington and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks star in Jonathan Demme's powerful drama.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    BIFA brings 2015 nominated films to cinemas

    BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event. The

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Film4-backed films receive 41 nominations at the BIFAs

    Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year¿s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director a

Register with

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register