Rooster Cogburn | 1975 | John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn

John Wayne reprises his role as Federal Marshal ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, for which he won his sole Oscar in True Grit, six years earlier. This time, the rambunctious, one-eyed lawman finds himself in pursuit of a gang of outlaws who’ve made off with a consignment of nitro-glycerine. As they flee, the violent criminals stumble across a village in Indian Territory, where they rape the women and murder most of the inhabitants.

Bible-bashing spinster Eula Goodnight (Katherine Hepburn) survives the massacre and insists on Cogburn taking her along to avenge her father’s killing. Despite the grim start to the adventure, Stuart Miller’s light-hearted Western is shot through with humour and is especially noted for the sparky exchanges between the two lead stars.

John Wayne as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn
Katharine Hepburn as Eula Goodnight
Anthony Zerbe as Breed
Richard Jordan as Hawk
John McIntire as Judge Parker
Richard Romancito as Wolf
Paul Koslo as Luke
Strother Martin as Shanghai McCoy
Jon Lormer as Rev. George Goodnight
Jack Colvin as Red
Lane Smith as Leroy
Warren Vanders as Bagby
Jerry Gatlin as Nose
Andrew Prine as Fiona’s Husband
Tommy Lee as Chen Lee

Director: Stuart Millar
Script: Charles Portis, Martha Hyer

USA | 108 minutes | 1975


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