Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rooster Cogburn 1975

     This film is a sequel to True Grit.  Minister Goodnight and his daughter Eula are working at a small village in the Indian Nation.  Hawk Jordan and his gang of outlaws, really a band of drunken thugs, come to the village.  They kill and attack the Indian people.  They shoot Goodnight when he tries to stop them.  Rooster Cogburn comes to the village on the trail of the thugs.  They have a wagon full of nitro they have stolen and they plan to use it to rob the bank in town.  Despite his protests, Wolf, one of the Indian boys and Eula want to go along with Rooster to trail the thugs.
     The scenery is very beautiful and anyone watching this would also want to go out as a posse against the gang.  They don’t have one redeeming quality!!  They would shoot each other and anyone else in a heartbeat.  The only thing they are careful about is the nitro.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

108 min, Adventure directed by Stuart Millar with John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Jordan, John McIntire, Paul Koslo, Jack Colvin, Jon Lormer, Richard Romancito, Lane Smith, Warren Vanders.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 50% critic 71% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1*, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 439 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Rogue River, Grants Pass, Smith Rock State Park, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon; Universal City, California.  John Wayne tended to argue with everybody, especially the director.  Katharine Hepburn told him at the cast party on the last day of filming that she was glad she didn’t know him when he had two lungs!!

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