Rooster Cogburn (film)
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|Directed by||Stuart Millar|
|Produced by||Paul Nathan
Hal B. Wallis
|Written by||Martha Hyer
Charles Portis (character)
|Music by||Laurence Rosenthal|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
|Editing by||Robert Swink|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Rooster Cogburn, originally promoted as Rooster Cogburn (... and the Lady), is a 1975 film sequel to the 1969 Western film True Grit. The film stars John Wayne, in his penultimate film, who reprises his role as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Katharine Hepburn co-stars as spinster Eula Goodnight, who teams up with Rooster to recover a stolen shipment of nitroglycerin and find her father's killer.
Because of his drunkenness and questionable use of firearms, aging U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn has been stripped of his badge. But he's given a chance to redeem himself after a village in Indian Territory is overrun by a gang of violent, ruthless criminals, who've killed an elderly preacher, Rev. George Goodnight. His spinster daughter, Eula Goodnight, wants to track the criminals down and makes Rooster an unwilling partner. But Rooster must use care, because the criminals, led by Hawk and Breed, have stolen a shipment of nitroglycerine.
- 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
- Jack Colvin as Red
- Jon Lormer as Rev. George Goodnight
- Lane Smith as Leroy
- Warren Vanders as Bagby
- Jerry Gatlin as Nose
The screenplay was written by actress Martha Hyer, the wife of producer Hal B. Wallis, under the pen name "Martin Julien". Director Stuart Millar, a longtime Hollywood producer, had directed only one film, When the Legends Die, prior to helming Rooster Cogburn.
The film was shot in Oregon, in Deschutes County, west of the city of Bend (for the mountain scenes), on the Deschutes River for the whitewater rapids, and on the Rogue River in the counties of Josephine and Curry, west of Grants Pass (for the river scenes). Smith Rock State Park was a setting as well; the Rockhard/Smith Rock Climbing Guides building at the park entrance was originally built as a set for the movie, where it was portrayed as "Kate's Saloon".
John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn were born a mere two weeks apart (Hepburn being the eldest), and their careers paralleled each other, yet Rooster Cogburn marked the only time the Hollywood veterans appeared together in a film. It was the final film from producer Hal B. Wallis. Although it was promoted as Rooster Cogburn (...and the Lady), the opening credits of the film give the title as simply Rooster Cogburn.
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