Rooster Cogburn Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Jordan, Anthony Zerbe, Strother Martin

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This is the second film of two, the first being True Grit, starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell and Robert Duvall. John Wayne plays the character that won him an Oscar after 50 years of film making.
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John Wayne has used excessive force, according to Judge Parker, and has to turn in his marshal's badge and retire to his room back of Chin Lee's General Store with his confiscated moonshine to swill and his cat, General Sterling Price. He is feeling sorry for himself for a few days when Judge Parker comes to visit and plead with him to take his badge back and go after Hawk, the outlaw, and his gang, (his old friend, Breed, is running with the gang) and Hawk has been in Cogburn's sights for a long time.

Rooster is finally persuaded to go after the gang, which has ambushed a cavalry patrol and stolen nitro glycerine, which they are going to use to blow up a bank in the territory. Rooster plays hard to get until Judge Parker offers a raise in pay and full restoration to his marshal's job if he brings in Hawk and recovers the nitro. So, off he goes, but when he gets to Fort Ruby, where Hawk and his cutthroats have already been, tormenting the Indians there and murdering Miss Eulah Goodnight's (Kate Hepburn) father, the Rev. Goodnight and a young brave's father.

Cogburn comes upon the burned tee pees, and wreckage, and finds Miss Eulah and Wolf holding a funeral service for their slain fathers. Cogburn tells them that they have to pack up and go with him to a safer place. But Miss Eulah is a strong-willed person who refuses his orders until he threatens "brute force." Although she submits to his will initially, she threatens him that he will be sorry that he bullied her. She makes good her promise, refuses to go to the local trading post, borrows a Winchester carbine and her and Wolf go galloping after Marshall Cogburn, who is riding on after the robbers, thinking that he will be alone since he works best alone.

On the trail of the outlaws, and at a point where they are the prey rather than the pursuers, Miss Eulah and Wolf prove their worth to the marshal.
The review of this Movie prepared by kerry bulls

Based on the character already appearing in Henry Hathaway's "True Grit", ROOSTER COGBURN is a western directed by Stuart Millar in 1975.

Marshall Rooster Cogburn is asked to find the outlaws who have stolen a waggon full of nitroglycerin from the army. Katharine Hepburn, a hard-edged teacher whose father has been murdered by the outlaws, will follow Rooster and share the dangers of this mission.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, the hero of the 1969 hit "True Grit," returned in this much weaker but okay 1975 sequel. Cogburn has been stripped of his badge for killing too many prisoners while bringing them to justice. He hears an old riding partner named Hawk (Jordan) and his gang stole a load of nitroglycerin and killed the feds who were guarding it, and Rooster gets the job of tracking him down. Meanwhile, Hawk and the boys have shot up, raped, and killed most of a village in the Indian Nation, including the Reverend George Goodnight. His daughter Eula (Hepburn) vows to track the killers down, so she teams up with Cogburn. The chemistry between the stars is pleasing, Jordan makes an excellent villain, and the Rogue and Deschutes River valleys of Oregon (where the film was shot) make the Oklahoma Territory badlands look a lot more beautiful than they probably are.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Rooster Cogburn

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 33.3%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 43.3% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   river

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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