Rooster Cogburn (1975)

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    • Originally posted by Robbie@Feb 10 2006, 05:52 PM
      I thought that this was a prettly flat movie and Dukes worst since 'The Undefeated'. Duke himself said that the story was stale and the script poor bit he though two spirtited performances from him and Hepburn could bring the movie up a notch or two.

      While Duke and Hepburn are excellent as well as the scenary everything else is wrong. Too much time is spent with the bad guys whom pose no threat whatsoever and the finale is quite poor.

      This is a rather boring movie from John Wayne and one that I try to avoid, thankfully he had one good movie left in him after this one a minor little western called 'The Shootist'.


      I think that Robbie's analysis is spot-on, to the point where I'll just echo his comments. The banter between Wayne and Hepburn is memorable and the wilderness scenery is majestic, but the direction is flat and stilted, the script is dull and simplistic, the camerawork is static, and the acting aside from Wayne and Hepburn is largely banal. Thankfully, Wayne would finish on a more engaging note with The Shootist (Don Siegel, 1976).

    • Have to agree with you on this one. Whilst Hepburn and Wayne portrayals are strong with John reprising one of his best characters in Rooster Cogburn the whole movie has the flavour of a TV movie with poor support from the other actors and weak storyline and direction.

      From reading a number of histories of the John Wayne films I think a sequel to True Grit was talked about from 1970 onwards. Its a shame that the opportunity wasnt available to make it happen when John was in better health, with a better script and a more experienced and talented director.

      However , on closing it does have redeeming features and I wouldnt consider it his worst western.

    • Compared with True Grit, Rooster Cogburn fairs pretty badly in my opinion. Theres a lack of urgency in the screenplay, and a stronger director and script was needed in order to make this movie a respectable sequel to 'True Grit'.

      Does anyone know why better directors such as Rydell and Hathaway were not available?


    • Originally posted by DukePilgrim@Aug 14 2006, 03:55 AM
      . . . it does have redeeming features and I wouldnt consider it his worst western.

      I consider the Oregon scenery among the redeeming features, and of course, as others have mentioned, the interaction between Katherine Hepburn and Duke. Too bad they couldn't have been in more movies together.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Vera;

      I agree with You. Most Films are meant to be Fun to Watch, and some Films are meant to be Art. Rooster Cogburn is just Fun to Watch. :D

      How can Anyone Forget Duke as "Rooster Cogburn and and His Lady Hepburn" and the Magic Between Them!!! :rolleyes:

      They must of done Something Right, ;) here we are talking about the Film that was made over 30 Years Ago. :o

      You can go to ROOSTER AND THE LADY For Pictures and Story. :rolleyes:

      Bill :cowboy:
    • Hey Vera and Bill,

      I'm with you guys on this movie as well.

      Most Films are meant to be Fun to Watch, and some Films are meant to be Art.

      Yep, and Duke did both kinds; I enjoy them both, but watch the fun films, like "Rooster Cogburn" the most. This is to me a very good, very entertaining film. I think it's John Wayne at his comedic best.

      By the way, Bill, thanks for all of the links and stories. Very interesting stuff.

    • I thought that this was great and laughed as I read it.

      The only trouble with Rooster Cogburn, Deputy Marchal for the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Arkansas, having criminal jurisdiction over the Indian Nation, was that he had perfect vision: 86--12.

      (The 86 was proof of Bourbon; the 12 was the percentage of Beer.)

      But mind you, this was with one eye. The other, now covered by a black eye patch, was .45 at the time of it's departure.

      (That was the caliber of the handgun that dispatched it to obscurity.)

      But Rooster Cogburn persevered! Since he could see only half as much, he drank twice as much.

      And since he could see only one at a time, he shot twice as many outlaws.

      Rooster, however, put up with these small adversities and concentrated on the bigger things in life--like his belly and badmen.

      He was awsome in both respects. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Duke's Movie Locations- Oregon


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    • Re: Rooster Cogburn (1975)

      Rooster tended to be off on his geography. How did he find all those mountains and canyons in Arkansas and Oklahoma in both "Rooster Cogburn" and "True Grit?" I'm not really complaining - loved the scenery in both movies!
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
    • Re: Rooster Cogburn (1975)

      I hope everyone is enjoying the Film Facts, which have been compiled by Clive Woollands (member chisum2), who has given me permission to copy and paste them from his Yahoo forum. In the next week or two, he will be adding them to the respective movie thread himself, and continuing about every other week.

      Here we go again. I have another film fact for you. If you have
      anything to add to these facts, please do so.

      Rooster Cogburn.

      Producer: Hal B. Wallis. Screenplay: Martin Julien. Cinematographer:
      Harry Stradling Jnr. Art director: Preston Ames. Composer: Laurence
      Rosenthal. Editor: Robert Swink. Costume designers: Edith Head,
      Luster Bayliss. Distribution: Universal Pictures. Location: Oregon,
      USA. Box office takings (US): $8 million. Date of production: 1975.

      Jon Lormer, who plays the Reverend Goodnight, was only a year older than Katherine Hepburn, who played his daughter.

      The name on the screenplay credit is Martin Julien, but that is actually a pseudonym used by producer Hal Wallis's wife, Martha Hyer.

      Rooster's ill-fated deputy in the opening sequence was played by stuntman and actor Richard Farnsworth, but his scenes with Wayne were all cut. Farnsworth went on to find fame in later life as the star on The Straight Story (1999).

      The film was also known as Rooster Cogburn and the Lady, a fact that has led some people to mistakenly believe that there were 3 Cogburn films and not 2.

      During shooting Wayne suffered a cut eyebrow and a black eye after trying to teach his 8-year-old daughter Marisa how to swing a golf club (he didn't step back quickly enough when she tried to swing). Fortunately, the damage was to his left eye and the patch he had to wear as Rooster covered it up nicely.