The 1969 western classic “True Grit,” starring Kim Darby and John Wayne, the first film adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel of the same name, will play at Bainbridge Cinemas as part of a special anniversary revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.
Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in the film, and reprised the character for the 1975 sequel “Rooster Cogburn,” which was less successful.
The cast also features Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Corey, and Strother Martin. The title song, sung by Campbell, was also Oscar-nominated.
Cogburn, a drunken, uncouth and totally fearless one-eyed U.S. Marshal, is hired by a headstrong young girl to find the man who murdered her father. When Cogburn’s pint-sized tyrant of an employer insists on accompanying the older gunfighter on the quest, tempers flare and sparks start to fly.
The situation then goes from troubled to disastrous when an inexperienced but enthusiastic Texas Ranger joins the party, set on sharing in the spoils.
Tickets, $12.50 each, are available now. Visit www.farawayentertainment.com to learn more.
Portis, author of the source novel, is famously press-averse. He has been described as “one of the most inventively comic writers of Western fiction.” His other novels include “Norwood,” “The Dog of the South,” “Masters of Atlantis,” and “Gringos.”