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Rooster Cogburn Details


John Wayne returned to the role that won him an Oscar in this sequel to the western classic True Grit. Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) has once again been stripped of his badge after some questionable behavior with his gun, but he's given the chance to earn it back after an especially appalling crime demands an experienced lawman. A gang of violent and ruthless criminals, led by Hawk (Richard Jordan) and Breed (Anthony Zerbe), have stolen a shipment of explosive nitroglycerine and cut a swath through a village led by a preacher and his flock. The preacher died, along with many others, and his daughter, Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn), is determined that the outlaws will be brought to justice. Cogburn is given the task of tracking down the criminals, but he's less than enthusiastic about the fact Goodnight insists on tagging along. Rooster Cogburn marked the first (and last) time John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn would work together on screen; it was also the final film from noted producer Hal Wallis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 1975


John Wayne
as Rooster Cogburn
Katharine Hepburn
as Eula Goodnight
Anthony Zerbe
as Breed
Richard Jordan
as Hawk
John McIntire
as Judge Isaac C. Parker
Strother Martin
as McCoy
Gary McLarty
as Member of Hawk's Gang
Richard Romancito
as Wolf
Jon Lormer
as Rev. Goodnight
Chuck Roberson
as Stunts
Lane Smith
as Leroy
Jack Colvin
as Red
Richard Riehle
Paul Koslo
as Luke
Warren Vanders
as Bagby
Mickey Gilbert
as Hambone
Richard Farnsworth
as Rooster's deputy


Hal B. Wallis
Martha Hyer
Charles Portis
Book Author
Martin Julien
Harry Stradling, Jr.
Laurence Rosenthal
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Swink
George R. Nelson
Set Designer
Luster Bayless
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Jack McMasters
Special Effects
Pepi Lenzi
First Assistant Director