Kerry H. (haasker) from OREGON CITY, OR Reviewed on 6/9/2015...
Wayne. Hepburn. What more can you say? Wonderful pairing, wonderful story. Great location. I've come to appreciate Wayne's talents now that I'm older, and I'm really enjoying going back and watching his later movies, which I would not have taken a 2nd look at when I was younger. Hepburn was amazing. If you haven't seen "Rooster Cogburn", take your first opportunity to own it.
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SHIRLEY A. (chelseamom) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN Reviewed on 6/25/2010...
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Fran L. (Last1over) from CHATTANOOGA, TN Reviewed on 9/15/2009...
I love this old movie. This pair of cantankerous old goats is great. A lot of fun to watch and see some of the great old actors/actresses at their best.
Aimee M. (AimeeM) Reviewed on 2/6/2008...
I LOVE this movie! Wayne and Hepburn's personalities are well suited to bounce off of each other. The romantic plot is similar to "The African Queen" but is meant to be a sequel to the movie "True Grit."
A sequel that defies conventional wisdom
Chrijeff | Scranton, PA | 02/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I actually prefer this movie to the first appearance of Wayne as Cogburn, "True Grit," even though he got the Oscar for that while this one seems to have sunk with hardly a critical trace. A sort of Western remake of "The African Queen" (complete with Katie Hepburn as a strait-laced spinster), with murderous outlaws taking the place of the Nazis, it finds Rooster unwillingly joining up with missionary's daughter Eula Goodnight ("Sister," as he calls her) to catch her father's murderers, who happen to be the same gang of ordnance-hijackers he was sent out from Fort Smith to apprehend. Though played much more for laughs than its predecessor (here, as in "McLintock" and "Donovan's Reef," Wayne clearly displays an unmistakeable gift for comedy), it's not without either headlong action, taut suspense, or sexual tension. Admittedly I'm not sure there are any river gorges like these in the *real* (former) Indian Territory, but who cares when the scenery is so breathtaking? And there's a definite advantage to starting a script from scratch rather than trying to translate Charles Portis's probably-authentic but somehow not-quite-flavorful-enough dialogue to film. While I never bothered to add "True Grit" to my permanent collection, this sequel is definitely a part of it."
John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn stand toe to toe
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes a multitude of wrongs can come out right. Hollywood has a penchant for making sequels to successful films, so when John Wayne finally won an Oscar for his performance in "True Grit." Wayne played Rooster Cogburn, a fearless, one-eyed U.S. marshal who never knew a dry day in his life. Fortunately Hollywood waited six years before making this 1975 sequel. However, at that point they not only hired a novice screenwriter, actress Martha Hyer ("First Men in the Moon"), they let her rip off "The African Queen" and turn it into a western. Fortunately, they hired Katharine Hepburn to play opposite the Duke.That is what "Rooster Cogburn" comes down to, the chance for John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn to do scenes together; it also explains why the film is also known as "Rooster Cogburn and the Lady." Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, no, wait, I mean Eula Goodnight, who is the daughter of a minister (Jon Lormer) instead of the brother of a missionary. The gospel is still being brought to the natives, except this time we are set in the Cascades of Oregon rather than the jungles of Africa. The bad guys are now a gang of thieves led by Breed (Anthony Zerbe) and Hawk (Richard Jordan), instead of Nazis, and this time they gun down the minister. So when Rooster comes along to track them down and bring them to his brand of justice, Eula insists on going along.The plot is predictable in terms of the outcome and familiar when Kate and the Duke end up on the water. But there is fun to be had in these two standing toe to toe, but not jaw to jaw, and going at it. "To whom do you think you are speaking," she intones frostily. "You is to whom I think I am speaking, sister," he shoots back. She allows that he is bigger than she is, but only physically. He observes in this situation that should be enough and they continue to have great fun with the dialogue. Wayne has great fun hamming it up and Hepburn enjoys having an actor big enough to stand up to her assault.The stories from the set were that the two great stars had great fun making this movie. Their politics were at opposite ends of the spectrum so they just avoid the topics and enjoyed being in each other's company. Wayne was playing a character he had done before in a movie, but then Hepburn's character is instantly recognizable as well, even if the name is different. The names do not matter. They can call them "Rooster Cogburn and the Lady," but it is the Duke and Kate, and their fans will not be disappointed by their time together."
Funny western as well as a action-packed one
Johnathan Bogart | Boise, ID United States | 11/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Rooster Cogburn" is one of the best westerns ever made. It has a lot of funny parts, and a lot of action. However, Maltin says that this is a dull western. He's wrong. If he'd only concentrated on the movie. Well, wether he thinks this is a bad movie or not, I HIGHLY reccomend this to any Wayne fan."
Bad Video Transfer
willyd1968 | Iowa | 05/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have long liked this film and had it on VHS and wanted the DVD.
One would think that the second DVD release would be of a better quality than this one is. Whatever equipment was used to transfer the film to DVD was not good. There scenes in the movie that go in and out of focus, and the entire film has a grainy look. I wish I had waited until a better copy was released."
J.C. | D.C. | 09/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rooster Cogburn is the absolute best western ever made. I personally think it is Wayne's greatest work. It moves along much more quickly than its predecessor, True Grit, and I have found Rooster to be a movie I can watch over and over again.Storyline is incredible, and the scenery is magnificent. I do agree, however, that mature audiences will like it better... But the "official" reviewer above is clearly one of those who is not a Wayne fan. Watch the film for yourself, you will NOT be disappointed!!!"