The 1969 version of the movie True Grit will be screened at the Springfield Free Public Library, beginning at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 18, in the library’s Palmer Museum as part of the library’s ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the library at its current location.
Because of the movie’s 2 hour and 12 minute running time, the screening has been scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM rather than the library’s customary movie start time of 7:00 PM.
Starring John Wayne in his only Oscar winning role along with Kim Darby and Glen Campbell, True Grit is based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Charles Partis. Also featuring Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper in smaller roles, the movie tells the story of a girl named Mattie (Darby) who hires aging U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) to track down and apprehend the man responsible for killing her father. Prior to the casting of Darby in the role of Mattie, other performers who had been considered for this part include Mia Farrow, Sondra Locke, Tuesday Weld, Karen Carpenter, and Sally Field. Elvis Presley was the original choice for the role of La Boeuf that ultimately went to Glen Campbell only after Presley refused to reconsider his demand for top billing above John Wayne and Kim Darby.