Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn

Today marks the 45th anniversary of True Grit. But just because the original is the one regarded most fondly doesn’t mean there aren’t other True Grits out there. The franchise is actually bigger than you’d think — with a novel and four films, True Grit has as much franchise moxie as Jaws does (sadly, what True Grit lacks is a theme park ride where an animatronic John Wayne heaves himself against your boat, causing a Universal Studios tour guide to blast him with a grenade launcher). Yes, once you include the sequel Rooster Cogburn, the Coen Brothers‘ remake, and the forgotten-by-society TV movie True Grit: A Further Adventure, we’ve got four True Grit movies on our hands. And with so many, we’ve also got numerous Rooster Cogburns: John Wayne in the original ’69 True Grit and its ’75 follow-up Warren Oates in A Further Adventure Jeff Bridges in the only 21st Century True Grit. But which Cogburn is best? Which is the shaggiest, the paunchiest, the most likely to go on a drunken tirade and draw a pistol on small animals? The only way to find out is to compare our Roosters, using four distinct categories: Looks, Gunplay, Morals, and Acting Ability Of The Rooster Portrayer. Switch your eye patch to the other eye, and let’s begin.

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