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Unfortunately , it also killed Bruce Dern's acting career.. He was "Unforgiven", for killing the Duke in this film.
I recall seeing an interview with Bruce. This happened during the making of The Cowboys. On set Wayne came up to Bruce and said something along the lines of, I feel sorry for you, you gonna kill John Wayne and they’ll hate you for it. Bruce replied, on the contrary they’ll remember me and that will be good.
Bruce was right, his career took off after and got lots of great roles. He was nominated for Oscar’s at least two times and had quite a few very good and financially successful And he’s still making movies! Big Bruce fan since I was kid and seeing the Cowboys, JW as well. Both great actors and Icons.
 
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Rather instead , boith films were extremely faithful to the novel by Charles Portis . The dialogue in both is almost word for word from the book .
The first True Grit totally changed the ending.... The second came much closer. Mattie never married, one armed spinster that ended up owning the town and going and finding this old outlaws and burying him in the family plot.

It's fun reading all the choices... which are pretty much mine.
 
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The first True Grit totally changed the ending.... The second came much closer. Mattie never married, one armed spinster that ended up owning the town and going and finding this old outlaws and burying him in the family plot.

It's fun reading all the choices... which are pretty much mine.

Too true. The book was also more Mattie Ross centric than the 1969 version. I found it amusing when the 2010 version came out people were complaining that Rooster had the patch on the wrong eye when in the book Rooster didn't wear an eye patch at all.

One of the best things with The Cowboys was it wasn't an over the top John Wayne as Wayne movie like many of his movies did become as the decades went on. He wasn't the best and fastest with a gun or the best with his fist or owned half the territory like in McClintock, he was a rancher facing tough times.
 

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A fantastic topic:

The Big Country (1958) - also my favorite Charlton Heston movie. But BURL IVES really killed it in this movie.
For a Few Dollars More (1965) - my favorite of the Eastwood "man with no name" series.
True Grit (2010) - I like it better than the John Wayne version for sure. He was locked into his "Rooster Cogburn" mode already.
Blazing Saddles (1974)

And I really like seeing all the others you recommended. Lots of stuff to rewatch.
 

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Shane, it came out in 1953 and should be required watching for all American boys. It teaches you everything on how to be a man.
 

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RE: Bruce Dern...My fave flick of his is Silent Running, a Sci-Fi film, but still his best acting, along with the little robots.
 

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I'll pick Open range as top on the list closely followed by Old henry and the power of Dogs.
 

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The Cowboys.

Bruce Dern played a super mean villain.
I haven't read the whole thread but have you heard the story about what happened after they shot the scene when Bruce kills John? Bruce and the effects coordinator put the squib in his back without telling him. So when it went off John reacted and went down. After they cut he got up and started chewing out the effects guy and Bruce said it was his idea. John tells him that everyone will hate him for it to which Bruce responds that they will love him in Berkley. John laughed.
 
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