True Grit 50th Anniversary (1969) presented by TCM Movie Poster

Goofs from True Grit 50th Anniversary (1969) presented by TCM

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  • Rooster mentions that he lived for some years in Cairo, Illinois, but he mispronounces the name of the town. The local pronunciation is KAY-row.
  • The white markings on Little Blackie's legs and face change throughout the movie.
  • Some of the paths Mattie, Rooster, and La Boeuf ride down have obviously been formed by automobile tires.
  • After the characters in Fort Smith, Arkansas ride into Indian territory, there are many shots of rocky peaks and snow-covered mountains. There are no such mountains within several hours' automobile drive of Fort Smith. Fort Smith is located in the Arkansas River Valley with the Ozark Mountains to the north and the Ouachita Mountains to the south. Both the Ozarks and the Ouachitas extend into eastern Oklahoma. The Boston Mountains north of town, which are part of the Ozarks, are green, tree-covered mountains. The Winding Stair Mountains in Oklahoma, where much of the action takes place, are in the Ouachitas. They are about 70 highway miles from Fort Smith.
  • La Boeuf puts the serving spoon back in the bowl and picks up his fork. The next shot shows him putting the serving spoon back in the bowl and picking up a piece of chicken.
  • After Rooster and Le Boeuf won't let her on the ferry and Mattie rides her horse across the river, her clothes are perfectly dry. This same error occurs in the 2010 remake.
  • Kim Darby's hairstyle is from the 1960s.
  • During the hanging scene, the song "Amazing Grace" is being sung. The scene switches to some kids on swings, and the line "How sweet the sound" is sung in the middle of another verse, then the song goes back to the verse that was being sung.
  • When Mattie approaches the ferry to join Cogburn and La Boeuf, her shadow indicates the sun's position to the right. Subsequently, all of them are shown from behind, with their shadows indicating the sun's position to the right again.
  • When LaBoeuf and Rooster are discussing the venture at Chen Lee's, Mattie repeatedly changes position between shots.
  • Although the date on Frank Ross's grave indicates he died in 1880, the rifle Cogburn carries is a Winchester Model 1892 saddle carbine.
  • At the cabin, while waiting for Ned Pepper, Rooster tells Mattie he lost his eye in the battle of Lone Jack, Missouri, just outside of Kansas City. Kansas City was not given its present name until 1889. Whilst this is technically true for Kansas City, Kansas (although part of the current city had been known unofficially as Kansas City in the past), Kansas City, Missouri was incorporated in 1853.
  • When Mattie is emerging from her sleeping area when they are close to Lucky Ned Pepper's hideout, it is evident that she is wearing a form of black nylon tights. Not something you would see in the 1870s.
  • When Rooster gives LeBoeuf his jacket to cover up the chimney at the dugout where Moon and Quincy were, Le Boeuf throws the jacket over his horse's saddle and sits on top of the jacket. When he emerges on the other side of the river, the jacket is in front of him over the horn of the horse's saddle.
  • Mattie Ross' gun is a Colt Walker, not a Colt Dragoon as stated by Rooster. (The movie's producers wanted to use the larger Walker to enhance the image of a little girl using such a large gun.)
  • (at around 1 min) The boom mic's shadow is clearly seen on La Boeuf as he sits down by the dinner table after taking off his spurs.
  • When Mattie is riding her horse across the river, the water doesn't appear to be flowing, indicating this sequence was shot in a lake or pond.
  • In the shootout between Rooster and Pepper's gang, the film inverts for a few seconds. Rooster's eye patch moves to the right eye, the bandanna switches sides, and his rifle and pistol change hands.
  • When Rooster hits La Boeuf with his rifle right after Mattie is captured, the rifle bends. It is obviously a rubber gun.
  • When Rooster brings the bodies of the men killed in the shootout at the dugout to Boots Finch, he says that he's looking for Ned Papper. Finch replies, "If you're looking for Little Ned Pepper..." The character's name is "Lucky" Ned Pepper, not "Little".
  • When Mattie is talking to Ned Pepper while he is watching for Rooster and La Boeuf to appear on the "bald ridge to the north", from a higher rock Harold yells "Hey, Ned!" to alert him to their appearance. At that point Mattie and Ned are facing almost the same way, toward the front, and then Mattie swings around to her right to where Harold is, Ned Pepper swings somewhat to his right, but not far. Then the next shot (a somewhat longer shot) shows Mattie and Ned facing each other, with Mattie looking straight left and Ned straight right.
  • When Mattie visits Little Blackie at the corral prior to the purchase, electrical power lines can be clearly seen in the background.
  • When Mattie receives the money from Stonehill, the money is clearly 20th century issued US currency, and it is both smaller in size and much less intricate than the currency issued by the federal government in the years following the US Civil War.
  • When Mattie is at the dinner table with Cogburn and Chen Lee, the leftover food and clutter from the crowded dinner table disappear suddenly without anyone cleaning it.
  • Rooster reports Lucky Ned Pepper had robbed the KATY Flyer, a train that did not start running until 1896, long after the time in which the story is set.
  • At dinner with Mattie & Chen, Rooster angrily tosses his finished plate atop the stew pot and a chunk of bread tumbles off onto the table. Different size chunks of bread reappear and disappear in subsequent shots.
  • When Ned and the gang arrive at the dugout, he and Mexican Bob ride up through the creek cautiously to check it out. From the overhead view, there is just a little area in front of the front door that's shaded, but when it switched to a close up of Ned getting down from his horse, the whole area is shaded.
  • When they are starting out from their camp, Mattie picks up the canteen by the strap and Rooster asks her "where you going with that canteen?". When they switch shots and she answers him that she is going to "wash the sleep from her face of course", the strap is suddenly slung around her shoulder.
  • When Mattie is holding her gun on Tom Chaney after she slid down to the river, there doesn't appear to be any bullets in her gun.
  • When Cheney rushes Mattie, he throws his rifle down and it's laying to the left of her gun bag. When Rooster calls down to her and she says, "Hurry up down here", the rifle is now laying on top of the bag. It's back on the left side of the bag when Ned and Mexican Bob arrive.
  • When Mattie and Ned get back to the camp, Cheney is getting his wounded ribs tended to and sitting with her father's gun in his lap, but when he dragged Mattie away from the river, he only grabbed his rifle and left the gun where she dropped it.
  • When Mattie is talking to Ned while they wait for Rooster to get to the bald ridge, she's telling him how Hayes is dead too, along with the boy that saved his life. Ned answers, "I'm happy he done what he done, but he should have kept his head and looked out for himself. That goes for your good friend Rooster too."; and while he's talking, you can see Mattie's eyes glance away 2 or 3 times as if checking her cue cards for her next lines.
  • When Mattie throws hot water on Chaney and runs, he gives chase. Seen from behind, she's under or almost under the roof of the little corral as he's coming up. Then, when they switch shots to showing it from the front, they are farther back.
  • When Chaney is waiting for the ranger and Mattie to return from watching Rooster and Ned's gang shoot it out, he picks up a rock and uses it on the ranger. One wonders why he didn't just recover the rifle that had been tossed aside earlier.
  • When Little Blackie finally falls from being rode too hard, they are on an upgrade in a mountainous area with several trees all around. Rooster picks Mattie up and begins carrying her off. He then pauses after a few steps as if deciding which way to go and continues on. Next shot is a long one zooming back from them, and the whole area has changed to a more level sagebrush-filled expanse with no trees around.
  • When Mattie and Rooster are looking for a place to set up the ambush on their side, she wants to get her revolver and he says "What for? So you can shoot off your foot?" He then stops her by grabbing the back of her jacket, then leading her off holding her in front of him. Next they are still walking, but he's no longer holding her jacket, and they have switched positions with him in front and her following him.
  • When Rooster picks up Mattie's pistol in the snake pit, he puts it in his belt with his right hand, leaving the butt of the pistol to his right. In following shots, the butt of the pistol is to the left.
  • When Rooster's horse is shot while underneath him, the stuntman that falls with the horse uses the reigns to intentionally keep the horse from getting back up, making it appear that he's trapped.
  • The mountains where the movie was filmed were too high to be the Oklahoma and Arkansas areas where the narrative is set. The mountains in those areas top out in the 2-3 thousand foot range. The LOWEST mountains in the film often visibly exceed that height range.
  • Several of the types of pine trees shown in the film only exist in the American West. This is especially noticeable when White Bark Pines are shown. This species are only known to exist in the Western US and Northern Mexico.
  • When the defense lawyer begins to read the statement, he holds the paper with both hands. In the next shot, he only holds it in his right hand.
  • Position of Rooster's right arm on the table while playing cards and talking with Mattie.
  • When Mattie goes to wake up Rooster at 10 am, his right hand rests by his head. It then cuts to a different angle, and his right arm is alongside his torso.
  • At the end of the movie when Mattie and Rooster are at the graveyard, Rooster is holding the reins of his horse and attempts to loop the reins over the picket fence, but they fall off. Subsequently the reins are looped around the top of the fence.
  • When La Boeuf shoots at the turkey, there is no detectable recoil from his "big bore" sharps carbine.
  • On the trail, Rooster finishes off his bottle of booze and falls off his horse. After the fall onto the ground, he is still holding the bottle, but with a little less than half of the booze remaining in it.
  • When Mattie's revolver is pointed toward the camera, you can clearly see the chambers are empty and cannot be fired.
  • Campbell carried a Sharps Carbine with a short barrel, whereas the Sharps buffalo rifle has a long barrel.
  • Glen Campbell's character, "La Boeuf," carries a Hollywood-esque French surname. "Boeuf" is a French world roughly translated as "beef," more accurately translated as a castrated steer. It's undoubtedly male. French nouns are either masculine or feminine in gender, and the articles and adjectives appended to such nouns must match the gender of the noun. "La Boeuf" is not true French; should this name ever show up in the French language, it would be written as "Le Boeuf."
  • At various times in the film, the boarding house in Fort Smith is referred to as the Mornock, the Bordock, and the Monarch, which is the name given in the original book and script.


  • When Rooster and Mattie are trying to get out of the snake hole, Rooster goes to pick up Mattie's father's gun. In that shot, his gun belt is suddenly missing.
  • In the snake pit, Rooster ties the rope around his waist. Mattie asks him to get her father's gun and when he turns to grab it, the rope is gone. When he turns around to pick up Mattie, the rope is back around his waist.
  • After he kills Frank Ross, Chaney kneels by the body to steal the money. Then Frank's head is on Chaney's left-hand side. In the next shot, Frank's head appears on the opposite side.
  • After La Boeuf succumbs to his head injury and falls off his horse, Rooster turns him over to look at his face. La Boeuf rolls over with his feet crossed. As Rooster and Mattie are riding off and look back at him, his feet are now splayed out.
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