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Catch the 50th anniversary of ‘True Grit’


If you missed the screening on Sunday of "True Grit," Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis' novel, you're in luck. The film, which stars John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell and Robert Duvall, will play twice on Wednesday.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the film will screen at noon and 7 p.m. at two area Regal Cinemas theaters: Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

This is the original version of Portis' novel, not the 2010 version adapted by the Coen Brothers. It's also the one that earned Wayne his one and only Best Actor Oscar.

Here's what the late Roger Ebert had to say about Hathaway's film: "It is one of the most delightful, joyous scary movies of all time. It goes on the list with 'National Velvet' and 'Robin Hood' and 'The African Queen' and 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' and 'Gunga Din.' It is not a work of art, but it wouldn't be nearly as good if it were. Instead, it is the Western you should see if you only see one Western every three years (an act of denial I cannot quite comprehend in any case)."

Sometimes it's hard to argue with Ebert. This is one of those times.

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