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America's dark movie heroes past and present

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The virtuous icon John Wayne in his Oscar-winning role as a cantankerous marshal Rooster Cogburn who helps a young girl hunt down her father’s murderer. The 1969 version of ‘True Grit,’ starring Wayne differs in style and tone from this year’s version. Wayne is a big, ornery galoot who hides his sentimentality under a carapace of bravado.


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