10+ Best Rooster Cogburn Quotes For All Western Movie Fans

Rooster Cogburn, played by John Wayne, is a former U.S. Marshal bent on getting back his law badge.
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The movie stars the legendary John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn as the main leads.

'Rooster Cogburn' is written by Martha Hyer. It is based on the famous Rooster Cogburn, a character created by Charles McColl Portis in 1968 via the epic Western novel 'True Grit'.

The film's story is about an aging one-eyed law officer whose badge was recently suspended for a string of routine arrests that resulted in bloodshed. The men who cross his path are killed by Reuben with a gun. To earn back his badge, he's tasked with bringing down a bunch of bandits that have hijacked a cargo full of Nitroglycerin. He is helped by a spinster, Eula Goodnight, who is sorting out her father's killer. It is the sequel of the 1969 film 'True Grit'.

The screenplay was written by actress Martha Hyer, the producer Hal B. Wallis's spouse, under the nom de guerre Martin Julien. Director Stuart Millar, an old Hollywood producer, had directed just one film, 'When Legends Die', from the classic novel by Hal Borland, before helming 'Rooster Cogburn'. Horse and rat pets were used during the filming of this movie. The horse, as well as rat pets, were trained perfectly so as to film them.

The film was shot in Oregon in time of the year 1974, in Deschutes County west of Bend, Oregon (for the mountain scenes), on the Deschutes watercourse for the whitewater rapids, and on the varlet watercourse within the counties of Josephine County, Oregon, and Curry County, Oregon, west of Grants Pass, Oregon (for the watercourse scenes). The Rockhard/Smith hiking Guides building at the park entrance was initially engineered as a set for the picture show, wherever it was depicted as Kate's Saloon.

John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn were each born in May 1907 (Hepburn the elder by 2 weeks), and their careers paralleled one another; nonetheless, this marked the sole time the Hollywood veterans appeared alongside each other in a film. Vincent Canby from the New York Times concluded that the film was "a cheerful, throwaway Western, including 2 stars of the grand tradition who respond to each other with a verve that makes the years disappear." Some of the best quotes from the movie 'Rooster Cogburn' are: "I always go backwards when I'm backing up.", "Looking back is a bad habit.", "A gun that's unloaded and cocked ain't good for nothing.", "Well, come see a fat old man some time." and "Never shot nobody I didn't have to."

The film left us with tons of best 'Rooster Cogburn' movie quotes to kill for, for all the western movie fans across the ages. So, read on for some more incredible 'Rooster Cogburn' quotes. If you like these 'Rooster Cogburn' quotes, you should also read our 'The Good The Bad and The Ugly' quotes and John Wayne quotes.

'True Grit' Rooster Cogburn Quotes

In the film, Rooster Cogburn is sent chasing after a gang of bandits with precious cargo.

These are 'True Grit' quotes of Rooster Cogburn from the 1968 novel 'True Grit'. Take a look at these 'True Grit' quotes below.

1. "I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which'll it be? I'm a foolish old man who's been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trousers and a nincompoop. Mr. LaBoeuf, he can wonder the Choctaw Nation for as long as he likes."

- Rooster Cogburn, 'True Grit'.

2. "They don't call him 'Lucky' Ned Pepper for nothing. Them that I did know, I never liked. They're too nervous and spooky; they scare me. But you're one high-bred filly that don't. 'Course, I don't know what you're talking about half the time."

- Rooster Cogburn, 'True Grit'.

3. "Rooster Cogburn: We'll sleep here and follow in the mornin'.

Mattie Ross: But we promised to bury the poor old man inside.

Rooster Cogburn: Ground's too hard. If some men wanted a decent burial, they should have gotten themselves killed in summer. You, sister, may go where you like. Our engagement is terminated. I bow out."

- 'True Grit'.

4. "Mattie Ross: Do you need a good lawyer?

Ned Pepper: Not a lawyer! I need a good judge! I ain't got an ounce of goodwill in me, and that's a fact. I hate everybody. I'm a cantankerous old man, and I know it. I like myself better'n anyone I ever met, that's how come I took this job; to be alone with me."

- 'True Grit'.

5. "Mattie Ross: He is gettin' away.

   Rooster Cogburn: Who's gettin' away, sister?

   Mattie Ross: Tom Chaney! Tom Chaney!"

- 'True Grit'.

John Wayne 'Rooster Cogburn' Quotes

Let's look at some Rooster Cogburn played by John Wayne quotes in the 1975 film.

6. "Baby sister, I was born game, and I mean to go out that way. That shows you know more about the Lord and His Good Book than you know about men. I was proud to tell my deputy's wife that I shot his killers."

- Rooster Cogburn.

7. "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he doesn't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

- Rooster Cogburn.

8. "I do not know this man. Watch yourself, sister. Everything in these woods'll either bite ya, stab ya or stick ya. You seem to forget, Judge. You hung up my guns today. I am retired, relieved, and rejoicing."

- Rooster Cogburn.

Katharine Hepburn 'Rooster Cogburn' Quotes

The film 'Rooster Cogburn' was a typical western action film with guns, horses, and the wild west.

Here are some Eula Goodnight, played by Katharine Hepburn, quotes.

9. "Eula Goodnight: Livin' with you has been an adventure any woman would relish for the rest o' time. I look at cha, with you burned-out the face and your big belly and your bear-like paws and your shining eye, and I have to say you're a credit to the whole male sex, and I'm proud to have ya for my friend for life.

Rooster Cogburn: God! I'll be damned if she didn't get the last word in again. Well."

- 'Rooster Cogburn'.

10. "Rooster Cogburn: We both know that the Lord brands lyin' a sin. Do you think He'll still smile on you after the whoppers you told in there?

Eula Goodnight: And if thy words stray from the truth for the good of God's own, if thy intent is pure, thou shall not then be judged sinful.

Rooster Cogburn: Beautiful quotation. What book? What chapter?

Eula Goodnight: I will confess, Reuben, it is of my own invention, I just made it up."

- 'Rooster Cogburn'.

11. "If he is not in a shallow grave somewhere between here and Fort Smith he is gone. Long gone! Thanks to Mr. LaBoeuf, we have missed our shot. He barked and the birds have flown. Gone. Gone. Gone! Lucky Ned and his cohort gone. Your fifty dollars gone. Gone the whiskey - seized in evidence."

- Eula Goodnight.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best 'Rooster Cogburn' quotes then why not take a look at Three Amigos quotes, or [Louis L'amour quotes].

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