John Wayne partners up with classic cowboys in Savannah this weekend

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Three classic Westerns will be screened June 29 and 30 at the Lucas Theatre.

“True Grit” – the original 1969 version starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn – will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday.

Based on Charles Portis’ 1968 novel “True Grit,” the film was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in the film, which also stars Glen Campbell and Kim Darby.

On Saturday, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” also made in 1969, will be presented at 3 p.m. It was directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script.

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is based loosely on fact. It tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known to history as Butch Cassidy and played by Paul Newman, and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, played by Robert Redford, as they migrate to Bolivia while on the run from the law in search of a more successful criminal career.

At 7 p.m., “3:10 to Yuma,” a 2007 film starring Russell Crowe, will be screened. It is based on the 1957 film of the same name, which was based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Three-Ten to Yuma.”

Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local sheriff. The film was directed by James Mangold and written by Stuart Beattie, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

As an added attraction, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will bring its horses down to the front of the Lucas on June 29. And all day on June 30, Skillets and Spurs will be set up outside the theater.

Tickets are $8 for each screening, or a pass for all three is available for $15. Passes must be purchased by June 29.

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