True Grit

December 22nd, 2010

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True Grit

Still of Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in True GritStill of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen in True GritMatt Damon and Luciana Barroso at event of True GritStill of Hailee Steinfeld in True GritStill of Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld in True GritStill of Jeff Bridges in True Grit

A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.8/10 (113,372 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Ethan Coen

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Jeff Bridges - Rooster Cogburn
Hailee Steinfeld - Mattie Ross
Matt Damon - LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin - Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper - Lucky Ned Pepper
Dakin Matthews - Col. Stonehill
Jarlath Conroy - Undertaker
Paul Rae - Emmett Quincy
Domhnall Gleeson - Moon (The Kid)
Elizabeth Marvel - 40-Year-Old Mattie
Roy Lee Jones - Yarnell
Ed Corbin - Bear Man (as Ed Lee Corbin)
Leon Russom - Sheriff
Bruce Green - Harold Parmalee
Candyce Hinkle - Boarding House Landlady

Taglines: Retribution


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 22 December 2010

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,850,000 (USA) (26 December 2010) (3047 Screens)

Gross: $244,900,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the original True Grit, Rooster Cogburn wears his eye-patch on his left eye. In the remake of True Grit, the eye-patch is worn over Cogburn's right eye.

Continuity: When Ned captures Mattie, the pistol he threatens her with is a Remington New Army. A few minutes later, Ned reloads his pistol and he has a Colt Single Action Army. When he fires a shot to acknowledge Rooster keeping his end of the bargain, he is again using a Remington, however, when he pulls his pistol to shoot Rooster, he is back to a Colt SAA. While it is possible that Ned carried two revolvers, at no time is he seen with a second revolver on his person.

[first lines]
40-Year-Old Mattie: People do not give it credence that a young girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood. But it did happen. I was just 14 years of age when a coward by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life and his horse and two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band...

User Review

One of the most crowd-pleasing films I think the Coens have ever made, accessible, simple, mythic and finally beautiful

Rating: 10/10

The Coen brothers are known for being one of the best filmmakers of our time. They both compliment each other perfectly. When I heard they were remaking the 1969, John Wayne classic True Grit, I was extremely excited and had incredibly high expectations of the film. Being a major fan of Western movies, I was really interested how it would turn out. I wanted the movie to be more faithful to it's original source material, Charles Portis novel, than the 1969 film had been. I was also hopeful that Jeff Bridges would fill the huge shoes of the classic, legendary John Wayne. I was hoping that they would blend the humor of the original 1969 film with some of the suspense or thrills from earlier Coen brothers films like No Country For Old Men or Fargo. But not become way too violent that it causes to stay completely unrecognizable to Charles Portis classic novel.

After seeing the Coen brothers new film, I have to say. My extremely high expectations were surpassed. The movie actually surprised all the hype I had, what an incredible film. The atmosphere, clothing, and the buildings reminded me of the old classic Hollywood westerns they used to make. I had a feeling of nostalgia watching the movie through the end. I felt transported to another time period of the old western. Hailee Steinfeld was amazing in the movie, I truly believe that this is her breakout performance. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin were as usual amazing. But the true star of the film has to be Jeff Bridges, in all respects ( I don't mean to offend John Wayne or anything), I think Jeff Bridges did a better job than John Wayne in portraying Rooster Cogburn. His performance showed much more experience, strength and power, the performance was pretty much unforgettable. Jeff Bridges handily reinvents the iconic role of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' back-to-the-book-remake. I congratulate the Coen for bringing back the western genre, that Hollywood has ignored so much the last decade or so. I can't stress enough how much I recommend this movie to people.

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