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




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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. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Temple de acero  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,850,000 (USA) (24 December 2010)


$171,031,347 (USA) (22 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Bridges is the third actor in movies and television to play Rooster Cogburn. John Wayne was the first in True Grit (1969) and its sequel Rooster Cogburn (1975) whilst Warren Oates was the second actor to do so in True Grit (1978), the character being called Reuben J. Rooster. See more »


Just before Rooster falls off his horse after climbing the hill, he polishes off the small bottle of whiskey while on horseback. Any remaining whiskey would have been lost in the fall anyway. When he gets up off the ground, there is about 1/3rd of the bottle still full. See more »


[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. Chaney was a hired man and Papa had taken him up to Fort Smith to help lead back a string of Mustang ponies he'd bought. In town, Chaney had ...
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Drew Houpt is credited as "The New Duke", an apparent reference to John Wayne ('The Duke') who starred in the original film. See more »


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Written by Franklin L. Eiland
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User Reviews

If you liked the 1969 True Grit you are going to be sadly disappointed for the 2010 version. Save your money
10 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to see this version of True Grit last night. I disliked it. The 1969 version with John Wayne and Kim Darby is one of my favorite Westerns. It (1969 version) had an excellent story line, great music, great locations, great scenery, great acting and GREAT COLOR IMAGES, the characters had time to develop and the dialog was witty and entertaining.The 2010 version has a choppy story line, dull music, uninspiring locations, boring scenery and the dialog was disconnected, difficult, boring, and choppy,at best ! Kim Darby was super in her portrayal of the 1969 Mattie Ross.The 2010 Mattie Ross acted too much like a mature woman. The original movie had an upbeat ending. The 2010 version had a disturbing and definitely downbeat and sad ending. The 2010 version is also much shorter in running time. A lot of the background scenes from the 1969 version were not in the 2010 version. That hurt the film's continuity. I was just very, very disappointed after leaving the theater. What a hack job, sorry ,but it is the truth. Save your money and skip this movie.

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