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A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jarlath Conroy ... Undertaker
Paul Rae ... Emmett Quincy
Domhnall Gleeson ... Moon (The Kid)
Elizabeth Marvel ... 40-Year-Old Mattie
Roy Lee Jones Roy Lee Jones ... Yarnell
Ed Corbin ... Bear Man (as Ed Lee Corbin)
Leon Russom ... Sheriff
Bruce Green ... Harold Parmalee
Candyce Hinkle ... Boarding House Landlady
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Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,850,000, 26 December 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$171,243,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,276,927
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld ride horses respectively named Apollo, Cowboy and Cimarron, animals that were carefully chosen and trained by veteran wranglers Rusty Hendrickson and son Scout Schoenfeld Hendrickson. See more »

Goofs

After Ned's gang leaves Chaney alone with Mattie, he is seen wearing brown leather gloves while he sits across her. In the next shot the gloves are gone. See more »

Quotes

[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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LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
Written by Elisha A. Hoffman and Anthony J. Showalter
Performed by Iris DeMent
Courtesy of Flariella Records
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A Must-See Film
16 May 2011 | by CinemaFrostedBettySee all my reviews

Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit (2010) is undoubtedly one of the best films I have seen all year. Westerns seemed to have fallen off the wagon in Hollywood these past few decades, but the Coen brothers have truly worked their magic, once again, to resuscitate this genre. In this beautifully constructed Western remake of Henry Hathaway's 1969 version, 14-year-old girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out with an eye-for-an-eye attitude to capture Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who has mercilessly killed her father. In order for justice to be served she teams up with Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a man of "true grit" and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon). True Grit is simple, straightforward (not words one would typically use to describe a Coen Brothers film), but as usual, it's an f-ing masterpiece. What struck me the most about this film was its skillfully crafted ambiance. Everything presented from the costumes to the settings to the dialogue— I felt completely immersed in the narrative. Thanks to cinematographer Roger Deakins for that visual thrill-ride! It's pretty apparent that Jeff Bridges had some major shoes to fill in his role originally played by John Wayne. It's safe to say it was a job well done. His style was completely powerful in this unforgettable performance. Every step he takes or word he speaks is done with thought. If there was an Oscar for 'baddest ass' Jeff Bridges would clearly hold the title, hands down. I was also quite impressed with Hailee Steinfeld's performance. As a newcomer to the Hollywood scene, she makes it pretty clear she means business. Even next to Damon, Bridges, and Brolin, she holds an extremely professional and talented composure. This is most definitely not the last time we will see her on the silver screen.


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