True Grit (2010)

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    • True Grit (2010)

      TRUE GRIT

      DIRECTED, WRITTEN (Screenplay) & PRODUCED BY ETHAN & JOEL COEN
      CO-PRODUCED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
      SKYDANCE PRODUCTIONS
      SCOTT-RUDIN PRODUCTIONS
      MIKE ZOSS PRODUCTIONS
      PARAMOUNT PICTURES



      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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

      Cast
      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
      Peter Leung ... Mr. Lee
      Don Pirl ... Cole Younger
      Joe Stevens ... Cross-examining Lawyer
      David Lipman ... First Lawyer
      Jake Walker ... Judge Parker
      Orlando Storm Smart ... Stableboy (as Orlando Smart)
      Ty Mitchell ... Ferryman
      Nicholas Sadler ... Repentant Condemned Man
      Scott Sowers ... Unrepentant Condemned Man
      Jonathan Joss ... Condemned Indian
      Maggie A. Goodman ... Woman at Hanging
      Brandon Sanderson ... Indian Youth at Bagby's
      Ruben Nakai Campana ... Indian Youth at Bagby's
      and many more...
      Directed
      Ethan Coen
      Joel Coen

      Writing Credits
      Joel Coen ... (screenplay) &
      Ethan Coen ... (screenplay)
      Charles Portis ... (novel)

      Produced
      Ethan Coen ... producer
      Joel Coen ... producer
      David Ellison ... executive producer
      Megan Ellison ... executive producer
      Robert Graf ... executive producer
      Scott Rudin ... producer
      Paul Schwake ... executive producer
      Steven Spielberg ... executive producer

      Music
      Carter Burwell

      Cinematography
      Roger Deakins ... director of photography

      Trivia
      Fifteen thousand girls applied for the role of the young Mattie Ross, the part going to Hailee Steinfeld. She was 13 years old when cast. It was her theatrical feature-film debut.

      Despite Mattie Ross having the most screen time and being considered the protagonist, Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in many award shows, including the Academy Awards.

      As mentioned in the trivia from the original True Grit (1969), the character of Rooster Cogburn is supposed to be around 40, both John Wayne and Jeff Bridges were in their early 60's when they portrayed their roles. John Wayne was 62, Jeff Bridges was 60.

      Because of child labor laws, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen were unable to film any scenes past midnight with Hailee Steinfeld (especially difficult because the movie contains many night scenes), and because of scheduling problems, any time there is a shot of another character over Mattie's shoulder or back, Mattie is played by an adult double, not Steinfeld.

      Rooster refers to LaBoeuf as a "brush popper" and later as a "waddie." Those are American West terms for a cowboy.

      The movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards failing to win any and going down in film history as one of the most ever nominated films to not win an Oscar.

      Judge Parker (referred to several times during the movie) was an actual judge in Fort Smith, AR. He was known as "Hanging Judge" Parker.

      Jeff Bridges said that the first piece of direction the Coens gave him was to forget about the John Wayne prequel. Their movie would be a return to the 1968 source material by the original author Charles Portis.

      No computer-generated special effects were used in the creation of the town of Fort Smith. The town of Granger, Texas, was used as a double in the movie, due to several sections of the city still displaying the period's city planning with wide streets. The art department did painstaking efforts to add details: fake buildings were built between existing ones, and existing buildings were painted or redressed with facades to give them the correct period appearance; sand was put onto the cobblestone streets to get the appearance of dirt roads; 20th century telephone poles were either removed or redressed as trees. Since the movie takes place in the winter, the leaves of one tree that came into frame during the hanging scene had to be picked-off by hand. Finally, a small stretch of railroad was built for a period train that was brought in from a museum.

      When La Boeuf first meets Mattie, he tells her that one of the aliases of Chaney is J. Todd Anderson, a frequent Coen Brothers storyboard artist.

      All scenes in which horses appeared to fall or be in pain or distress were faked using a combination of specific horse training and clever editing.

      The first Coen Brothers film to gross over $100 million in the United States.

      The Cole Younger and Frank James Wild West Company toured the south in 1903. Younger and James formed the show years after the end of their careers as outlaws in the notorious James-Younger gang.

      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 ... and the Lady (1975)
      whilst Warren Oates was the second actor to do so in True Grit (A Further Adventure) (1978), the character being called Reuben J. Rooster.

      Bear Man tells Rooster and Mattie that there is nothing north of the "picketwire." This is the Purgatoire River in southeastern Colorado, known locally as the Picketwire River or the Purgatory River.

      The Rooster Cogburn character's full name is Reuben J. Cogburn. Rooster is his nickname. His birth-date is 15 July, 1825.

      In the original True Grit (1969), Rooster Cogburn wears his eye-patch on his left eye. In the remake of True Grit (2010), the eye-patch is worn over Cogburn's right eye.

      One of only fifteen or sixteen Western movies to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar). It is also the first western to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award since Unforgiven (1992) and Dances with Wolves (1990), a gap of nineteen years. This depends on whether one counts Brokeback Mountain (2005) as a Western (the gap would be then six years), as Brokeback Mountain (2005) is not set during the historical period of the American West.

      In the boarding house, when Mattie is given her father's personal effects, among the items visible is her father's gun, a small bag, his pocket watch with chain attached to a Masonic square and compass watch fob. Mattie also tells Yarnell that she wants her father buried in his Masonic apron.

      After Crazy Heart (2009), this was the second consecutive film for which Jeff Bridges received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He failed to win the award on this occasion.

      During the campfire scene, Rooster Cogburn mentions Daniel Webster cigars as he insults LaBoeuf. Webster was an American statesman, lawyer, and orator. The cigar brand was named in his honor.

      This movie marks the second time that an actor (Jeff Bridges) has been nominated for an Academy Award for playing Rooster Cogburn. John Wayne won Best Actor for playing Rooster Cogburn in the original True Grit (1969).

      This was the last film that famed cinematographer Roger Deakins shot on film before switching to digital technology.

      Firearms used in the film
      Rooster Cogburn utilizes a Cavalry model of the Colt Single Action Army as his sidearm, and a Winchester Model 1873 as his long arm. He also carries a pair of Colt Dragoon revolvers in holsters on his saddle, and uses them in his confrontation with Ned Pepper's gang.
      Mattie's father leaves her a Colt Dragoon.
      La Boeuf carries a Colt Single Action Army as well has his trademark Sharps 1874 Cavalry carbine.
      Tom Chaney carries the Henry Model 1860 rifle he took from Frank Ross.
      Ned Pepper is seen with a Remington 1875 revolver as well as a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifle.

      The triangular bladed knife found on the dead body in the pit Mattie falls into is known as an "Arkansas Toothpick".

      First Coen brothers film to get a PG-13 rating in the USA since Intolerable Cruelty (2003).

      The conversation Mattie has with the coroner about the high costs of preparing her father's corpse, is similar to the discussion The Dude and Walter have about the price of the urn with Donny's ashes in another Coens movie with Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski (1998).

      Many of the firearms in True Grit are replicas from the Italian gun maker Aldo Uberti Company. Using replicas is a common practice in movies. The original manufacturers' pistols, rifles, and shotguns in True Grit are antiques that are over a century old and do not have the availability required by movie property managers. Replicas are exact copies that look newer (not worn and antique) and thus match the appropriate time frame presented in the movie.

      The two front buckles on Matt Damon's cowboy hat form the letter "B", the letter used on caps and hats to represent his hometown Boston Red Sox baseball team.

      Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin have both played the character of Wild Bill Hickok in separate productions before starring in this film together. Bridges played Hickok in Wild Bill (1995) and Brolin played Hickok in The Young Riders (1989).

      Michael Biehn auditioned for the role of 'Lucky' Ned Pepper but lost out to Barry Pepper.

      This movie was made and released forty-two years after the Charles Portis novel of the same name was first published in 1968, and forty-one years after True Grit (1969).

      Rooster Cogburn tells Mattie about previously owning an eatery called The Green Frog. There is actually a restaurant in Jacksboro, Texas, called The Green Frog. It has been in business 40+ years.

      Although Cogburn refers to his "Navy Sixes," there is never an appearance of a Colt 1851 Navy revolver in the movie. The 2 pistols Cogburn carries in his saddle holsters, holds in the cornbread scene, and fires in the charge scene, are 2nd model Colt Dragoon revolvers according to Keith Walters the movie's property master. Cogburn's mention of "Navy Sixes" was part of his account charging and scattering a posse following him after a bank robbery years ago and before he was a US Marshal. It's possible that he has swapped the Colt 1851 Navy revolvers for Dragoons.

      Jeff Bridges's Oscar nomination for this film marks the seventh time in Oscar history that one actor has been nominated for playing a role that had already earned another actor an Oscar. There were two instances involving the character of King Henry VIII, with Robert Shaw nominated in 1967 for A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Richard Burton nominated in 1970 for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), after Charles Laughton earned his Oscar for the role in 1933's The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933). Also in 1970, Peter O'Toole was nominated for playing Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), a role that won Robert Donat an Oscar for 1939's Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). It happened again in the 1970s when Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro each won Oscars for playing Vito Corleone (in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), respectively). The fifth occurrence was when Gérard Depardieu, was nominated for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), a role that had already won an Oscar for José Ferrer (1950's Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)). The sixth was when Cate Blanchett was nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1998 and 2008 in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), respectively, a role that won Judi Dench an Oscar in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love (1998). John Wayne won Best Actor for playing Rooster Cogburn in the original True Grit (1969). The original True Grit, and the first two Godfathers, all featured Robert Duvall as well, who appeared with Jeff Bridges the previous year in his Oscar-winning role in Crazy Heart (2009).

      Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

      Mattie says the title of the film to Rooster when she meets him outside of the courtroom. She says, "They tell me you're a man with true grit."

      Talk of a remake of True Grit (1969) first surfaced in 2008.

      In the first movie production of True Grit (1969), Tom Chaney's black powder mark is on his right cheek. In the Coen's 2010 production of True Grit, the black powder mark is on Tom Chaney's left cheek.

      Cameo
      J.K. Simmons: voice of J. Noble Daggett, Mattie's lawyer.

      Spoilers
      In order to get the most effective voice after biting his tongue, Matt Damon tied a hair tie around it to talk as if he had no tongue.

      Rooster Cogburn's tombstone states the year of his birth to be 1825, and the year of his death to be 1903. Considering the epilogue took place 25 years after the main events in the film, this places the film in 1878, at which time Cogburn would've been 53 years old.

      Ruth Morris was the body double for actress Elizabeth Marvel who plays the adult Mattie Ross, the character distinguishable by only having one arm. Morris was born without a left forearm. Morris, the body-double, actually has more screen time in the film than Marvel, the actress she doubles.

      Although he is third billed, Josh Brolin doesn't show up until around 1 hr and 18 mins into the movie.

      Crazy Credits
      Buster Coen, Ethan Coen's son, is listed in the end credits as "Mr. Damon's abs double". In reality, he was an on-set assistant to the script supervisor.
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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

      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      When she first meets Labeouf in her room at the boarding house, Mattie compares his fringed Texas clothes to those of a rodeo clown. Rodeo clowns did not exist until the beginning of competitive rodeos in the early 1900s, some 25-30 years later.

      Before drunken shooting scene Rooster falls off his horse and the bottom of his boot is exposed. The boot has a modern Vibram sole with traction grooves. Boots of that period had leather soles with no grooves.

      Near the beginning of the film, when Mattie is arriving by train in Ft. Smith, the camera pans across the ground and tracks to the train, revealing a pre-cast concrete grade crossing with steel edges, and then subsequent wooden grade crossings. These precast concrete grade crossings were not available in the late 1800s.

      Early in the movie, there is a shot of a train, which is fitted with modern knuckle couplers and air brakes, neither of which had been invented at the time the action in the movie is to have taken place.

      When Mattie and Rooster hear the warning gunshot in the distance and are waiting for someone to appear, a car is visible in the close-up of Mattie on her horse.

      Continuity
      Mattie and her horse are completely dry right after swimming across the river.

      The date for the Wild West Show on the flyer is July 18. When Mattie shows up there , Cole tells her Rooster died 3 days ago. The date of death on his gravestone is Aug. 12.

      Rooster throws a holster over the horn on his saddle before he and LaBoeuf have the argument after which LaBoeuf leaves them (the first time). During this argument, the position of Cogburn's holster on the saddle-horn changes several times.

      When Rooster Colburn is pulling cornbread out of his satchel and throwing it the air to shoot, you see that several pieces of cornbread fall out of his satchel and on the ground; however when they go the wide shot, no cornbread is on the ground.

      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.

      Little Blackie can be seen wearing a breast collar during the river crossing that he doesn't wear during the rest of the film.

      During the cornbread shoot, Cogburn shoots the first piece of cornbread with his Colt Single Action Army, in the next scene, when LaBoeuf shoots the cornbread, Cogburn is seen holding a Colt Dragoon, similar to the gun Mattie Ross has. It is NOT one of the Colt 1851 Navy's he carries on his saddle.

      In the court-scene at the beginning of the movie, when Rooster Cogburn is interrogated, the position of the eye patch, more precisely the band above his left eye, repeatedly changes position between shots.

      When Rooster Cogburn is being cross-examined in Judge Parker's court, the position of the eye patch, more precisely the band above his left eye, changes position during the several scenes.

      When Marshall Cogburn is shooting the last piece of cornbread, his coat kicks up and knocks his hat off his head. In the next shot of him, his hat is back on his head.

      When Mattie cuts the hanged man down from the tree and Rooster kicks him over so that he is lying flat on his back, his legs are crossed and his coat is half open. As Rooster stands over the dead man, Rooster's shadow falls behind him, away from the dead man. After the next scene, where the Indian on horseback approaches, no one has touched the dead man, and Rooster is standing in the same place. But now the dead man's legs aren't crossed anymore, his coat is fully open, and Rooster's shadow falls in front of him, across the dead man's legs.

      In the grocery store back room scene, the closeup of Rooster Cogburn brushing past the ducks shows the ducks hanging separately. In all wider shots in which the ducks can be seen, they are hanging in a tight group.

      When Mattie first meets LeBoeuf, she tosses the photo of Chaney onto a book on the nightstand. The photo then changes position several times.

      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.

      In the final scene as Mattie is standing next to the gravestone of "Reuben Cogburn" the gravestone says "In Memory of". As she walks away and the credits begin, the gravestone now reads "In Loving Memory".

      While Ned is holding Mattie pinned with his boot the position of her hat that fell off changes from being an inch from her head to completely missing. Also in the long shot it's leaned to the side but when she picks it up it's positioned straight up.

      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.

      When LaBoeuf first meets Mattie Ross in her room at the boarding house, he is smoking a pipe. At one point during their conversation, LaBoeuf puts his pipe down on the table next to his chair. The smoke curling up from the pipe suddenly changes shape and position.

      In the conversation between Mattie and the horse trader Col. Stonehill, he is seated, leaning back in his chair, with both arms on the armrests. Mattie speaks and the scene cuts to him saying, "You have no case." When he says this sentence, he's leaning forward in the chair, his right arm is extended out to his right and is resting on some papers on his desk. The scene cuts to Mattie speaking again and when it cuts back to him, he's leaning back, both arms on the armrests.

      Crew or equipment visible
      When Ned Pepper is pinning Mattie Ross with his boot in The Winding Stair Mountains, after the first pan down at Mattie and pan back to Ned you hear the director yell "Action".

      Errors in geography
      At one point in the film, Rooster says that they have a choice of heading north into the Winding Stair Mountains or continuing further west. The Winding Stair Mountains are 30-40 miles southwest of Fort Smith, meaning they would have to travel south to go up into the mountains, not north.

      Factual errors
      When Rooster and LaBeouf are talking about serving in the Civil War, LaBeouf says he served at Shreveport with Kirby Smith, in the Army of Northern Virginia. Smith was actually in command of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi.

      After saving Mattie from being murdered by Chaney, at Lucky Ned's camp, LeBoeuf stands over him and refers to him as "Chelmsford", a strange thing to say, since he's been hunting Chaney for quite some time...

      Incorrectly regarded as goofs
      When Mattie scales the tree to cut down the hanged man, the length of rope changes length between shots. When we first see him, he is hanging very close to the tree. In the next shot, he is hanging a fair amount lower. In the original screenplay, Rooster cuts the rope at ground level and the body falls about 5 feet, and then the rope snags. That is why Mattie has to climb the tree to cut him down. The scene of Rooster cutting the rope at ground level was filmed, but did not make it into the final cut. That is why the body is seen hanging several feet lower.

      Mattie tells Rooster that her sister's name is Victoria. Later, in her letter home, she asks her mother to pinch Violet on the cheek for her. However, at that time "Violet" was commonly used as a nickname for people called Victoria.

      When Mattie first encounters Rooster at the courthouse, she keeps standing in his way to prevent him from leaving the courthouse, but exit doors are shown behind him (which he eventually walks through). Most courthouses of this time (including the Blanco, Texas courthouse where this scene was filmed) were square-shaped and had exits on all four sides. Mattie was only blocking him from exiting the doors he was originally heading towards.

      Revealing mistakes
      The snakes Mattie sees in the cave are clearly rat snakes from their markings, but she calls them rattlers and you can hear rattling in the background.

      Spoilers
      Factual errors
      When Mattie is fetching water from the river and encounters Tom Chaney, she is carrying a wood bucket. Such an item would be very unwieldy and bulky to carry while riding horseback, and none of the characters is shown to be carrying one. More likely, Mattie would have used a canvas bucket, and this in fact, is mentioned in the book.

      When Mattie Ross shoots Tom Chaney the first time and she falls backwards into the water we can see her gun the entire time when she falls and then rights her self, she could not re-cock her gun without the camera seeing it, however when the camera cuts to her standing her gun is cocked and she then attempts to fire it. This is impossible due to the fact that her pistol is a Colt Model 1848 which is a single action pistol, meaning she would have to cock it after each shot.

      Incorrectly regarded as goofs
      Toward the end of the movie when Rooster is on the ground and Ned Pepper is on his horse ready to shoot him, LeBoeuf is aiming to shoot Ned with his Sharps Carbine. He successfully shoots Ned, and then gets hit in the head with a rock by Chaney. Mattie grabs the carbine and shoots Chaney. The carbine that LeBoeuf used is a single shot breech load carbine. He can be seen reloading while he is talking to Mattie, and closes the breach shortly before being hit.

      Le Boeuf uses a Sharps carbine for the long shot (over 400 yards) that kills Ned. This is not at all an impossible feat for a Sharps carbine. Furthermore, he would not have used a full length rifle, as it would have been bulky and impractical on horseback.

      Revealing mistakes
      When we see Rooster and Mattie on their horses, both appear to be geldings, however when Rooster's horse is killed by Ned Pepper, the horse is clearly female.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      New Mexico, USA
      Buena Vista Ranch, New Mexico, USA
      Jamaica (Kingston)
      Austin, Texas, USA
      Garson Studios, College of Santa Fe - 1600 Saint Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (studio)
      Granger, Texas, USA
      Blanco, Texas, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed,
      written, produced, and edited by the Coen brothers and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
      It is the second adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name,
      which was previously filmed in 1969 starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell.

      This version stars Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and
      Jeff Bridges as Deputy U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, along with
      Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper.

      Filming began in March 2010, and the film was officially released in the U. S. on December 22, 2010 after advance screenings earlier that month.The film opened the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2011. It was well received by critics, garnering a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bridges), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Steinfeld), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. However, it didn't win any of its nominations. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, 2011.



      Adaptation and production
      The project was rumored as far back as February 2008; however it was not confirmed until March 2009

      Ahead of shooting, Ethan Coen said that the film would be a more faithful adaptation of the novel than the 1969 version.

      It's partly a question of point-of-view. The book is entirely in the voice of the 14-year-old girl. That sort of tips the feeling of it over a certain way. I think [the book is] much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humor in both the situations and in her voice. It also ends differently than the movie did. You see the main character – the little girl – 25 years later when she's an adult. Another way in which it's a little bit different from the movie – and maybe this is just because of the time the movie was made – is that it's a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects. Which is part of what's interesting about it.

      Mattie Ross "is a pill", said Ethan Coen in a December 2010 interview, "but there is something deeply admirable about her in the book that we were drawn to", including the Presbyterian-Protestant ethic so strongly imbued in a 14-year-old girl. Joel Coen said that the brothers did not want to "mess around with what we thought was a very compelling story and character". The film's producer, Scott Rudin, said that the Coens had taken a "formal, reverent approach" to the Western genre, with its emphasis on adventure and quest. "The patois of the characters, the love of language that permeates the whole film, makes it very much of a piece with their other films, but it is the least ironic in many regards".

      Nevertheless, there are subtle ways in which the film adaptation differs from the original novel. This is particularly evident in the negotiation scene between Mattie and her father's undertaker. In the film, Mattie bargains over her father's casket and proceeds to spend the night among the corpses to avoid paying for the boardinghouse. This scene is, in fact, nonexistent in the novel, where Mattie is depicted as refusing to bargain over her father's body, and never entertains the thought of sleeping among the corpses.

      Open casting sessions were held in Texas in November 2009 for the role of Mattie Ross. The following month, Paramount Pictures announced a casting search for a 12- to 16-year-old girl, describing the character as a "simple, tough as nails young woman" whose "unusually steely nerves and straightforward manner are often surprising".Steinfeld, then age 13, was selected for the role from a pool of 15,000 applicants. "It was, as you can probably imagine, the source of a lot of anxiety", Ethan Coen told The New York Times. "We were aware if the kid doesn't work, there's no movie".

      The film was shot in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area in March and April 2010, as well as in Granger and Austin, Texas.The first trailer was released in September; a second trailer premiered with The Social Network.

      True Grit received a PG-13 rating for "some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images". It was the first Coen brothers film to receive such a rating since 2003's Intolerable Cruelty.

      For the final segment of the film, a one-armed body double was needed for Elizabeth Marvel
      (who played the adult Mattie). After a nationwide call, the Coen brothers cast Ruth Morris
      – a 29-year-old social worker and student who was born without a left forearm.
      Morris has more screen time in the film than Marvel.



      User Review

      Get the comparisons out of the way, then give the film its due.
      26 December 2010 | by (winner55) (United States)

      winner wrote:

      Let's get the comparisons with Henry Hathaway's version of the Charles Portis novel out of the way. The Coen Brothers certainly knew that, however much they want to 'go back to the source material,' their film would play against Hathaway's version.


      The Hathaway version, while tampering with details from the Portis original, remains strikingly true to its story and theme. This is most clear in the dialog - the decision not to tamper with Portis' language was decisive for the making of that film. The Coens' tampering with the novel is more subtle than Hathaway's film, but no less an interpretation.

      Approaching the characters and composition of the Coens' version without reference to the Hathaway film apparently proved impossible. For instance, the shoot-out at the dug-out cabin was re-written for a night-scene, but the camera angles remain pretty much the high-elevation shots Lucien Ballard provided Hathaway, inter-cut with full body shots of people getting wounded and horses running (etc.)also similar to Ballard's.

      Two performance stand out as striking examples of reference to the original film. Dakin Matthews seems to struggle mightily not to recreate Strother Martin's interpretation of the horse-trader Stonehill

      and fails. Apparently Martin had the character down pat and there's


      nothing but to reproduce his interpretation. Far more to the point is Barry Pepper's interpretation of the desperate outlaw chief, Ned Pepper
      it is pure Robert Duvall. Pepper can only match Duvall's self-aware


      determination - and he does - but he can't surpass it; nor can he find another interpretation to set off against Duvall's.

      As for the Coens' own re-interpretation of the Portis novel, what was most noticeable to me were the minor points simply dropped out of the story telling. The most irritating to me were a pair of lapses that are interconnected and combine to make an important point about the characters. 1. We never get to see Mattie tell Rooster that Chaney has linked up with Ned Pepper (later Rooster does remark the fact, but how did he learn of it?); 2 We don't get to hear Rooster's remarking how he shot Pepper through the upper lip (because he was aiming at the lower lip). These two incidents combine to let the audience know that Cogburn's hidden agenda on the Chaney hunt is really Ned Pepper, he and Pepper have something of a feud going on - which information fills out the background detail for their final shoot-out. Except here we don't have that connection.

      Finally, the whole Mattie - Rooster issue: many critics are saying that Mattie is more at the center here than in the Hathaway picture, which focused attention on John Wayne's Cogburn. Not true. When we add up screen time and lines of dialog, we discover that Mattie not only has as much time and dialog in the Hathaway film but it is in much the same proportion to Cogburn's as in this one. If most remember the Hathaway film as a 'John Wayne film,' that is due simply to Wayne's bravura performance.

      Well, enough of the comparisons. Does the Coens' version measure up as film worth seeing on its own accord? Yes; we are presented here with a beautiful, frightening, amusing piece of 'Americana.' There are scenes approaching dream-like states, as in the meeting with the bear-man, and during Rooster's desperate drive to get Mattie to a doctor. Hailee Steinfeld is quite engaging, and Matt Damon develops an intriguing complexity that makes one wish he had more screen-time. Bridges' performance is the most problematic - Bridges plays Cogburn as a a kind of whimsical brute - as he rambles on with his life-story on the trail, we get the gnawing sense that, if we were not along for a dangerous manhunt and dependent on his abilities as a master man-hunter, Cogburn would be someone we would not like to know. This develops a distance between the audience and Cogburn that is actually rather on par for the Coens - there are no 'heros' in the Coen universe.

      Perhaps that's a good thing here. Mattie in her experiences with the wild men of the old west has encountered something larger than her life on the farm could ever get her. These are men who make their own laws and are not bound to statutory codes or biblical decrees, and adapt their own law to the wilds of the frontier that surrounds them. Mattie is a confirmed church-goer with a good lawyer, and if she weren't so determined on her revenge, she would actually be impossibly small-minded and dull. This is a subtext to the novel that both films attempt to convey, but neither quite captures, because it's difficult for any film maker to admit that the central character of the story is the least interesting.

      The age of such wild-men has passed. It is not that wild-men do not exist - wild-men show up quite frequently in Coen Brothers' films in contemporary settings - but now they are corrupted by moving outside the law and outside the commonplace, they grow sick and psychopathic. The killer in "Fargo" feeding the partner he's killed to a wood-chipper is as wild as one could get, but he is no longer larger than life, and evokes only the sickness at the heart of modernity, not any adaptation one would want to live with.

      We look back at historical moments like those of the Old West because anything seemed possible to them, whereas very little is possible for us. But that might simply be a wishful delusion - and the Coens' clear suspicion that it is really determines the limits of what they accomplish here. They don't present the West as 'it really was,' nor do they present what we want from it, rather they present a disappointment with it. Rooster Cogburn is indeed 'larger than life,' but we wouldn't want to spend any more time with him than we do.
      Please see in the following posts, all the pre and post release comments
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Have you seen the 2010 True Grit? 29
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        Yes, and I really liked it! (11) 38%
      2.  
        Yeah . . . it was OK (1) 3%
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        No, and I don't intend to - EVER! (4) 14%
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        Not yet, but I intend to (13) 45%
      Coen Brothers' Next is True Grit
      Source: Variety
      March 23, 2009


      Joel and Ethan Coen will next put their spin on True Grit, the iconic Western that won John Wayne an Oscar.

      The Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Paramount.

      Portis' novel is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian territory.

      But while the original film was a showcase for Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's point of view.

      The project reteams the brothers with Scott Rudin, their partner on the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. The Coens wrote the screenplay.

      The original starred Kim Darby as the teen, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws.
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Phantomstranger wrote:


      The Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Paramount.


      That's a perplexing statement considering that the 1969 movie was very faithful to the book.

      I certainly wont be going out of my way to watch the remake, the actor who plays Rooster will have to wear boots he'll never be able to fit into.

      :agent:
      Regards
      Robbie
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Nothing will ever compete with the Dukes version and i dont think ill probably watch this. Why remake something that was great the first time? They remade some and made them better, but those werent all that good of ones the first time. I thought the book was very close to the origional.
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      remakes are never as good as the original and this will be no different
      " I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man " True Grit
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Well, aside from a remake being close to sacrilegious, I am sure the Coen's will ruin it. I won't waste my time on it.
      "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them" It may be time worn, but it's the best life-creed I know.
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      This is disturbing as now we are remaking old western movie's. Has Hollywood run out of material already? Not that remaking westerns is a bad thing, it's the thought of remaking a already classic movie. That means the movie might as well be a failure and it hasn't even been filmed yet, no matter how good it might be.
      Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
      -John Wayne
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Wow, It's hard to make a comment when everyone has already said what I'm thinking!

      "True Grit" is probably my favorite movie, mainly because of Duke's portrayal of Rooster Cogburn. Just can't see anyone else in that role. Warren Oats tried it once in a cheap TV movie ("True Grit: A Further Adventure"), and as good as a character actor as he was, it just wasn't the same. And as already mentioned, the original movie does stick very close to the novel.

      That being said, as much I love Western movies, and as much as I enjoyed the novel, I may give it a try when it comes out, depending on the reviews. For example if all of the critics like it, you know it's going to be an artsy, boring piece of cow-dung, and I'll know to skip it! (What is it with critics?)

      But, still, why remake a classic?
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      Hollywood has no original ideas anymore.
      They have to reach back to the great stuff cause they can't come up with it on their own.

      That said I fear this is going to be a disaster.

      I must say though that I do like the ending in the book better than the movie. But even at that, it's a small thing in the bigger picture and not worth trying to do it over. They sure couldn't do it better.
      Tbone


      "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please."
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      That's a perplexing statement considering that the 1969 movie was very faithful to the book.


      That's what I said. The only difference was the tail end of the movie. And they have already stated that they are wanting to remove the John Wayne = Western equation.... unless they get somebody I like as Rooster this is gonna be one movie I pass on by with no regrets.
    • Re: "True Grit" : The Remake !!!

      SXViper wrote:

      This is disturbing as now we are remaking old western movie's. Has Hollywood run out of material already? Not that remaking westerns is a bad thing, it's the thought of remaking a already classic movie. That means the movie might as well be a failure and it hasn't even been filmed yet, no matter how good it might be.



      Viper, you hit on it, running out of material, so they now take shots at icons of truth, justice, and the American way which is John Wayne. How do you tarnish someone is you do it when they can not defend themselves.
      I be thinking this may not be the last Duke movie to be 'redone' by liberals.:vomit:
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