GRIT RESTORED: Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) track the killer of the girl’s father in this stylized Coen brothers remake. PHOTO BY LOREY SEBASTIAN. © 2010 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

True Grit

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

True Grit is the last thing you'd ex­pect from the movies' most resolutely ironic brother act, the writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen: a labor of love. They set out to adapt Charles Portis's charming novel faithfully, correcting the errors of the 1969 Henry Hathaway version, a stock western memorable only for John Wayne's performance as the tippling marshal Rooster Cogburn.

 

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