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WESTERN, 2010 - 2015

True Grit (2010)

Elevator Pitch.

When the father of a girl is killed by an outlaw she determines to hunt him down with the help of Deputy Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn; the murderer, who it seems has disappeared into the badlands with an outlaw gang, is also being hunted by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf for killing a senator, and so the ill assorted trio embark on the quest, falling out on the way but eventually gaining mutual respect as they finally confront the gang.

Content.

Scenes in the city of Fort Smith, Rooster in court, the undertaker’s and a public hanging, as well as the young Mattie negotiating with a horse trader. Travels in the badlands and quite a bit of interaction over a dead body found hanging in a tree. Some shoot-outs with the gang with increasing levels of tension. Cogburn and LeBoeuf continuing to fall out, but neverthless the latter arriving in the nick of time more than once to save the day. It is graphically violent, there is no sex or nudity but quite a bit of drinking.

A View We had seen this in the cinema, and was not really looking forward to viewing it again, as I must if I am to write a review, but I was captivated from the start as all the the three protagonists show “true grit” when the chips are down. So if you like westerns in the modern more earthy style don’t miss it, it is pretty well perfect.
Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel of the same name by Charles Portis
Director Ethan Coen, Joel Cohen
Writers/Script Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen
Starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Domhnail Gleeson, J.K. Simmons, Roger Deakins
Additional Info The film was nominated for 10 Oscars but won none (a record apparently), it did however win four BAFTAs and made a lot of money.

 

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