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True grit

The plot is intense, gripping and very violent, with twists only found in the richest of adventures. Man’s best laid plans never work out; an idea woven into the story and which may have attracted the Coen brothers to adapt it from the novel (which was first filmed in 1969). All of their films are laced with characters’ plans falling apart, and True Grit is no exception.

Peter Marsay

Gallows humour and respect

TRUE GRIT Cert. 15 Directors: the Coen brothers

True Grit follows teenager Mattie Ross, a girl determinedly seeking to kill her father’s murderer by hiring gritty lawman Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track him down. Does she want justice, or simply revenge? ‘You must pay for everything in this world’, she figures.