True Grit

Jeff Bridges  Actor Josh Brolin  Actor Matt Damon  Actor Hailee Steinfeld  Actor Barry Pepper  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Western Violence

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True Grit

Theatrical Release Date: 2010 12 22 (USA)

UPC: 097363532842

Studio: Dreamworks Video

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Western Violence]

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Western

Awards: Best Picture – National Board of Review Best Actor – Screen Actors Guild Best Adapted Screenplay – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography (Runner-up) – L.A. Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress – Screen Actors Guild Best Adapted Screenplay – Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay – Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography – National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography – American Society of Cinematographers Best Art Direction in a Period Film – Art Directors Guild Best Actor – London Film Critics Association Best Actress – London Film Critics Association Best Director – London Film Critics Association Best Screenplay – London Film Critics Association Best Director – London Film Critics Association Best Screenplay – London Film Critics Association Top Ten Film – Austin Film Critics Best Supporting Actress – Austin Film Critics Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Features: cc
Behind the scenes with Mattie Ross
Outfitting the old west: Buckskins, chaps and cowboy hats
Re-creating Fort Smith
The cast

True Grit

Format: DVD

Release Date: 06/07/2011

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 110 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- True Grit
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10

Jason Buchanan

The Coen Brothers don't aim to reinvent the Western with True Grit; quite the contrary. By going back to the Charles Portis novel for inspiration, enlisting Carter Burwell to compose a score that recalls the golden era of the once-proud genre, and paying close attention to every detail, the critically lauded duo instead offers up what may be the most satisfying traditional Western since the genre was muddled by spaghetti and revisionism in the late '50s.

Her father senselessly gunned down by notorious outlaw Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) seeks out trigger-happy U.S. marshal Rueben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to follow Chaney into hostile territory and ensure that justice is served. Though initially rejected by the marshal when she states that she will be joining the hunt for her father's killer, the headstrong Mattie proves she has the makings of a true trail-hand when she purchases a horse and stubbornly follows Rooster and Texas ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) along for the ride. But the closer the trio gets to their target, the more treacherous the journey becomes. Later, just when it begins to appear that the trail has run cold, Mattie discovers that the most harrowing part of her adventure is still yet to come.

First things first, if veteran cinematographer Roger Deakins doesn't finally earn an Oscar for his work on True Grit, there is truly no justice in Hollywood. Thanks to Deakins, the Coen Brothers' True Grit is a visual feast right from the haunting first shot -- seducing us with the aftermath of a senseless killing, then holding us rapt as we're introduced to the character of Mattie Ross, a straight-talking firebrand whose fragile young heart has already been blackened by a lust for vengeance. The character is exquisitely embodied by talented young newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who portrays Mattie's complex range of emotions with a dexterity generally reserved for actors well beyond her years -- and level of experience. Strong-willed and determined from the moment we first meet her, Mattie is perfectly capable of stepping up to care for her family after her father is viciously gunned down, though the more time we spend with her, the closer her vulnerable side floats to the surface thanks to the many subtle character beats that slowly add up to give Mattie Ross vivid texture.

Then, of course, there's Bridges -- one of the most respected actors in film for good reason. He entered into a new era of grizzle with last year's Crazy Heart that seamlessly carries over into his role as the crusty, hard-living Rooster Cogburn. Any actor would have been foolish to try to imitate the iconic swagger of John Wayne; fortunately, Bridges is a smart enough actor to blaze his own trail, and strong enough to walk tall as he does it. His Cogburn is precisely the brand of gruff lone wolf that has come to define the American Old West in film. Occasionally ill-tempered but always even-handed, his acute perception of justice is rooted more in intuition than in the laws of the land. And though Cogburn's unapologetic gruffness is without question the single trait that makes him such a fascinating personality, the Coen Brothers' script offers some well-placed character exposition that helps to make him more of a full-bodied character than a simple Western caricature. On the other hand, virtually every character in the film, with the sole exception of Mattie Ross, skirts the line in this respect (viewers may instinctively reach for a hanky after watching Barry Pepper spray his lines through mangled teeth), though Brolin does fill the boots of a psychopathic Western villain rather nicely. Likewise, it's the frequent, tempestuous banter between Cogburn and LaBoeuf that lends a much-welcome sense of levity to the proceedings, and Damon handles those scenes as effortlessly as he does effectively.

Nonetheless, while some of the humor and character nuances that Joel and Ethan Coen work into their screenplay do indeed distinguish True Grit as a "Coen Brothers Film" (perhaps a bit more so than, say, Intolerable Cruelty, which feels more like a job for hire than a labor of love), it's the fact that the celebrated siblings knew when to rein in their quirky impulses that reveals just how much care went into the making of the film. While the die-hard Coen Brothers fan may quickly sense the pacing, performances, and tone that have long distinguished their work, chances are that anyone who walks into True Grit hoping for nothing more than an all-around solid film wouldn't necessarily recognize it as the work of an auteur (or, in this instance, a pair of auteurs). With this film, it's the Coens' seeming ability to step out of the way and allow the original source material to take precedence that speaks to their strength and savvy as filmmakers, and in a catalogue that includes such undisputed classics as Blood Simple, Fargo, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, True Grit comfortably ranks among their very best. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Carter Burwell  Composer (Music Score) 
Ethan Coen  Director 
Ethan Coen  Producer 
Ethan Coen  Screenwriter 
Joel Coen  Director 
Joel Coen  Producer 
Joel Coen  Screenwriter 
Scott Rudin  Producer 
Steven Spielberg  Executive Producer 
Robert Graf  Executive Producer 
Paul Schwake  Executive Producer 
David Ellison  Executive Producer 
Megan Ellison  Executive Producer 
Jeff Bridges  Actor 
Josh Brolin  Actor 
Matt Damon  Actor 
Hailee Steinfeld  Actor 
Barry Pepper  Actor 
Bruce Green  Actor 
Dakin Matthews  Actor 
Elizabeth Marvel  Actor 
Domhnall Gleeson  Actor 
Paul Rae  Actor 
Leon Russom  Actor 
Jarleth Conroy  Actor 
Roy Lee Jones  Actor 
Ed Lee Corbin  Actor 
Candyce Hinkle  Actor 
Peter Leung  Actor 
Don Pirl  Actor 
Joe Stevens  Actor 
David Lipman  Actor 
Jake Walker  Actor 
Orlando Smart  Actor 
Ty Mitchell  Actor 
Nicholas Sadler  Actor 
Scott Sowers  Actor 
Jonathan Joss  Actor 
Maggie Goodman  Actor 
Brandon Sanderson  Actor 
Ruben Nakai Campana  Actor 

Country: USA