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Friday, January 6, 2012

True Grit

1969 Rooster Cogburn played by the legendary John Wayne
2010 Rooster Cogburn played by Jeff Bridges

If you're into Westerns, chances are you've seen one or both of these movies.

True Grit is a film originally released in 1969 directed by Henry Hathaway. It tells the story of young but headstrong Mattie Ross and her journey to avenge her father's death at the hands of a criminal named Tom Chaney. To do so, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn, a seasoned U.S. Marshal rumored to be a man with true grit. They are also accompanied by Texas Ranger La Bouef, who is seeking a reward for the capture of Tom Chaney, as well as to punish him for crimes committed in another state.

The remake released in 2010 is directed Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, a pair of brothers that have a respectable amount of good films under their belts.

I'm not the biggest fan of Westerns, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed both versions of this movie. They both have their strong points, I appreciated the additional storyline in the original and laughed at the well-written humorous dialogue of the remake. Overall I liked the remake better, but that's just my preference and they are both great films.

I actually had to turn subtitles on to understand Jeff Bridge's Rooster in some parts because his voice was so gruff, and you might also need to do so. That didn't bother me much though.

Both of these versions are available for instant streaming on Netflix if you have that. Don't like either of these movies? Yeah, well, you know, that's just like your opinion, man.


  1. I believe I have seen that movie. I like the older style movies. I'll have to watch them again on netflix.

  2. I've seen both versions, and both are very good, but I must say that I liked the remake better.

  3. I honestly like the remake more. Ive grown up in a different era

  4. I haven't seen both but how come their eye patches don't match?

  5. @Phrozen dunno maybe one of the images is flipped, wasn't paying enough attention while watching to see if it actually changed.