True Grit

Introduction

True Grit is a 1968 novel by Charles Portis that was first published as a 1968 serial in The Saturday Evening Post.[1] The novel is told from the perspective of a woman named Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 and sought retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel, Tom Chaney. It is considered by some critics[2][3] to be "one of the great American novels."

The novel was adapted for the screenplay of the 1969 film True Grit starring Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, Glen Campbell as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf and John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, along with Robert Duvall and Strother Martin.

Six years later, in 1975, Wayne reprised his Academy Award-winning role as the tough hard drinking one-eyed lawman in the sequel film Rooster Cogburn with co-star Katharine Hepburn, Richard Jordan, Anthony Zerbe, Strother Martin and John McIntire.

In 2010, Joel and Ethan Coen wrote and directed another film adaption of the same name, which starred Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross, Matt Damon as LaBoeuf and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn.

In November 2010, The Overlook Press published a movie tie-in edition of the second film version of True Grit.


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