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USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Paramount Pictures UK
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld, Bruce Green, Mike Watson, Paul Rae, Ed Corbin, Leon Russom, Dakin Matthews, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel, Candyce Hinkle, Roy Lee Jones
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
USA & UK: 110 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for Some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images
UK Certificate: 15 contains scenes of violence
USA Release Date: 22 December 2010
UK Release Date: 11 February 2011
TRUE GRIT is a mythic Western adventure story of vengeance and valour from Academy Award® winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, whose stirring adaptation hones in on the plain-spoken humour, bold storytelling and rough beauty of Charles Portis' classic American novel.
The time is the 1870s, the setting frontier America just after the Civil War, and the taleteller is Mattie Ross, who at 14 years-old journeys to Fort Smith, Arkansas determined to extract justice for the death of her father, shot in cold blood. Highlighted by a cast that includes Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (CRAZY HEART), Academy Award® nominee Matt Damon (INVICTUS), Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (MILK), Barry Pepper (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as one of literature's most stout hearted young heroines, TRUE GRIT is written for the screen and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Robert Graf, David Ellison, Paul Schwake and Megan Ellison.
Mattie Ross (14 year-old Hailee Steinfeld) arrives in Fort Smith as her family's sole representative, in search of the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), who is said to have killed her father for two gold pieces before setting out into Indian Territory as a fugitive. Beholden to follow Chaney and see him hanged, Mattie enlists the help of a man rumored to be the most ruthless US Marshal in town - the trigger-happy, drunken Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). Mattie persuades Cogburn, despite his many objections, to agree to hunt down Chaney.
Chaney however, is already the target of the talkative Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who is also on a mission to catch the killer and bring him back to Texas for an ample reward, which brings the trio to collide on the trail. Each wilful and stubborn, each driven by their own rough moral codes, this unlikely posse rides towards an unpredictable reckoning, as they find themselves enveloped in the stuff of legend: mischief and brutality, courage and disillusion, doggedness and unalloyed love.