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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
True Grit: Read the book and watch the films.
True Grit by Charles Portis first started out as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post in 1968. Mattie Ross, 14 years old, tracks Tom Chaney, the man who murdered her father. Mattie hires U. S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn to apprehend her father’s murderer. Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf, soon joins them on the hunt for Tom Chaney into Indian Territory.
Shortly thereafter, in 1969, the book was adapted for the screen starring John Wayne as Cogburn with Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and Glen Campbell as LaBoeuf.
In 2010, True Grit was remade with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, Haliee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and Matt Damon as LaBoeuf.
Very successful at the box office, True Grit garnered many Academy Award nominations and Academy Awards for John Wayne and Jeff Bridges. True Grit: book and movie versions are available in our library and through the Arrowhead Library System Interlibrary Loan.