Skip to comments.Shootout at the 'True Grit' corral: Which film wins?
Posted on 02/11/2012 7:35:30 PM PST by WilliamIII
The two versions of "True Grit" are like Athens, Greece, and Athens, Georgia: They've got the same name, but they're in totally different worlds. Yet for all their differences, both Westerns found plenty of fans and got plenty of Oscar attention. John Wayne was named Best Actor for the 1969 original, and the 2010 remake, directed by the Coen brothers, competes for 10 Oscars on Feb. 27, including Best Picture and Best Director. So which movie is better? Take a look at these comparisons and decide which version you think is the truest
and the grittiest.
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It didn’t win anything if I remember correct.
And John Wayne was the best. No doubt about it.
I love the Duke and the first one . . . but the second one was my favorite. No real reason, just liked it a little better. Seemed more “real” I suppose.
Duke > Coen bros. All day long.
No, it didn’t. I think Hailee Steinfeld should have won for supporting actress, though.
I vote for John Wayne.
The first one was better IMO. It’s probably my favorite movie to watch while drinking too a little much hard liquor.
I’ll go with the original.
I liked Jeff Bridges but Brolin and a few others spoke unnaturally formal for their characters. Didn’t fit. And the girl was okay but not great as an actress. People wanted to love the movie and I think that was part of the hype.
My book Club just read True Grit. We agreed the book was at least as much about the grit of the girl as about Rooster Cogburn. Of those who had also viewed both films, the recent one was judged “more real”.
Never go against The Duke!
It’s too bad he didn’t live long enough to see RR elected.
For me, the dialog between Kim Darby and Strother Martin just rockets the original True Grit into first place.
I vote for “Rio Bravo”.. oh wait...
The new one had a little more realism here and there, but the actors were mostly annoying. I did think Bridges did a great job in the courtroom scene. But John Wayne is an American institution, and I’ll never vote against him.
these pictures were no way alike.
John Wayne wore his patch over his left eye. Jeff Bridges over the right.
I love that one!
Another one I’ve grown to really, really like is Brannigan...older Wayne was cool!
"the 2010 remake, directed by the Coen brothers, competes for 10 Oscars on Feb. 27, including Best Picture and Best Director." (From the article)
Are you watching the movie now? :)
I would say of course “True Grit” was about the girl. And Kim Darby’s verbal wrangling with both Martin and Cambell was great. But Duke and the rat scene was the best. Recent version good, first one better.
One of my favorites is John Ford’s The Searchers. Wayne was great in the movie along with Red River and Rio Grande... but the True Grit best of the two goes to the Coen Brothers, sorry Duke.
Bridges movie held the book close to the vest as evidenced in the girl’s later life....John Wayne was born to play Rooster Cogburn
Much as I like the Coen Bros, there isn’t any doubt. Anyone who says otherwise, well, that’s just mighty bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!
Mattie Ross: Do you need a good lawyer?
Lucky Ned Pepper: I need a good judge.
no, just too busy to proofread.
I agree; including Glenn Campbell’s character. His speech sounded like he thought he might be in a Shakespeare play. But because of The Duke, the original was better.
He and Kate Hepburn were great in Rooster Cogburn, too. In fact, I’d put Grit and Rooster side-by-side.
“I like true grits, but only have time for instant in the morning...”
“No true southerner would eat instant grits.”
“It takes the entire grit-eating world twenty minutes to cook their grits...”
I agree. The dialogue was much closer to the way people talked then. The girl who played Mattie is much better.
Do you mean the writ, wrote for a rat, that he served, forthwith? To quit eating Chin-Lee's corn?
Drunk as a skunk in elderberries, he was.
Can't say I see a problem with that.
Kim was too old for the part, by about five years.
As far as I know, I am the only human on earth who has accomplished that. I deserved to be on Letterman but he never called.
These two youts...
I prefer the new one. It was a far superior movie.
Umm, yeah, that was February 2011. The results are in. :-)
How is a 2010 movie eligible for the current Oscars? Can they keep going until they win?
I have a friend who was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois. After he got out of the Army, he lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for a few years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. This past fall he retired out west and settled in the town of Louisville, Colorado.
“Now, look here, rat. This here’s a rat writ, writ for a rat, ordering you to cease eating Chin-Lee’s corn, and this is lawful service of same.” *BLAM*
From what I understand, the “formal” language seen in the Coen movie was put in because it is closer to the novel...in reality, it is truer to how people would have spoken at the time...a look at the letters from that time period shows that even the least educated (by today’s standards; they didn’t go beyond 8th grade usually) spoke and wrote MUCH better than most students today.
It takes the entire grit-eating world twenty minutes to cook their grits...
I also like the John Wayne version.
(and loved My Cousin Vinny)
“This is a Rat Writ ‘rit for a rat and lawful service of same...’’
LOL! That’s what came to my mind as well when they said they only had time for instant grits. And the photo you posted with the tape measure I had thought of just a couple of days ago. A rare sunny day here in Seattle and the sun was glaring in the kitchen window that was so faucet splattered and rain splattered that I couldn’t see out! (Its okay now though - its raining again!).
Exactly my thoughts. I mean, I’m old but not that old lol, but I felt, “so this is what it was like to live then.”.
But I've suffered through the next morning scene more than should be allowed for a natural man.
So you wake up in a saggy bed with a cat on your chest, with a small child waving money in your face to go chase a man into Oklahoma territory....
I'd roll over and go back to sleep and re-arrange the cat. Or teach it flying lessons.
I have a friend who was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois. After he got out of the Army, he lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for a few years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. This past fall he retired out west and settled in the town of Louisville, Colorado.”
Name isn’t Jimmy James, is it?
The Arkansas side of my family refers to Charles Portis as a cousin. I remember meeting him once when I was much younger. Keep in mind that in Arkasas the definition of cousin is quite flexible. It can include those who are cousin by blood as well as those who are cousin by strength of your regard for them. He has a very distinctive voice in his writings. You should read Norwood.
I can’t think of a film in which I prefer the remake to the original. Although I’ve never seen the 1910 version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” I prefer the 1925 version of the story, titled “The Wizard of Oz,” over the 1939 remake. The same goes for the 1954 TV film “Casino Royale,” remade in 1967, “Little Caesar” (1931), remade in 1991, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956), remade in 1978, and “Ben Hur” (1925), remade in 1959.
One of the worst movies I ever saw was the 1995 version of “The Scarlet Letter” because it made hash of the original story. On the other hand, the 1925 version remains a classic.