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“True Grit” — then and now

I stumbled upon the trailer for the Coen Brothers’ reboot of “True Grit,” with Jeff Bridges taking on the thankless task of sliding into John Wayne’s boots as Rooster Cogburn. I have to admire the spunk of a movie whose tagline (at the end of the trailer) is “Retribution. This Christmas.” You can see the trailer below. And just below that, the trailer for the original from over 40 years ago (has it REALLY been that long?!)

Grit, and movie trailers, seem to have changed in the intervening years.

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MD Catholic

posted October 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

I like Jeff Bridges, but there is only one True Grit, the Duke himself, the Honorable John Wayne! ‘nuf said!

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posted October 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

I loved John Wayne. But the new version has a more genuine look for the period. Western flicks up to the late seventies looked phony as far as the customs, towns and general look of the pictures. It was funny to see people supposedly in the 1870’s and 1880’s dress in customs that they would never had in real life. Well, you just sold a ticket for the new movie, I want to see it now.

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posted October 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’m with Rudy. Men’s hairstyles are usually a dead give-away for when a western movie was made. No self-respecting 19th century male would be seen dead with Glen Campbell’s carefully blowdried hair. On the other hand, there is no real reason to believe that westerners all went for the scruffy, dare we say grunge, look now apparently de rigeur.
Of course, today’s movies may in the future be seen as phony for reasons we can’t even think of yet.

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posted October 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I think they are each endearing own special reasons, sort of how you cannot really compare the 1989 Batman to the new ones that Christopher Nolan has made in terms of style and themes.
On a side note, I like how the original movie is rated mature. Oh, how standards have changed.

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posted October 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I was a fan of John Wayne when I was a child, but I’ve grown up some. Still both movies look like fun. But of course that’s what trailers are supposed to do.

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Ron T.

posted October 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

It was great that “True Grit” provided John Wayne with his long-deserved Academy Award, but that rattlesnake that bit Kim Darby deserved one for Best Supporting Actor, too.

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