by Charles Portis
True Grit Resources
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Did you notice a conspicuous near-absence of Native American voices in True Grit? You can find out more about Native American storytelling and art at this PBS website.
Watch the trailer and more at this flashy (LOL) website for the 2010 film adaptation.
The trailer quotes Time magazine: "True Grit is good enough for me; it is good enough for you, and if it isn't good enough for some movie company, then the free enterprise system is really going to hell." Yeah, we got nothing to add to that.
This trailer to the 2010 movie is a lot sleeker, but is it better?
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This 1969 film earned John Wayne his only Oscar.
This 1975 film Rooster Cogburn has Wayne reprising his role as Rooster alongside Katharine Hepburn.
Some say that the 2010 movie adaptation—nominated for 10 Oscars and awarded zero—preserves the spirit of the novel better than the 1969 film. Watch them both, and then drop us a line and tell us what you think.
Check out this preview of the novel, then pick up your very own copy.
We italicize the The because, no joke, this is the only interview with Charles Portis we could find.
Roger Ebert's review of the 2010 film adaptation of True Grit.
A short story by Charles Portis in The Atlantic Monthly.
Interested in Charles Portis' war experience? If so, check out this autobiographical piece.
The title says it all: some interesting history on True Grit and its author from the ever-classy New Yorker.
A review of the 2010 movie
Joel and Ethan share their experience adapting the novel to screen.
Fascinated by Rooster's eyelessness? Read on.
Rest your weary eyes and check out this excerpt from the audio version of the novel.
What can we say? Sometimes the truly gritty smoke.
The 1969 Time magazine cover featuring John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn
This isn't exactly how we picture Mattie—she never uses a shotgun and doesn't wear a dress, but good old blue jeans. But we'll let it slide.