Trivia / True Grit

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains:
    • #36 Hero, Rooster Cogburn (1969 film)
  • Award Category Fraud: Despite Mattie being the protagonist of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld for The Coen Brothers' adaptation was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress" while her co-star Jeff Bridges was nominated for Best Actor. note 
  • Billing Displacement: In the 2010 film, Josh Brolin is billed third and above the title, but doesn't appear until an hour in and has somewhat less presence.
    • And Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, despite being the protagonist, is the last name to appear in the credits. This may be partially due to it being her first film.
  • California Doubling:
    • 1969 version — The story takes place in the Ozarks, but the landscape in the movie doesn't look like the Ozarks. In fact, it was shot in Colorado and California. The contrast between the tall granite snow covered peaks of the Rockies and High Sierras, and the actual weathered hills of the Ouachita, Boston, and Arbuckle mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas is so extreme, this veers into The Mountains of Illinois territory. No, you can't actually go skiing in Oklahoma.
    • 2010 version — Set in Eastern Oklahoma, shot in New Mexico and Texas. As anyone familiar with Oklahoma (or New Mexico and Texas!) can tell you, they don't really look alike.
  • Creator Backlash: For the 1969 version:
    • Henry Hathaway later said he hated Glen Campbell's performance, which he described as wooden, and claimed the singer was only cast so he could have a hit with the theme song which would help promote the film.
    • John Wayne was not pleased with the finished film. He greatly disliked Kim Darby's performance, and while promoting the film for its U.S. release in June 1969, he told interviewers that he had starred in much better films, citing Stagecoach as an example. Hathaway also felt she was wrong for the part.
  • The Danza: Barry Pepper plays Lucky Ned Pepper.
  • Dawson Casting: In the book, Mattie is about fourteen — and prepubescent.
    • 1969 film: Kim Darby, who was well into her twenties.
    • 2010 film: Hailee Steinfeld, who was 13 at the time.
    • Rooster Cogburn was supposed to be around 40. John Wayne and Jeff Bridges were both 61.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: In the 2010 film, a woman missing her left forearm (due to a birth defect) was hired to play older Mattie in shots that don't show her face. She winds up having more screen time than the actress that plays older Mattie, mostly due to the long shot at the end of Mattie walking away from Rooster's grave that lasts into the credits.
  • Playing Against Type: John Wayne usually played straight heroes, not middle-aged drunken Anti Heroes.
  • What Could Have Been:
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