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* GeniusBonus: The conversation between Rooster and Lebeouf regarding the former's association with Quantrill's Raiders can come off as a moralistic overreaction (fully characteristic by this point) on LeBeouf's part to a former confederate soldier to those unfamiliar with the details of the American Civil War. Those familiar with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_massacre Quantrill's methods and actions]] are more likely to see it as the sudden tipping point in sympathies between the two characters.

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** The 1969 version was rated G despite a clear shot of someone's fingers getting chopped off, as well as some other comparatively mild scenes of violence, as well as some harsh profanity, some of which had to be edited to secure that G rating (yes, even in 1969, the MPAA was harsher on language than violence).


* TheSociopath: Mattie in the 2010 version. Although she is [[OffOnATechnicality too young]] for a formal diagnosis to be considered valid, her general lack of concern for the wants and needs of anyone outside herself coupled with her joyless disposition and all-too eager readiness to kill someone can make her come across as this.

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* EsotericHappyEnding: The 2010 version has Mattie lose one of her arms to a snakebite and she never sees Cogburn or Leboeuf again. In the epilogue, she gets the opportunity to meet Cogburn again, only to arrive a few days after he had died. She never actually learns what happened to Leboeuf. And on top of this, she ends the movie as a middle aged spinster as nobody wanted to marry a woman who was so interested in guns and business instead of more "proper" ladylike things. But on the bright side, they did bring Chaney and his gang to justice, which was their whole goal.

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** The scene where Reuben throws and kicks two Native American children off a porch. The fact that they were just tormenting a horse with sharp sticks probably helps lessen the blow and makes the scene come off as hilarious.


* TheSociopath: Mattie in the 2010 version. Although she is [[OffOnATechnicality too young]] for a formal diagnosis to be considered valid, her general lack of concern for the wants and needs of anyone outside herself coupled with her joyless disposition can make her come across as this.

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* TheSociopath: Mattie in the 2010 version. Although she is [[OffOnATechnicality too young]] for a formal diagnosis to be considered valid, her general lack of concern for the wants and needs of anyone outside herself coupled with her joyless disposition and all-too eager readiness to kill someone can make her come across as this.


* TheSociopath: Though Mattie is [[OffOnATechnicality too young]] for a formal diagnosis to be considered valid, her general lack of concern for the wants and needs of anyone outside herself coupled with her joyless disposition can make her come across as this.

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* TheSociopath: Though Mattie in the 2010 version. Although she is [[OffOnATechnicality too young]] for a formal diagnosis to be considered valid, her general lack of concern for the wants and needs of anyone outside herself coupled with her joyless disposition can make her come across as this.


** The film's AwesomeMusic wasn't even eligible, due to it being heavily based on existing Christian hymns.

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** The film's AwesomeMusic SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic wasn't even eligible, due to it being heavily based on existing Christian hymns.


* AwesomeMusic: Music/ElmerBernstein....being Elmer Bernstein.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/ElmerBernstein....being Elmer Bernstein.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The encounter with the Bear Man. Both Rooster and Mattie are... er, a tad confused.
*** The encounter ''is'' mentioned later on in the book, though. The 2010 film version has a throwaway line from Rooster after [=LaBoeuf=] nearly bites his tongue off about how "that doctor's probably miles away now."
** Everything from the moment Mattie falls into the snake pit, at least in the 2010 film version, just piles a lot of unnecessary suffering on the main characters without contributing anything to the plot, which is effectively over by that point - the bad guys are dead, Mattie's father is avenged, and the protagonists have finally gotten over their collective issues. It turns a largely unambiguous happy ending into something very, ''very'' bittersweet at best for no good reason other than to make the work DarkerAndEdgier.



* HilariousInHindsight: In both films, Mattie never gets married. Which seems odd when you look at how [[http://flamingnose.blogspot.com/2014/07/summer-nose-talgia-14-happy-birthday.html Kim Darby]] and Creator/HaileeSteinfeld looked when they got older. [[note]]However, it does reinforce the implication in the latter film that Mattie fell in love with Rooster. Or at least explain why people might think that.[[/note]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: In both films, Mattie never gets married. Which seems odd when you look at how [[http://flamingnose.blogspot.com/2014/07/summer-nose-talgia-14-happy-birthday.html Kim Darby]] and Creator/HaileeSteinfeld looked when they got older. [[note]]However, it does reinforce the implication in the latter film that Mattie fell in love with Rooster. Or at least explain why people might think that.[[/note]]

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** [[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Private Ryan]] [[spoiler: snipes [[ColdSniper Private]] [[Creator/BarryPepper Jackson]].]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: In both films, Mattie never gets married. Which seems odd when you look at how [[http://flamingnose.blogspot.com/2014/07/summer-nose-talgia-14-happy-birthday.html Kim Darby]] and Creator/HaileeSteinfeld looked when they got older. [[note]]However, it does reinforce the implication in the latter film that Mattie fell in love with Rooster. Or at least explain why people might think that.[[/note]]

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* AwardCategoryFraud: Hailee Steinfeld being nominated as Supporting Actress.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The encounter with the Bear Man. Both Rooster and Mattie are... er, a tad confused.
** The encounter ''is'' mentioned later on in the book, though. The 2010 film version has a throwaway line from Rooster after [=LaBoeuf=] nearly bites his tongue off about how "that doctor's probably miles away now."

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
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The encounter with the Bear Man. Both Rooster and Mattie are... er, a tad confused.
** *** The encounter ''is'' mentioned later on in the book, though. The 2010 film version has a throwaway line from Rooster after [=LaBoeuf=] nearly bites his tongue off about how "that doctor's probably miles away now.""
** Everything from the moment Mattie falls into the snake pit, at least in the 2010 film version, just piles a lot of unnecessary suffering on the main characters without contributing anything to the plot, which is effectively over by that point - the bad guys are dead, Mattie's father is avenged, and the protagonists have finally gotten over their collective issues. It turns a largely unambiguous happy ending into something very, ''very'' bittersweet at best for no good reason other than to make the work DarkerAndEdgier.


** Music/JohnnyCash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in the remake's trailer.
** "River Crossing," also from the remake.



* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music Of Awesome]]:
** Music/JohnnyCash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in the remake's trailer.
** "River Crossing," also from the remake.

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