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Culture Club: Readers review True Grit

Readers review this week's big film

True Grit (15): The IoS review

The Coen brothers' new Western begins with a verse from Proverbs – "The wicked flee when none pursues".

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True Grit: Coens are still calling the shots

As the remake of True Grit hits our screens, the Coen brothers tell James Mottram why this acclaimed version of the classic Western is among their best work

True Grit, By Charles Portis

If the Oscar for best actor depends largely on the character portrayed, I'd be voting for an over-the-hill, drunken, one-eyed US deputy marshal rather than a stuttering king. John Wayne won his only Oscar for his bravura portrayal of Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn and the same role has put Jeff Bridges in the running this year. Yet the murderous lawman is not the central figure in True Grit. Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old farm girl who hires Cogburn to bring in her father's killer, is both protagonist and narrator of the yarn.

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