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In this gritty gunslinger, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires a trigger-happy U.S. Marshal named "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help her capture the man (Josh Brolin) who murdered her father. The spunky girl also insists on accompanying the oft-drunk, disreputable lawman. Later, their posse is joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who has his own reasons for tracking Chaney.
Why Is True Grit Rated PG-13?
True Grit is rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.
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Violence: The film contains frequent portrayals of shootings, hangings and corpses. Bloody gunfire injuries are seen, along with a character whose face is splattered with blood after he shoots a man in the head. One man has his fingers cut off before being stabbed. (The bloody stumps are seen on the table.) Characters talk about men who were tortured in various ways before being killed.A female teen is spanked and hit with a switch. She is later kidnapped, thrown to the ground and threatened with a knife at her throat. Decaying bodies are shown. A character is roped and dragged behind a horse. A man has blood on his face after biting through his tongue. A young girl shoots a man in the stomach and later fires on him again. A rattlesnake bites a character. A horse is shot. A character has her hand sliced with a knife to help remove poison. Characters are hit and beaten.
Sexual Content: A man admits his desire to kiss a young girl.
Language: The script contains a handful of mild profanities and several terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A girl rolls cigarettes for a man. Numerous characters frequently smoke cigarettes or pipes. Characters drink on several occasions. One man is repeatedly depicted as being drunk.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of True Grit...
True Grit releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack) on June 7, 2011, with the following bonus extras:
- Matties True Grit
- From Bustles to BuckskinDressing for the 1880s
- Re-Creating Fort Smith
- The Cast
- Colts, Winchesters & Remingtons: The Guns of a Post-Civil War Western
- Charles PortisThe Greatest Writer Youve Never Heard Of
- The Cinematography of True Grit
- Theatrical Trailer