True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, stars Jeff Bridges in a role made famous by John Wayne in the first film version of True Grit (directed by Henry Hathaway in 1969). Rather than remake the original film, the Coens have directed an alternative adaptation of the source novel. Both films are reasonably faithful to the novel, though the new version is less expurgated; both include the classic "Fill your hand..." line.
Bridges previously starred in The Big Lebowski, though True Grit is an atypical Coen brothers production. A conventional western genre film with few of the off-beat elements the Coens are known for, it's a long way from the revisionism of Blood Simple or the eccentricities of Barton Fink. As in No Country For Old Men, Roger Deakins has produced epic widescreen cinematography.