Parents' Guide to

True Grit (1969)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic Western has memorable characters, gun violence.

Movie G 1969 128 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Stereotypes and Racism abound

I wish I had known and been told about the racial stereotypes for persons of Asian culture (John wayne’s “Nephew”), native Americans treated as ignorant and spoken of as scalped is “best”, and women in the hierarchy of patriarchy with their gender roles of serving “their man”. Parents should be aware and ready to discuss these teachable moments with their children. We all need to do our parts to teach history and HOW it has been told through only ONE perspective, a A white, cisgendered, male.
age 12+

Good Western Is Fine For Tweens

Parents should know that, though not as violent as the remake, this movie still has the finger-chopping scene, some (mostly) bloodless gun-play, and infrequent mild profanity. Also, the remake is objectively better quality-wise.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This is an entertaining American Western classic. True Grit combines action, suspense, fascinating characters, and spectacular landscapes, serving as a textbook introduction to the genre -- and to its star, Wayne, who won his only Oscar for his role here as Rooster. Depicted as his equal, teen Mattie is a remarkable lead who feels ahead of her time. Audiences will enjoy watching her put older men who bully her in their place, as she more than holds her own. Darby's captivating portrayal of the character is the movie's brightest spot. That said, other aspects of the film, such as sexually charged violence against a young woman and racist characterizations, are tougher to watch.

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