When her father is murdered by one of his employees, Tom Chaney, young Mattie Ross is determined to see justice done. It seems the justice system isn't up to the job so she has to hire a man with "true grit" to track Chaney down. She hires a one-eyed drunk, Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, to find the man and see him punished. She and Rooster are joined in the hunt by Texas Ranger Le Boeuf who is after Chaney for the killing of a Waco senator and his bird-dog.
Normally I don't watch Westerns, but this one is something special. The script is well written and funny and the actors are well suited for their roles. Mattie is an extremely serious and efficient young lady who stands for no nonsense; trained to be her father's bookkeeper, she drives a hard bargain and isn't about to be gulled by anyone. She expresses herself very clearly and precisely in clipped sentences, avoiding the use of contractions, rarely laughs and doesn't appear to appreciate jokes. But she's very funny, and so is Rooster. She introduces herself to Rooster in a court house where he's just been cross-examined by s defence lawyer - one of the professionals he refers to as "pettifogging lawyers". The dialogue is unusually articulate for a Western. The "true grit" turns out to be equally distributed between Mattie, Rooster and Le Boeuf. The three come to respect each other and Rooster and Mattie are almost like father and daughter in the end. It's an excellent film with wonderful characters - including the pettifogging lawyers, the auctioneer and the criminals.