Calvinists Ride Again

‘True Grit’

As True Grit begins, the off-screen voice of its fourteen-year-old heroine, Mattie Ross, tells us that her father was murdered by his hired hand Tom Chaney in an Arkansas town of the 1870s, and that Chaney escaped when no citizen dared stand in his way. The tone of the speech is both ingenuous and determined,...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.