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The Duke and the Dude

The remake of 'True Grit' shows the enduring power of a genre

Skydance Productions, The Kobal Collection

Jeff Bridges with Hailee Steinfeld: updating John Wayne
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"True grit"—once known as "sand" and not to be confused with cojones—is terse praise for the bedrock quality desired in the American male. Stoic, hard-edged, and laconic, the gruff embodiment of Hemingway's "grace under pressure" and Tom Wolfe's...

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