|Theatrical release poster|
|Directed by||Quentin Tarantino|
|Written by||Quentin Tarantino|
|Editing by||Fred Raskin|
|Studio||A Band Apart|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company (North America) Columbia Pictures (International)|
|Running time||165 minutes|
Django Unchained is a 2012 American western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released on December 25, 2012 in North America.
Set in the Pre-Civil War Era of the Deep South, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across America with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner (DiCaprio). The film received positive reviews from critics.
Django (Jamie Foxx) and his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) are sold at a slave auction. While Broomhilda is sold to an unknown buyer, Django is bought by the Speck brothers. When Django and a number of slaves are being transported across the country, the Speck brothers are confronted by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter who uses his former profession as a dentist as a cover. Schultz frees Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the other trapped. He reveals that he sought out Django because Django can identify the Brittle brothers, a band of ruthless killers with a price on their heads. Although Schultz confesses that his bounty hunting profession is opportunistic, he also emphasizes to Django that he “despises slavery”, and the two come to an agreement: in exchange for helping locate the Brittle brothers, Schultz will free Django from slavery and give him $75 plus a horse. Django agrees, and the two go after the Brittle gang. After hunting down and killing the Brittle brothers, Schultz takes on Django as his associate in bounty hunting. Django is initially uneasy about his new-found role, but soon proves himself to be talented.
After collecting a number of bounties, Schultz and Django confirm that Broomhilda’s current owner is Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a plantation owner who is as charming as he is brutal. On his plantation, Candyland, male slaves are trained to fight to the death for sport, while female slaves are forced into prostitution. After getting an invitation to Candyland, they devise a plan where the two of them pose as potential purchasers of one of Candie’s slave fighters to reach Broomhilda. Upon their arrival, Schultz introduces Django as his equal, which causes hostility at Candyland, where racism is extreme. They are shocked to witness a slave executed by having attack dogs tear him apart, but quickly come to an agreement to purchase a fighting slave. Schultz offers to purchase Broomhilda, claiming that as a fortuitous coincidence he noticed that Broomhilda speaks German and felt that she would help alleviate his nostalgia for his mother tongue. Candie agrees.
The plan goes awry when Candie’s head slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) realizes that Schultz and Django are more interested in Broomhilda than purchasing a fighter.
I went into this movie with no expectations. I love a good western style film and Django delivered. There was cheesy 60s/70s music, and violence galore, gun slinging, trash talking, crooked sheriffs, nasty slavers, the works. The overuse of the “N” word was shocking to some, but in that time period it was common, so
the usage is historically correct. Tarantino didn’t skimp on the violence from
the original. In fact, in true ‘Kill Bill’ style, the blood bath flows like wine
at a dinner party. The characters and actors are superb. Sam Jackson is amazing,
and Leonardo is a convincing slaver. If you are squeamish and don’t want to see
a glimpse of how life really was for slaves back then, then don’t watch. Though
I suggest that anyone who still thinks there are still slave like conditions
this day in America should suffer through it.
It is refreshing to see
that part of history depicted raw and realistic, untainted with political
This is how we learn.
While still in theaters, it is
available in DVD and Blue Ray at Amazon. Django
Unchained [Blu-ray] The minute it is available for download to my Kindle
Fire I will add it to my collection.
This remake from the 60s is gritty
and violent. 4 stars and recommended. – MR
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