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 antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, 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 acclaim from critics.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Plot
In 1858, several male slaves are being transported across the country by the Speck Brothers. In their group is Django (Jamie Foxx), who has been separated from his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) when both were sold to different buyers at a slave auction earlier. The Speck brothers encounter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist and, unbeknownst to them, a bounty hunter. Schultz frees Django and shoots one of the Speck brothers in the head, leaving the other to be killed by the slaves. Schultz reveals that he sought out Django to aid him in identifying the Brittle brothers, a band of ruthless killers working for a plantation owner. 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 and 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 Candie’s plantation, Candyland, some of his male slaves are trained as “Mandingos”, to fight to the death for sport. After getting an invitation to Candyland, they devise a plan where the two of them pose as potential purchasers of one of Candie’s Mandingos to reach Broomhilda. Upon their arrival, Schultz introduces Django as a free man, 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 Mandingo. Schultz offers to purchase Broomhilda as an addition, claiming that he noticed that Broomhilda speaks German, and felt that she would help alleviate his nostalgia for his mother tongue. Candie agrees to the sale.
The plan goes awry when Candie’s staunch head slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), who is racist like his white entourage, realizes that Schultz and Django are more interested in Broomhilda than purchasing a Mandingo. Correctly deducing that Django and Broomhilda know each other, Stephen informs Candie, who, armed with this information, demands $12,000 for Broomhilda or else he will kill her in front of them. Left with no other choice, they agree, but Candie’s humiliating behavior enrages Schultz. Schultz kills Candie after the paperwork finalizing the sale is completed, but Schultz is shot and killed in turn as Django tries to escape Candyland. Django slaughters some of Candie’s men in the household before he surrenders, as Stephen threatens to order Broomhilda’s death. As punishment, Calvin’s sister Lara arranges for Django to be sent to a coal mine and worked to death. En route to the mine, Django convinces the slave drivers that he is a bounty hunter, showing them the handbill from his first kill as proof of his claims. Once freed, he kills the slave drivers and rides back to Candyland.
Returning to the plantation, Django discovers Schultz’s body and takes the certificate of freedom that Candie signed for Broomhilda as part of the purchase agreement before his death. Venturing into the mansion, he kills the gunmen and Lara, planting dynamite as he goes. He leaves Stephen wounded inside and rides away with Broomhilda, leaving him to die as the dynamite explodes and destroys the Candie mansion.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Cast
Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman
Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin J. Candie
Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft
Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen
Walton Goggins as Billy Crash
Dennis Christopher as Leonide Moguy
James Remar as Butch Pooch
David Steen as Mr. Stonecipher
Dana Michelle Gourrier as Cora
Nichole Galicia as Sheba
Laura Cayouette as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
Ato Essandoh as D’Artagnan
Sammi Rotibi as Rodney
Clay Donahue Fontenot
Escalante Lundy as Big Fred
Miriam F. Glover as Betina
Don Johnson as Big Daddy
Other roles include James Russo as Dicky Speck, James Remar (in a double role) as Ace Speck, Tom Wopat as U.S. Marshall Gill Tatum, Don Stroud as Sheriff Bill Sharp, Russ Tamblyn as Son of a Gunfighter, Amber Tamblyn as Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter, Bruce Dern as Old Man Carrucan, M. C. Gainey as Big John Brittle, Cooper Huckabee as Lil Raj Brittle, Doc Duhame as Ellis Brittle, Jonah Hill as Bag Head #2, and Lee Horsley as Sheriff Gus (Snowy Snow). Zoë Bell, Michael Bowen, Robert Carradine, Jake Garber, Ted Neeley, James Parks, and Tom Savini play trackers, while Michael Parks, John Jarratt, and Quentin Tarantino play The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employees.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Production
Django Unchained – Development
In 2007, Quentin Tarantino, speaking with The Daily Telegraph, discussed an idea for a form of spaghetti western set in America’s pre-Civil War Deep South which he called “a southern,” stating that he wanted “to do movies that deal with America’s horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they’re genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it’s ashamed of it, and other countries don’t really deal with because they don’t feel they have the right to.”
Tarantino finished the script on April 26, 2011, and handed in the final draft to The Weinstein Company. In October 2012, frequent Tarantino collaborator RZA said that he and Tarantino had intended to crossover Django Unchained with RZA’s Tarantino-presented martial-arts film The Man with the Iron Fists. The crossover would have seen a younger version of RZA’s blacksmith character appear as a slave in an auction. Scheduling conflicts prevented RZA’s participation.
One inspiration for the film is Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western Django, with star Franco Nero having a cameo in Django Unchained. Another inspiration is the 1975 film Mandingo, about a slave trained to fight other slaves. Tarantino included scenes in the snow as an homage to The Great Silence. “Silenzio takes place in the snow. I liked the action in the snow so much, Django Unchained has a big snow section in the middle,” Tarantino said in an interview with The Guardian.
Django Unchained – Title
The title of the film alludes to the title of the aforementioned 1966 Corbucci film Django, as well the films Hercules Unchained, the American title for the 1959 Italian epic fantasy film Ercole e la regina di Lidia, which deals with the a mythical hero’s escape from enslavement to a wicked master; and Angel Unchained, the 1970 American biker film that deals with a biker exacting revenge on a large group of rednecks. Django Unchained is the third feature film in cinema history to use the title convention of a proper noun followed by the expression, “unchained.”
Django Unchained – Casting
Among those considered for the title role of Django, Michael K. Williams and Will Smith were mentioned as possibilities, but in the end Jamie Foxx was cast in the role. Additionally, Franco Nero was rumored for the role of Calvin Candie. Kevin Costner was in negotiations to join as Ace Woody, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Kurt Russell was cast instead, but also later left the role. When Kurt Russell dropped out, the role of Ace Woody was not recast but instead the character was merged with Walton Goggins’ character, Billy Crash.
Jonah Hill was offered the role of Scotty in the film, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Watch. On June 15, 2012 it was announced that Hill was available and joined the cast, but in an unspecified role. On April 4, 2012, Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced that he would be unable to star in the film because of a prior commitment to make his directorial debut on Don Jon’s Addiction. Gordon-Levitt explained, “I would have loved, loved to have done it. He’s one of my very favorite filmmakers.” The film also marks the appearance of a few famous film and TV stars of the past, including Tom Wopat, Bruce Dern, Franco Nero (the original “Django” from the Italian 1966 film), Michael Parks, and Don Johnson.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Filming
Principal photography for Django Unchained started in California in November 2011, Wyoming in February 2012, and at the National Historic Landmark Evergreen Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans in March 2012. The film was shot in the anamorphic format on 35 mm film. After 130 shooting days, the film wrapped up principal photography in late July 2012.
Django Unchained was the first Tarantino film not to be edited by Sally Menke, who died in 2010. Editing duties were instead handled by Fred Raskin, who had worked as an assistant editor in Tarantino’s previous films.
Django Unchained – Music
The film features both original as well as existing music tracks. Tracks composed purposely for the film are “100 Black Coffins” by Rick Ross and produced by and featuring Jamie Foxx, “Who Did That To You?” by John Legend, “Ancora Qui” by Ennio Morricone and Elisa, and “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton. Musician Frank Ocean also wrote an original song for the film’s soundtrack, but was rejected by Tarantino who explained that “Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it.” Frank Ocean later published the song, entitled Wiseman on his Tumblr blog. Tarantino has stated several times through the years that he avoids using full scores of original music out of fear for not liking the composer’s work and rejecting it. The film’s soundtrack album was released on December 18, 2012.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Distribution
Django Unchained – Marketing
The first teaser poster was inspired by a fan-art poster by Italian artist Federico Mancosu. His artwork was published in May 2011, a few days after the synopsis and the official title release. In August 2012, at director Quentin Tarantino’s request, the production companies bought the concept artwork from Mancosu to use for promotional purposes as well as on the crew passes and clothing for staff during filming.
Django Unchained – Release
Django Unchained was released on December 25, 2012 in the United States by The Weinstein Company and is scheduled for release on January 18, 2013 by Sony Pictures Releasing International in the United Kingdom. The film was screened for the first time at the Directors Guild of America on December 1, 2012, with additional screening events having been held for critics leading up to the film’s wide release. The premiere of Django was canceled following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Django Unchained – Reception
Django Unchained – Critical response
The film has received very positive reviews and has garnered a rating of 89% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 153 critical reviews with an average rating of 7.9 out of 10. The consensus of opinion was: “Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.” Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, reports the film with a score of 80, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Peter Bradshaw, film critic for The Guardian, awarded the film five stars. Wrote Bradshaw: “I can only say Django delivers, wholesale, that particular narcotic and delirious pleasure that Tarantino still knows how to confect in the cinema, something to do with the manipulation of surfaces. It’s as unwholesome, deplorable and delicious as a forbidden cigarette.” Writing in The New York Times, critic A. O. Scott compared Django to Tarantino’s earlier Inglourious Basterds: “Like ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ “Django Unchained” is crazily entertaining, brazenly irresponsible and also ethically serious in a way that is entirely consistent with its playfulness.” Designating the film a Times ‘critics’ pick,’ Scott said Django is “a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism.”
Owen Gleiberman, film critic for the Entertainment Weekly, wrote that “Django isn’t nearly the film that Inglourious was. It’s less clever, and it doesn’t have enough major characters — or enough of Tarantino’s trademark structural ingenuity — to earn its two-hour-and-45-minute running time.” In his review for the Indy Week, David Fellerath wrote: “Django Unchained shows signs that Tarantino did little research beyond repeated viewings of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti Western Django and a blaxploitation from 1975 called Boss Nigger, written by and starring Fred Williamson.”
Django Unchained – Controversy
Spill.com critics have criticized the film’s heavy usage of the word “nigger”. However, many reviewers have defended the usage of the language by pointing out the historic context of race and slavery in America. Some reviews criticized the film for being ultra-violent.
Filmmaker Spike Lee, in an interview with Vibe magazine said he would not see the film, explaining “All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me…I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.” Lee later tweeted, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.” Tavis Smiley, who, like Lee, has not seen the film, sarcastically tweeted, “Django Unchained — a spoof on slavery: Hollywood’s Christmas gift for Negroes. Thanks, you shouldn’t have.”
Writing in The Los Angeles Times, journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan noted the difference between Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and Django Unchained: “It is an institution whose horrors need no exaggerating, yet “Django” does exactly that, either to enlighten or entertain. A white director slinging around the n-word in a homage to ’70s blaxploitation à la Jackie Brown is one thing, but the same director turning the savageness of slavery into pulp fiction is quite another.”
While hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Jamie Foxx joked about being excited “to kill all the white people in the movie.” Jeff Kuhner wrote a reaction to the SNL skit for The Washington Times: “Anti-white bigotry has become embedded in our postmodern culture. Take “Django Unchained.” The movie boils down to one central theme: the white man as devil — a moral scourge who must be eradicated like a lethal virus.”
Django Unchained – Historical accuracy
Although Tarantino has said about Mandingo fighting: “I was always aware those things existed” there is no historical evidence that slave owners ever staged gladiator-like fights to the death between male slaves like that depicted in the movie. There are only undocumented rumors that such fights were staged. A novel (1957) and a film (1975) were made about exceptionally strong Mandingo slaves trained to fight each other for gambling.
Writing in The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb observed that Tarantino’s occasional historical elasticity sometimes worked to the film’s advantage. “There are moments,” Cobb wrote, “where this convex history works brilliantly, like when Tarantino depicts the K.K.K. a decade prior to its actual formation in order to thoroughly ridicule its members’ (literally) veiled racism.” The marauding masked group depicted in the film were known as “The Regulators” and were depicted as spiritual forebears of the later post-civil war KKK.
- Bounty Hunter
- Bounty Hunting
- Christoph Waltz
- Deep South
- Dr King
- German Dentist
- Jamie Foxx
- Kerry Washington
- Leonardo Dicaprio
- Male Slaves
- Plantation Owner
- Quentin Tarantino
- Ruthless Killers
- Samuel L Jackson
- Slave Auction
- Western Film