Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino (2012)

158min
18 Certificate
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Director Quentin Tarantino follows up his Oscar-winning war homage Inglourious Basterds with this playfully audacious mix of spaghetti western lore, Teutonic legend, blaxploitation stylings and revisionist American history. It's a wildly thrilling swagger through the good, bad and ugly sides of slavery, with Jamie Foxx as the slave-turned-bounty hunter who's on a mission to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (played by Leonardo DiCaprio on top villainous form). Ferociously overindulgent in that trademark Tarantino way, but acceptably so because he knows which genre movies to lovingly recycle (Blazing Saddles and Mandingo to name but two), the film is blessed with often enthralling dialogue, surreal plot twists, a film buff's dream of a supporting cast and a soundtrack that acts as another melodious Morricone tribute. Christoph Waltz (who deservedly won an Academy Award) gives a brilliant performance of ruthless charm personified as Django's German mentor, but the real surprise here is Samuel L Jackson's skin-crawling portrayal of DiCaprio's manipulative head servant.

Summary

A slave named Django is tracked down by eccentric German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz, who offers him his freedom in exchange for help bringing three criminals to justice. The unlikely allies continue their partnership after the job is done, and fight to rescue Django's wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Western, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Django Jamie Foxx
Dr King Schultz Christoph Waltz
Calvin Candie Leonardo DiCaprio
Stephen Samuel L Jackson
Broomhilda von Schaft Kerry Washington
Billy Crash Walton Goggins
Leonide Moguy Dennis Christopher
Butch Pooch/Ace Speck James Remar
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Jan 2013
Drama