Django Unchained

  • 18
  • Quentin Tarantino (2012)
  • US
  • 158 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Premiere. 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 and crew

Cast

Django
Jamie Foxx
Dr King Schultz
Christoph Waltz
Calvin Candie
Leonardo DiCaprio
Stephen
Samuel L Jackson
Broomhilda von Shaft
Kerry Washington
Billy Crash
Walton Goggins
Leonide Moguy
Dennis Christopher
Ace Speck
James Remar
Mr Stonesipher
David Steen
Sheba
Nichole Galicia
Lare Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
Laura Cayouette
Big Daddy
Don Johnson
Amerigo Vessepi
Franco Nero
Dicky Speck
James Russo
Marshall Gill Tatum
Tom Wopat
Sheriff Bill Sharp
Don Stroud
Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter
Amber Tamblyn
Curtis Carrucan
Bruce Dern
Big John Brittle
M C Gainey
Lil Raj Brittle
Cooper Huckabee
Bag Head 2
Jonah Hill
Tracker Peg
Zoë Bell
Tracker Chaney
Tom Savini
The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co Employee
Michael Parks
The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co Employee
John Jarratt
The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co Employee
Quentin Tarantino

Crew

Director
Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Jan 2013
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Sony DADC UK Limited
Categories
Drama