Django Unchained

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Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino (2012)

158min
18 Certificate
Fri 5 Aug 9:35pm - 12:35am RTÉ One
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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 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
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 18 Jan 2013

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