The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino (2015)

160min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Reservoir Dogs goes West in writer/director Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature, paying homage to the cowboy TV shows of his youth and once again, the Sergio Corbucci back catalogue (his Django Unchained inspiration). In a post Civil War America still being torn apart by North/South conflicts, eight random bounty hunters, soldiers and outlaws are brought together by an epic snowstorm at a stagecoach stopover. Not by chance it turns out, as this allegorical vision of a totally immoral western frontier explodes in typical Tarantino, blood-spattered fashion. Looking gorgeous thanks to the vintage 70mm Ultra Panavision process, the dialogue-heavy, slow-burning first half finally saddles up when hidden motives and sly betrayals are colourfully revealed and the imaginative jagged edges of the sneaky plot become apparent. It's a bit of a slog sometimes but Tarantino's brutal wit, fistful of upended clichés and fine cast eventually bring it to a polished and satisfying head.

Cast & Crew

Major Marquis Warren Samuel L Jackson
John "The Hangman" Ruth Kurt Russell
Daisy Domergue Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sheriff Chris Mannix Walton Goggins
Joe Gage Michael Madsen
General Sanford Smithers Bruce Dern
Oswaldo Mobray Tim Roth
OB Jackson James Parks
Six-Horse Judy Zoë Bell
Jody Domergue Channing Tatum
Ed Lee Horsley
Bob Demian Bichir
Sweet Dave Gene Jones (1)
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Jan 2016