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Django Unchained (2012)

R  |   |  Western  |  25 December 2012 (USA)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.


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Big Fred's Opponent


Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django's wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner. Written by BenLobel

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance. See more »



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Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Django sin cadenas  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,122,888 (USA) (28 December 2012)


$162,804,648 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Don Johnson and Rex Linn appear in the movie, and both were in television shows that took place in Miami where both were in law enforcement: Johnson in Miami Vice (1984) and Linn in CSI: Miami (2002). See more »


Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) uses the word "motherfucker" four times throughout the film. This is a linguistic anachronism as the word didn't exist until the WWI era (the Oxford English dictionary lists the earliest use in 1918). See more »


[first lines]
Dicky Speck: [Cocks rifle] Who's that stumblin' around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged!
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Crazy Credits

An unusually specific American Humane Association disclaimer stating that no horses were harmed in the making of the film appears very early in the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »


Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)
Performed by James Brown and Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Mixed and Edited by Claudio Cueni
"The Payback" as Performed by James Brown
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
"Untouchable (Swizz Bratz Remix)"
Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Written by Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean), Yafeu Fula, Krayzie Bone (as Anthony Henderson), Tupac Shakur, Hussein Fatal
Courtesy of Amaru Entertainment/Interscope Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
(Incorporates Dialogue Performed by Ace Speck/James Remar, Dr. King Schultz/Christoph Waltz and Django/Jamie Foxx)
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Tarantino Epic
26 December 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

By incorporating a multitude of thematic Tarantino elements Django is the best Tarantino movie SINCE Pulp Fiction. Not as good as that great movie since this one is a little more bloated and less novel, it nonetheless is Tarantino's second best movie. This was great because it used many of the best aspects of the other Tarantino films. Such as the friendship between a black and white antihero (a hit-man like in Pulp Fiction but now the male bonding is as bounty hunters), also the violence art similar to Kill Bill and the Gut Warming, heart pounding, pulpy thrill of revenge against an evil like in Inglorious Bastards. There were many other aspects of Tarantino's movie in this one.

To start off the complete unpredictability is what really draws you in. You really do not know what is going to happen next which is refreshing to those that frequently see movies. The episodic scenes have such a high degree of unpredictability that it mesmerizingly keeps us on the edge of our seats.

There were some really amazing characters created which was not wholly due to the writer/director but the great actors who infused their talent into the roles. These characters' eccentricities were so unique that you might have never seen characters like this before. A trademark oddity in how they spoke, what they said and their ultimate actions reflected without any creative barriers the moviemaker's soul. If you thought Christopher Waltzes and Jamie Foxx's character were great wait till you get to DiCaprios and Samuel L Jacksons. You really wanted to see more of these characters despite the nearly 3 hour length of this Tarantino epic. Dicaprio's character was probably the best; he was so amusing with his warped, semi-depraved, megalomaniac eccentricity. DiCaprios acting was really good here too. Samuel L Jackson can blurt out the necessary profanities with the appropriate rawness making him the perfect actor for some of Tarantino's parts.

The greatest thing is the psychological aspects to these characters and how that plays out in the scenes. There is actually a lot of psychology going on which builds multi-dimensional characters and creates scenes of intense unpredictability. There were other scenes of brilliant hilarity mocking the dark side of the old south, or genre film itself.

As the movie progressed and where it could have ended well and uniquely alas a contrived scene was thrown in to showcase Tarantino's signature brand of violence art, reminiscent of Kill Bill. This weakened the movie as a whole and made it drag however it was pure fun to witness the slow motion blood splattering and detailed depiction of body parts being shot with blood shooting out like geysers drenching the place in red.

I think I heard Tarantino is criticized for rehashing old movies or copying from other films. I guarantee whether or not that is the case you've never seen something like this before.

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