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Django Unchained (2012)

 -  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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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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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$162,804,648 (USA) (10 May 2013)
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Calvin explains that via the study of Phrenology, he is able to find the three dimples on Ben's skull, which represent submissiveness. Phrenology was an ill-fated phase of real Psychology when it was actually believed bumps on different skull locations represented different traits like creativity, athletic ability and so forth. It is considered quackery by modern medical standards. See more »

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During the "skull monologue", the skull of Ben, the servant of Calvin's father, is actually a woman's skull. See more »

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Dicky Speck: [Cocks rifle] Who's that stumblin' around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged!
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Freedom and Choices and Tarantino
1 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, there is a scene in which Django (Jamie Fox), soon after being freed by the incredibly likable dentist turned bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), shops for new clothes to wear.

Schultz tells Django to pick out whatever he likes. Django looks at the smiling white man in disbelief. You're gonna let me pick out my own clothes? Django can't believe it. The following shot delivered one of the biggest laughs from the audience I watched the film with. After the white man confirms that yes, he is indeed letting the black man pick out his own clothes, we cut to a wide shot of Django riding his horse, now decked out in his very own (outlandish) cowboy outfit—an all blue with white ruffle get-up.

It's a great little scene that provides humor and allows the viewer to further warm up to the two main protagonists. But it also does more than that. It's a simple scene that speaks for the whole film. It's an affirmation that this man of color is now free and able to make his own decisions. The choice he made concerning his extravagantly loud outfit acts as a warning to those that plan to stand in his way—watch out, here I come, I ain't gonna be quiet no more.

And the humor the scene provides echoes the entire film—it wants us to get comfortable with our hero. Tarantino knows that a man of color makes an unconventional hero in a revenge- flick—that's why he made the film. When was the black man going to get his revenge film? It's been long overdue. With Django Unchained, that film has finally arrived and it has arrived in style. Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and meticulously written, it's Tarantino at his most epic.


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