An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
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
Sid Haig was a strong contender for the role of "Mr. Stonesipher", so much so that casting director Victoria Thomas informed Haig's agent, "It's a lock". Quentin Tarantino himself scheduled, and later canceled at the last minute, two auditions for Haig. Two months later the role quietly went to David Steen instead. Tarantino being known for his extremely dry humor, this "prank" is presumably rooted in Haig turning down the role of Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994) 17 years previously. See more »
When Schultz and Django first camp, Schultz is seen putting on his pants AND suspenders. In the next scene he doesn't have suspenders on, but we see him hiking them up as if for the first time. See more »
Who's that stumblin' around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged!
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The font used in the opening credits is the same font as in the original Django's credits. See more »
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 outfitan 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 waywatch out, here I come, I ain't gonna be quiet no more.
And the humor the scene provides echoes the entire filmit wants us to get comfortable with our hero. Tarantino knows that a man of color makes an unconventional hero in a revenge- flickthat'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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