When Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes his hand on the dinner-table, DiCaprio did accidentally crush a small stemmed glass with his palm and did really begin to bleed. He ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene. Quentin Tarantino was so impressed that he used this take in the final print, and when he called cut, the room erupted in a standing ovation. DiCaprio's hand was bandaged, and he suggested the idea of smearing blood onto the face of Kerry Washington. Tarantino and Washington both liked this, so Tarantino got some fake blood together.
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During the filming of one of the dinner-scenes, Leonardo DiCaprio had to stop the scene because he was having "a difficult time" using so many racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson then pulled him aside telling him, "Motherfucker, this is just another Tuesday for us."
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According to critic Alex Ross, the alliance between Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is "not as absurd" as audiences might believe, because in the 1840s, many German revolutionaries and progressives left Europe for the U.S., where they often became active in the anti-slavery movement.
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Jamie Foxx used his own horse, Cheetah, in the movie. He got it four years prior as a birthday present.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, whose role marked the first time he played a villain since The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), was uncomfortable with how horrible and explicitly racist his character was. However, Quentin Tarantino convinced him to be as menacing as possible, saying that if he didn't take it all the way, people would hold it against him forever.
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In an interview, Quentin Tarantino stated that originally, the mandingo fight scene, and the scene with the dogs, were longer and more violent. He said he felt like he was going to "traumatize" the audience, so he cut both scenes down.
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After working on this film, composer Ennio Morricone said he would probably never again collaborate with Quentin Tarantino, since he didn't like the way he "places music in his films without coherence" and "never giving enough time". However, Morricone and Tarantino collaborated again on The Hateful Eight (2015), which earned Morricone his first Academy Award.
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After an accident in training, where Christoph Waltz was thrown off his horse and broke his pelvis, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel better about riding a horse: a saddle with a seat belt.
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At one hour, six minutes, and seventeen seconds, Christoph Waltz's performance in this movie is the longest ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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Christoph Waltz turned down the role when first given the script. He felt that it was too tailored to his persona. Quentin Tarantino insisted and would not take "No" for an answer. Waltz did agree under one condition: his character had to be pure, and never once act in a negative or evil manner. Tarantino sent him a hand written letter that simply said "Of Course, Mein Herr!- Q". Waltz sent a telegram back "Mein Herr, Of Course!- CW".
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The film was shot in one hundred thirty days. This was Quentin Tarantino's longest shooting schedule for a single film.
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With a budget of $100 million, this is Quentin Tarantino's most expensive film.
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Christoph Waltz dislocated his pelvic bone while training for his part. He alluded to the injury backstage after winning the Golden Globe, stating, "Riding a horse wasn't much of a challenge. Falling off was." Waltz's injury necessitated that Dr. King Schultz's early scenes on horseback be accommodated by a horse-drawn wagon instead.
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Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django. Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted.
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The quilt that is on the bed, onto which Broomhilda is thrown, is an Underground Railroad style. Myth has it that slaves would use quilts to communicate, and the Underground Railroad style was saying to "pack up and go".
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Quentin Tarantino has said that Calvin J. Candie is the only character he has ever created whom he truly despises.
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Christoph Waltz concluded his Oscar acceptance speech for this film with, "sorry, couldn't resist", a reference to his character's final line on-screen, "I'm sorry. I couldn't resist."
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When Quentin Tarantino first met Franco Nero in Rome, he told Nero that he first saw Django (1966) when he was working in a video store. He then proceeded to recite lines and even sing the songs to Nero from all of his movies. Nero was astonished that he knew them all.
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Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Django (Jamie Foxx) and Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) are meant to be the great-great-great-grandparents of the character John Shaft from the Shaft (1971) films. An overt reference to this connection can be found in Washington's character's full name: Broomhilda Von Shaft.
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The white men playing poker towards the end of the film are using severed ears from slaves as their currency.
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Jonah Hill was supposed to play a bigger role in this film. He was originally cast to portray a character named Scotty Harmony, the son of Southern slave buyers who would purchase Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to become his lover. The entire segment was cut.
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The film did not receive a rating from the MPAA until over a week before its wide domestic release. Nevertheless, Quentin Tarantino decided in the best interests of audiences to tone down the film's violence. According to Tarantino, "the MPAA actually gave an R rating to a rougher version than I ultimately ended up presenting to the public. I could handle a rougher version of the movie than what exists right now. I have more of a tolerance for it, but I kind of realized that when I watched that version of the movie with audiences, that I was traumatizing them too much. It's just that f**king simple. And I want people to enjoy the movie at the very end of it."
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Holds the all-time record for most uses of the "n" word (or some variation) in a movie, with 116 uses.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr., lobbied for the role of Django, but Quentin Tarantino would not consider him. According to Gooding, it's his biggest disappointment.
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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 a pseudo science that purported that one's various capacities and traits could be discerned by studying the features and physical characteristics of a human skull. This was later proven to be complete nonsense.
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Excluding films in which the cast is billed alphabetically (Celebrity (1998) and Don's Plum (2001)) this is the first time in sixteen years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get top billing.
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The men in hoods organized by Big Daddy (Don Johnson) represent a group known as "The Regulators", spiritual forebearers of the post-civil war KKK, formed in 1865.
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While filming on-location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Quentin Tarantino rented out a local movie theater to show samurai and Western movies from his own personal collection.
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Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie) was originally the first choice for the role of antagonist Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). However, Tarantino decided that a German-speaking actor should portray the character, and the part went to Christoph Waltz, who portrays Dr. King Schultz in this film, which marks Waltz's second film collaboration with Tarantino. DiCaprio can, however, speak some German.
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Dr. King Schultz mentions that Alexandre Dumas was Black. Dumas was of mixed ancestry. On his father's side, his grandfather was a French nobleman, and his grandmother was an African slave in what is now Haiti, which makes Dumas one-quarter Black.
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For the montage-sequence of Dr. King Schultz and Django beginning their partnership as bounty-hunters, writer and director Quentin Tarantino played the background-music live on the set while filming.
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Joan of Arcadia (2003) star Amber Tamblyn made a cameo early on in this movie as Dr. King Schultz and Django make their way through the town of Daughtry, Texas. Django, on his horse, causes quite a stir in the town, and in one shot, Amber Tamblyn is seen gazing down from behind a window, in amazement as the pair make their way through the town. In an interview, the actress explains on the reasoning for the cameo, "It was first a friend thing", she explained. "He texted me and said, 'Would you come do a cameo?' And I said 'yes'. And after the fact, I said, 'It would be super cool to have my father (Russ Tamblyn) and me play Son of a Gunfighter and Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter.' And Quentin was like, 'Sold. Done'. So it's sort of like this totally weird thing to happen and a total inside joke." It's also a sweet father-daughter memory. "It's such a cool moment for me to see my name in an old Western style next to my dad's", Tamblyn said. "Even though I didn't really have much of a role, that to me is like a career lifetime moment. Some day, when my dad is gone, I'll look at that and go, 'We were next to each other.'"
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Leonardo DiCaprio was injured twice, once during rehearsal, and once during filming. Once with a hammer that broke and hit him in the head. For filming, the hammer that he handled was made of foam. The second is an accidental glass broken while filming the dinner-scene, which was real, and caused DiCaprio to bleed.
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There was talk of splitting the film into two parts, like Kill Bill, but Quentin Tarantino eventually rejected the idea and cut a whole lot of the planned film. Among what was cut out includes an entire backstory for Zoë Bell's character, which explains that she wears a bandanna over her face to hide a gruesome injury. Tarantino does plan on releasing an extended cut later down the line, restoring some scenes that were left on the cutting room floor.
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Django's blue costume is based on the famous painting "The Blue Boy". This painting inspired F.W. Murnau's film Emerald of Death (1919). Murnau is best known for creating the "Unchained" camera technique.
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The name "Django" is a Romani name, meaning "I awake". It was very popular amongst musicians and jazz-enthusiasts for having been the adopted name of Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt (1910-1953), a Romani-Belgian jazz-guitarist known as Django Reinhardt, whose story was told in Django (2017).
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Dr. King Schultz says he wants to re-name Eskimo Joe, the Mandingo fighter he tries to purchase, "Black Hercules". This was the real-life nickname of Ken Norton, the actor and boxer who starred in Mandingo (1975).
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While Kevin Costner turned down the role of Ace Woody (a character that doesn't appear in the final film), this is not the first time he has rejected a role offered to him by Quentin Tarantino. The character of Bill in Tarantino's Kill Bill films was originally written with Costner in mind, and eventually offered to him, but he refused. That role went to David Carradine, who died in 2009, and to whom this film is dedicated.
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Dr. King Schultz partly mirrors the real-life Doc Holliday, also a dentist turned gunfighter.
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In the scene in which Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) is describing what will happen to Django (Jamie Foxx) after he is shipped to the mining company, Stephen ends his monologue by saying "And that will be the story of you." Quentin Tarantino previously used this line in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
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One of the members of the Smitty Bacall Gang was Gerald Nash. This name was also used as one of the police officers killed by Mickey and Mallory in Natural Born Killers (1994) (written by Tarantino) and Marvin Nash in Reservoir Dogs. This is a trademark of Tarantino's: reusing names and relating characters amongst his scripts.
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This is the second time Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington have portrayed a married couple. The two previously starred as Ray Charles and Della Bea Robinson in Ray (2004).
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When Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) are in Daughtrey, Texas, the saloon they are in is called "Minnesota Clay's Saloon". Minnesota Clay (1964) is the name of a Western movie directed by Sergio Corbucci, the same director of Django (1966).
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During the first forty minutes of the movie, with the exception of a single scene at Big Daddy's (Don Johnson's) plantation, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) drives a wagon, rather than riding a horse. This was because Waltz had injured his pelvis in a fall from a horse prior to principal photography. Analysis of the script shows that there was only a small amount of dialogue that ever had to be re-written, due to the cart.
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Leonardo DiCaprio has stated that the characters of Drexl Spivey from True Romance (1993) and Doc Holliday from Tombstone (1993) were main influences on his performance as Calvin Candie. True Romance (1993) was also written by Quentin Tarantino.
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Although the film is often considered a part of the Western genre, writer and director Quentin Tarantino preferred to refer to the film as a "Southern", due to the film's setting in America's deep south.
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The film's release was delayed in China by government censors in April 2013. Their requests included "turning the blood to a darker color, or lowering the height of the splatter of blood."
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The opening song is the soundtrack that played during the opening credits of Django (1966) by Luis Bacalov.
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As appreciation for being cast, James Remar gave Quentin Tarantino a 35mm IB Technicolor print of Mandingo (1975). Quentin occasionally screens the print at his repertory theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly Cinema.
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While it is known that there is a link between Dr. King Schultz and the grave of the mysterious "Paula Schultz" featured in Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), not much is fully understood about the connection. However, fans have theorized that Dr. Schultz was related to this Paula Schultz character, possibly as in husband and wife at some point, who were separated shortly before the doctor went to pursue his career as a bounty-hunter. Other theories suggest that Paula Schultz could have been Dr. Schultz's estranged daughter or long-lost sister. Tarantino has not confirmed this, however.
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Many of the actors and actresses were playing characters written with them in mind, including, among the more sizable roles, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in a minor role as Jano, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut, Don Jon (2013).
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The Italian song playing right before Django and Broomhilda reunite translates as "Still here/ still you/ although now/ I know who you are/ who you will always be/ and when you'll see me// you'll remember/ still here/ still you/ I hope that you will forgive me/ you, your eyes are still the same, you seem to ask again about me/ about how things are/ (...) something that will come back/ as it was again/ still here/ still you/ and what's been is gone by now/ and" (song ends abruptly).
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Denzel Washington was considered for the role of Django, but was deemed too old.
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In the beginning of the film where Dr. King Schultz frees Django, one of the slave owners calls one of the slaves "Blueberry". This is a reference to the comic "Blueberry" made by Jean "Moebius" Giraud and Jean-Michel Charlier. Blueberry takes place during the American old west, where the main character starts out as a racist, but after he is saved by an African-American, he becomes a gunman who fights against all kinds of discrimination.
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Franco Nero, making his cameo in the film, is seen wearing white gloves. This may be a reference to his wounds in Django (1966). However, this should not be seen as him being the same character in both movies, as Django (1966) took place in the 1870s, and this movie took place in the 1850s.
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Marks the fifth time writer and director Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson collaborated in a director/actor relationship.
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Franco Nero was considered for the role of Calvin Candie, but instead was given a cameo appearance as a minor character. Nero suggested that he play a mysterious horseman who haunts Django in visions and is revealed in an ending flashback to be Django's father. Quentin Tarantino opted not to use the idea.
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Dr. King Schulz insists on saying good-bye in English to M. Candy because in English, the word has a certain finality to is, while in German, auf Wiedersehen actually means "until I see you again." The French language actually has such a distinction. Adieu is used when you never expect to see someone again. For someone you do expect to meet again, you would say au revoir.
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Leonardo DiCaprio does not appear until one hour and three minutes in.
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Takes place in 1858. Calvin Candie's speech about phrenology concerning the skulls of slaves is a pseudoscience, and had been disproven by the 1840s, which furthers Mr. Candie as being ignorant.
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Dr. King Schultz's (Christoph Waltz's) and Django's (Jamie Foxx's) horses are named "Fritz" and "Tony", respectively. These are the names of the horses of, respectively, silent Western stars William S. Hart (Fritz the Horse) and Tom Mix (Tony the Horse).
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The final showdown with Django and the hillbilly trackers was written to be entirely different. Mr. Stonesipher, the head of the trackers, was originally to be a stronger, and more threatening villain to Django. There was a scene written in the final draft of the script with Django killing the trackers with an axe. He then faces Mr. Stonesipher, and the two engage in hand-to-hand combat, with Stonesipher nearly defeating Django, but eventually losing.
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Russ Tamblyn, whose character in this movie is named "Son of a Gunfighter", starred in Son of a Gunfighter (1965). Also, Tamblyn's real-life daughter Amber played the character named "Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter".
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Despite Quentin Tarantino writing the role of Django specifically for Will Smith, he ultimately decided to pass on the film, due to him seeing the character as not being the lead. He told Entertainment Weekly, "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead. I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy.' I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me."
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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 scheduled, and later cancelled 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).
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Samuel L. Jackson does not appear until one hour and twenty-six minutes into the film.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (rotating shot): During the first dinner-scene with Calvin Candie, the camera moves around the table as he talks, showing the different characters' faces, and towards the end, when Django is talking with the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company about the Smitty Bacall gang, the camera similarly rotates around them. Tarantino used this effect in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Death Proof (2007).
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Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Scotty, and Kurt Russell was cast as Ace Woody, but both dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Kurt Russell starred in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (2015), which also featured Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins. Coincidentally, The Hateful Eight (2015) is set in the same universe as this movie, but is not a sequel. Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins play different characters in both movies.
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First western to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and the first to win an Award for Acting (and in the same category) since Unforgiven (1992). This movie, along with True Grit (2010), repeated a rare pattern, where twenty years earlier, two westerns (the other being Dances with Wolves (1990)) were nominated for Best Picture two years apart.
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WILHELM SCREAM: When the riders retreat from the exploding wagon in their night raid, and one falls off a horse.
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After the actors left the project, the minor roles that were going to be played by Michael Kenneth Williams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were removed from the film.
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Features seven actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Jamie Foxx (for Collateral (2004)), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds (2009) and this film), Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction (1994)), Jonah Hill (Moneyball (2011)), Russ Tamblyn (Peyton Place (1957)), and Bruce Dern (Coming Home (1978)). Waltz is the only one to have won, although Foxx captured the Best Actor Oscar for Ray (2004), and Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant (2016).
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Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) reminds Monsieur Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) that his slave D'Artagnan (Ato Essandoh) is named for the hero of Alexandre Dumas' novels, and that Dumas was (one-quarter) Black. Waltz and DiCaprio have appeared in adaptations of those novels: Waltz played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (2011) and DiCaprio played King Louis XIV and his identical twin brother Phillippe in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).
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In a January 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, costume designer Sharen Davis said much of the film's wardrobe was inspired by spaghetti westerns and other works of art. For Django's wardrobe, Davis and Quentin Tarantino watched Bonanza (1959), and referred to it frequently. The pair even hired the hatmaker who designed the hat worn by Little Joe. Davis described Django's look as a "rock-n-roll take on the character". Django's sunglasses were inspired by Charles Bronson's character in The White Buffalo (1977). Davis used Thomas Gainsborough's 1770 oil painting The Blue Boy as a reference for Django's valet outfit. In the final scene, Broomhilda wears a dress similar to that of Evelyn Stewart's character in Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965). Davis said the idea of Calvin Candie's costume came partly from Rhett Butler, and that Don Johnson's signature Miami Vice (1984) look inspired Big Daddy's cream-colored linen suit in the film. Dr. King Schultz's fake chinchilla coat was inspired by Telly Savalas in Kojak (1973). Davis also revealed that many of her costume ideas did not make the final cut of the film, leaving some unexplained characters such as Zoë Bell's tracker, who was intended to drop her bandana to reveal an absent jaw.
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In one of the scenes at the beginning, Tarantino used an arrangement of the main music theme from Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), directed by Don Siegel, and original score written by Ennio Morricone.
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Production designer J. Michael Riva died on June 7, 2012, long before the Christmas Day release. This movie is his final credit.
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Quentin Tarantino's first movie not edited by Sally Menke, who died in 2010. Fred Raskin (who assisted Menke on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)) took over editing duties.
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Although some viewers feel that Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) displays incestuous behavior towards his sister, Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly (Laura Cayouette), it is not necessarily so. He is a Francophile, and it is a tradition among the French to greet each other by kissing on the cheeks.
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2011 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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Dr. King Schultz's hat was made especially for the movie. It's a combination of a derby and a traditional cowboy hat. Christoph Waltz kept it as a souvenir.
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Quentin Tarantino included scenes in the snow as an homage to The Great Silence (1968). "Silenzio takes place in the snow. I liked the action in the snow so much, Django Unchained has a big snow section in the middle", Tarantino said in an interview.
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This is technically not the first western Django movie on which Quentin Tarantino has worked. He played a minor role in Sukiyaki Western Django (2007). This role was in exchange for a request by Tarantino for Sukiyaki's director, Takashi Miike to cameo in Eli Roth's Hostel (2005).
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Django (Jamie Foxx) takes on a mythical form while on Big Daddy's (Don Johnson's) plantation confronting the Brittle Brothers. The Gothic nature of this scene is clearly represented when Big John Brittle (M.C. Gainey) is about to whip Little Jody (Sharon Pierre-Louis) for breaking eggs. Django is dressed in his "Blue Boy" attire, but when Little Jody looks at his image in the mirror next to the tree where she is tied, Django's head and hands are invisible in the reflection, elevating his mythic stature to that of an enchanted figure. In Gothic lore, specters and ghosts are unable to see their own reflections.
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The music where Django confronts Big John Brittle (M.C. Gainey) and Lil Raj Brittle (Cooper Huckabee) is from Django (1966), when the main antagonist in the latter movie is using Mexican civilians as target practice.
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The rifle used by Dr. King Schultz is a 1874 Sharps Buffalo, which appeared twenty years later than what the movie would suggest.
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It's been theorized that Paula Schultz, the deceased woman in whose grave Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) is buried alive, in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) is Dr. King Schultz's wife. On the gravestone, it states that Paula Schultz died in 1898. This film takes place in 1858 to 1859, and Dr. King Shultz may have been married at some point in his life.
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The scene with the Australian slave traders was originally written a little differently. Instead of two Aussies and the Southern hillbilly man (played by Michael Parks), according to the final draft of the script, there were supposed to be three Australians, and the characters had more dialogue.
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Early in the film, Christoph Waltz kills a town Sheriff, and is about to be arrested by the local U.S. Marshal, until he pulls out an arrest warrant for the man he has just killed. Later in the movie, he points out Monsieur Candie's fondness for Alexandre Dumas, whose novel "The Three Musketeers" features a similar discussion between D'Artagnan and Cardinal Richelieu, who was played by Waltz in The Three Musketeers (2011).
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In the first draft of the script, Dr. King Schultz was written to be more vulgar.
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David Steen plays Mr. Stonesipher, Candie's dog handler. The last time Steen worked with Quentin Tarantino, he played a dog-handling cop in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
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A decade earlier, Samuel L. Jackson had starred as Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). Leonardo DiCaprio was the original choice to play Anakin Skywalker, but Hayden Christensen was cast in the role. In that movie, Mace Windu kills the bounty-hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison). George Lucas named the character after the protagonist of Django (1966), which was Quentin Tarantino's inspiration behind this movie. In this movie, Jamie Foxx's Django is a slave-turned-bounty-hunter.
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This is the second Quentin Tarantino movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays a role where he scolds his boss in private, but behaves as their subordinate in public. This was first seen in Pulp Fiction (1994), where he scolds Marsellus Wallace about needing his help to resolve an issue involving a corpse and a blood soaked car. In Django Unchained (2012), he scolds Calvin Candie for not seeing that he was being duped during his negotiations.
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Quentin Tarantino wrote a role for Michael Kenneth Williams, but Williams had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Boardwalk Empire (2010).
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U.S. Marshall Gill Tatum has a curious name. Marshall, Gill, and Tatum are three North-East Texas towns that sit next to each other. In the credits his title is spelled Marshall which is incorrect. It should only have one L. So it seems that the character was named after three Texas towns.
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The contraption that protrudes beneath from the Doctor's sleeve near the end of the film is a nod to the device Travis Bickle creates for himself in Taxi Driver, one of Tarantino's favorite films. In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle uses the device to rescue a prostitute from an abusive pimp - in Django, the Doctor uses the contraption to kill Calvin which indirectly facilitates the rescue of Django's enslaved wife.
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It has been suggested that Michael Parks' character in this film is Earl McGraw's (a role played numerous times by Parks) ancestor, although neither Quentin Tarantino nor Parks have confirmed this.
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Jamie Foxx's first western.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (long shot): There is a long shot when Django is explaining his plan to the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company employees.
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Christoph Waltz played a similar role in Alita: Battle Angel (2019). In that film, Dr. Dyson Ido (Waltz), mentor of the film's protagonist Alita (Rosa Salazar), is a Cyberphysican and Hunter-Warrior (bounty-hunter).
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Four characters use the "n" word at least ten times: Calvin Candie (twenty-nine times), Stephen (twenty-seven), Django (fourteen), and Big Daddy (eleven).
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The fifteenth biggest grossing film of 2012.
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Firearms used in the film: James Remar (who plays two characters) wields the same weapon as both, a muzzle-loading, double-barreled, sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun; Lil' Raj Brittle carries a .44 caliber Colt Dragoon, with which Django shoots him five times; Django wields a .36 caliber 1851 Colt Navy revolver; Dr. Schultz wields a .44 caliber 1858 New Army revolver; in the final shootout, Django wields both revolvers; Schultz also wields a Cobra Big Bore .38 caliber Derringer on a sleeve slide, and a .45-70 Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine; various characters wield a .44 Rimfire 1860 Henry Rifle; various villains wield 1856 .577 muzzle-loading Enfield Pattern cavalry carbines; Django briefly carries a .44 caliber Remington 1858 Cattleman's Carbine.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Quentin Tarantino; and four Oscar nominees: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Russ Tamblyn, and Jonah Hill.
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Kerry Washington, who played Broomhilda, sought to bring authenticity to her performance in several ways. The actor playing her overseer used a fake whip, but Washington insisted the lashings really hit her back. And to dramatize her punishment inside an underground, coffin-size metal container, she and Tarantino agreed she would spend time barely clothed in the "hot box" before the filming began so the feeling of confinement would be as realistic as possible.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (long shot): During the dinner-scene in Candyland, there is a long shot where Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) walks from the kitchen to the dining room, then it switches off to Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).
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Twin Peaks (1990) cast members Russ Tamblyn and Michael Parks appeared in this movie, alongside their respective children, Amber Tamblyn and James Parks, as well as Bruce Dern, father of their Twin Peaks (2017) castmate, Laura Dern.
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Calvin J. Candie's given names are a reference to Italian director Giorgio Ferroni, who directed several Spaghetti Westerns, including a trilogy starring Giuliano Gemma (Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965), Fort Yuma Gold (1966), and Wanted (1967)). For these films, he was usually credited as "Calvin J. Padget", "Calvin Jackson Padget" or "Calvin Jakson Padget". Quentin Tarantino has listed the Padget-Gemma trilogy among his favorite Spaghetti Westerns, and used the first film's theme for the soundtrack of Inglourious Basterds (2009).
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Kevin Costner was cast as Ace Woody, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
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The title alludes to the titles of Django (1966), Hercules Unchained (1959), and Angel Unchained (1970).
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Donald Trump posted a review of the film on Twitter where he said, "Django Unchained is the most racist movie I have ever seen, it sucked!".
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This is the first stand-alone film (not counting Grindhouse (2007) or Death Proof (2007)) directed by Quentin Tarantino which was not produced by Lawrence Bender.
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The final draft of the script is dated April 26, 2011.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Russ Tamblyn appeared in modern-day adaptions of Romeo and Juliet. DiCaprio played Romeo in Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Tamblyn played Riff in West Side Story (1961).
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Kurt Russell replaced Kevin Costner for the role of Ace Woody, but then had to pull out. Russell and Costner appeared in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), and have played lawman Wyatt Earp, in Tombstone (1993) and Wyatt Earp (1994), respectively. Ironically, Costner was favored over Russell for the role of Crash Davis in Bull Durham (1988).
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Don Johnson (Big Daddy) starred in the original Miami Vice series while Jamie Foxx (Django) starred in the movie remake.
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Tarantino wrote the roles of Dr. King Schultz and Stephen with Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson in mind.
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During this shoot, Walton Goggins was contacted by Sons of Anarchy (2008) creator Kurt Sutter about the transgender role of Venus Van Dam for season five. Being a big fan of the show, Goggins accepted and appeared in six episodes.
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This is one of two films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino that featured Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Bowen in which the main protagonist's name is in the title. The other film was Jackie Brown (1997).
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The bounty on Willard Peck (Sheriff Bill Sharp) was $200 in 1858. Adjusted for inflation in 2021, that bounty was worth; $6,415.
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Wilhelm Scream: after the KKK raid on King Schultz' wagon and the wagon explodes, one man riding away falls off his horse with a Wilhelm Scream.
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Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie) and Jonah Hill (Bag Head #2) appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
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Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in The Great White Hype (1996).
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Second of three films featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Dern. They later appeared together in The Hateful Eight, and previously in Uncle Tom's Cabin, the last one being the only one not directed by Quentin Tarantino. Jackson also worked with his daughter Laura Dern in Jurassic Park.
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Samuel L. Jackson and Lewis Smith grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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The infamous hand injury scene with DiCaprio has been featured in many video lists across several channels online such as WatchMojo, Screen Rant and WhatCulture. It was eventually featured so often that many viewers began commenting on getting tired of seeing the clip.
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Don Johnson and Rex Linn appeared in this movie. Both were in television shows that took place in Miami, where they were in law enforcement: Johnson in Miami Vice (1984) and Linn in CSI: Miami (2002).
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In the original draft of the script, there was supposed to be a young stable/slave boy named Timmy.
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The song of Django, Trinity is originally from Trinity stand tall, starring Terence Hill.
The scene where Django and Dr Schulz ride out from the barn resembles one of the trademarks of John Ford's directorial style as they are framed within a doorway. Ford was well known for classic Westerns and his imprint can be seen in several QT films. Ford would often prominently depict characters framed in open doorways especially in his film The Searchers.
Django and Kill Bill share similar scenes. Django stands on a balcony and tells the enslaved women they can go free, but informs Stephen to remain behind to receive retribution. In Kill Bill, the Bride stands on a balcony after killing the crazy 88. She dismisses everyone except Sofie to whom she administers vengeance. In Django, Schultz and Django sit around a fire while Schulze tells the folk tale of Siegfried and Broomfield. There's an almost identical scene in Kill Bill between Bill and the Bride.
Spoiler: While Dr. King Shultz was always intended to be a good man (per both Quentin Tarantino's ideas for the character and Christoph Waltz's condition that King never do anything evil in the role), he was never intended to be a perfect person in two ways. One is that, as he bluntly says at one point to Django, he makes his money by killing people and turning their corpses over to the authorities for cash. The other is that Shultz was presented as both overly proud and a control freak. And this latter trait led to his death, as he was so sickened at having to deal with Calvin Candie that he shot and killed him, leading to his own death when Butch Pooch shot him in return.
The film was always intended to earn an R rating, and in fact it got the R designation from the MPA on its first review. But Quentin Tarantino had time to do a final review of that cut for himself, and decided that he wanted to reduce some elements of gore and torture in the movie because he thought things would play better for audiences without them. After he made these edits, the movie went through another MPA review and was told right after it was over and that it would still have an R rating, which was accepted.
Kim Robillard, M.C Gainey and Rex Linn previously starred together in Breakdown, which Kurt Russell was the star of, who was at one point attached to this project too. Kim Robillard and Rex Linn also starred in Cliffhanger together.
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The opening title sequence featuring Django and the other slaves being lead through rocky terrain is the same location (Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California) used as the setting for 'The Tall T' (1957). The bold red font used in the Django Unchained titles also matches the font used in 'The Tall T' opening.
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The contraption Schulze uses to brandish the gun with which he shoots Calvin is a reference to the final act of Taxi Driver.
Right before candyland explodes, Stephen begins, but doesn't finish saying "SOB". This is a reference to the scene in Jaws where Roy Schneider shoots the shark causing him to explode.
The scene at Candyland where Django is asked to spell out his name resembles the bar scene in Pulp Fiction where Butch and Vicent exchange words at Marcelleus' bar.
When we first see Calvin Candie, he is seated on a couch with his back to the camera, blowing plumes of smoke. This is a reference to one of the opening shots of the 1962 Jean Pierre Melville film Le Samourai, a QT favorite.
Franco Nero: The lead actor from Django (1966), the movie which inspired this one, has a cameo as the owner of the slave that fights against a slave owned by Calvin Candie (the screenplay gives his character the name Amerigo Vassepi). After being asked to spell his name, Django explains, "The 'D' is silent". Nero replies, "I know".
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Zoë Bell: A favorite stuntwoman of writer and director Quentin Tarantino appears as the tracker with the bandanna hiding her face.
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Tom Savini: A noted special effects and make-up artist in the industry, that has worked with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, respectively, on numerous titles. He plays the tracker in the fur coat who pulls the dogs off of D'Artagnan (Ato Essandoh).
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Quentin Tarantino: [Red Apple Cigarettes] During the Mandingo fight scene, Django can be seen opening a bag of tobacco with a red apple design on it.
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Quentin Tarantino: [Banal conversation] When the villagers are getting ready for the raid and they talk about the bags.
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Quentin Tarantino: [Men getting shot in the genitals] Django trains by shooting a snowman's crotch, shoots a naked Stonesipher point-blank in the genitals, and shoots Billy Crash in the genitals.
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When Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) puts the dynamite in the tooth atop the wagon, he is whistling the Django theme song.
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The $12,000 paid for Broomhilda's (Kerry Washington's) freedom equates to just over $318,000 in 2013.
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Body count: sixty-nine.
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Calvin Candie is constantly eating candy and sugary delectables, which causes his rotten teeth. That connects four things in the plot: Mr. Candie is rotting from the inside because of his evil nature (according to Quentin Tarantino), Dr. King Schultz is a dentist-turned-bounty-hunter who "gets rid of" the human cavity, who is Calvin Candie, Mr. Calvin's farm is named "Candyland", and sugar was one of the main crops harvested by slaves.
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The notoriously famous shoot-out between Django and Calvin Candie's henchmen was not written in the final script. Instead, he and Broomhilda were immediately captured after Dr. King Schultz's demise.
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James Remar has two roles: one as "Butch Pooch" and other as "Ace Speck". A situation is created where his first character (Speck) is shot and killed by Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz). Thereafter, Remar's second character (Pooch), in turn, shoots and kills Dr. King Schultz. In effect, Waltz kills Remar and later Remar kills him back.
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About halfway through the film, Dr. King Schultz says "I, for one, don't intend to die in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA". Unfortunately, that is exactly where he ends up dying.
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In the final draft of the script, Stephen was written to be a more brutal character; in the barn scene after Django was captured at Candie's mansion, he was supposed to torture Django by burning off his nipples with a hot poker. The dialogue from this scene, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, can be heard on the film's music soundtrack.
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In the finished draft of the script, the character of Billy Crash was written to be much more brutal and sadistic. A scene of him raping and tormenting Broomhilda in his cabin was cut from the final film. His original death from Django was also much different. Instead of shooting Crash to death at the end, Django takes a large knife and throws it at his chest as he leaves his cabin after his assault on Broomhilda.
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When Calvin's people return from his funeral, they find Django upstairs in the house wearing a burgundy suit. This is the same suit Calvin was wearing when he first appeared in the movie.
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Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz) killed approximately twenty-three people, while Django (Jamie Foxx) killed approximately thirty-eight people in this movie's run. Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) kills nobody, but under his instruction, is responsible for two deaths.
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The Biblical verse Big John Brittle (M.C. Gainey) is saying before he is killed by Django (Jamie Foxx) is a version of Genesis 9:2, "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the Earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the Earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered." This particular verse refers to God giving all the beasts of the Earth into man's hand. In the slave culture, black people were considered beasts, not fellow men.
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Calvin Candy's death, shot through a white carnation pinned to his jacket, is taken from the spaghetti-western The Mercenary (1968). Jack Palance's character, Ricciolo/Curly, meets his fate this way. The music playing during the scene in the Italian film is also used in Tarantino's film Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) when the bride escapes the grave.
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In November, 2012, in his monologue while hosting Saturday Night Live (1975), Jamie Foxx promoted the movie and included this: "And in the movie I had to wear chains. How whack is that? But don't be worried about it, because I get out the chains, I get free, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?"
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After the initial explosion of the Candyland plantation, the song "Trinity: Titoli" by Franco Micalizzi is heard playing during Django's exodus. An extra smaller explosion was added in post-production while Jamie Foxx is walking away from the building's burning, remains to cover the segment of Franco Micalizzi's song "sleepy tired guy", that was uttered to describe the main character of the song. This segment was an accurate description for the character of "Trinity" from the Spaghetti Western They Call Me Trinity (1970), for which this song was written. This phrase was used due to the character's introduction of sleeping and being towed across the desert in a makeshift bed tied behind his horse. However, this quote did not match the character of Django, who is never seen to rest throughout this movie. Hence the cover-up of this segment of the song, that would have caused some confusion.
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In Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) killed a bounty-hunter named "Jango". In this movie, Jackson's character, Stephen, is killed by a bounty-hunter named "Django".
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (victim's viewpoint): Lil Raj Brittle's (Cooper Huckabee's) viewpoint is shown before Django (Jamie Foxx) kills him.
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In Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Bill (David Carradine) described how painful a shot to the kneecap is. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) mentioned the same thing in Reservoir Dogs (1992). This was referenced when Django (Jamie Foxx) shoots Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) in both of his knees.
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This is the first of two movies which Samuel L. Jackson's character dies laying next to a dead or dying Walton Goggins character in the end of the film. Coincidentally they both are Quentin Tarantino movies.
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In the original script, Calvin Candie serves his guests rhubarb pie in the scene that leads to his death at the gun of Dr. King Schultz. In the film, he serves white cake.
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Django saying to Stephen "You right where you belong" on the balcony in the ending scene mirrors a similar moment in Quentin Tarantino's earlier movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) which following her bloody sword battle with the Crazy 88, The Bride (Uma Thurman) is seen standing on a balcony handrail which she tells Sophie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) to not leave with the heavily wounded and decapitated Crazy 88 members and to stay right she is.
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It comes as a coincidence that Samuel L. Jackson is in the movie. A decade earlier, in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Samuel L. Jackson's character Mace Windu kills Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), a bounty-hunter. Ironically, at the end of the movie, his character Stephen is killed by Django (Jamie Foxx) whom is a bounty-hunter.
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