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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.

Directors:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liam Neeson ... Impresario (segment "Meal Ticket")
James Franco ... Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones")
Zoe Kazan ... Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled)
David Krumholtz ... Frenchman (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Clancy Brown ... Curly Joe (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Brendan Gleeson ... Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Stephen Root ... Teller (segment "Near Algodones")
Harry Melling ... Harrison (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tom Waits ... Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
Ralph Ineson ... The Man In Black (segment "Near Algodones")
Tim Blake Nelson ... Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tyne Daly ... Lady (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Saul Rubinek ... Frenchman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Matthew Willig ... Hard Man #3 (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Chelcie Ross ... Trapper (segment "The Mortal Remains")
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An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.

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Stories live forever. People don't. See more »


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Rated R for some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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At 132 minutes, this is the longest film directed by the Coen Brothers. See more »

Quotes

[after barely escaping being hung earlier and about to be hanged again, along with several other men, the cowboy sees a man sobbing in the noose next to him]
Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones"): First time?
[the man looks at him, confused]
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Soundtracks

When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings
Written by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
Performed by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson
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Smart, Well Done & Boring
17 November 2018 | by doveedSee all my reviews

How do you rate a movie that is very well done, but you just don't connect with it at all? I love the Coen brothers, and I watched this with an open heart. Not every Coen brothers movie knocks it out of the park, but all of them are at least smart and interesting. The same holds true for this one, though I'm sorry to say that I found myself bored throughout most of it.

Six stories is a lot to process in one sitting. The problem for me was that I would be watching one of the segments, trying to understand its significance or find something to appreciate story-wise, and then we moved on to the next tale.

There was nothing wrong with it and I would consider watching it again some time with a fresh perspective. This movie did seem to have a grasp on itself and I trust that the Coens knew what they were doing. It was very unique and beautifully shot, but I think this one ranks low on the Coen's filmography. And if this wasn't a Coen brothers movie, I would probably be more dismissive of it.


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