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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Blake Nelson ... Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Willie Watson ... The Kid (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Clancy Brown ... Curly Joe (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Danny McCarthy ... Surly Joe's Brother (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
David Krumholtz ... Frenchman (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Thomas Wingate Thomas Wingate ... Gun Check Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tim DeZarn ... Mean-Eyed Card Player (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
E.E. Bell ... Piano Player (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Alejandro Patiño ... Cantina Bartender (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as Alejandro Patino)
Tom Proctor ... Cantina Bad Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Clinton Roberts Clinton Roberts ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as Clinton Robert)
Matthew Willig ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Jesse Youngblood Jesse Youngblood ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Jj Dashnaw Jj Dashnaw ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as JJ Dashnaw)
James Franco ... Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones")
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Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the segment "Meal Ticket", a sign can be seen in the background for an establishment called "Greaser Bob's." This seems to be a reference to the Coens' True Grit (2010), in which the establishment is mentioned by a passing trader but not shown. See more »

Goofs

In "Near Algodones" the words in the book reference the "First National Bank" but on the actual bank it says "First Federal Bank". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [atop his horse in bright white duds] A song never fails to ease my mind out here in the West, where the distances are great and the scenery monotonous. Additionally, my pleasing baritone seems to inspirit ol' Dan here and keep him in good heart during the day's measure of hoof clops. Ain't that right, Dan?
[his horse neighs]
Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): Maybe some of y'all have heard of me. Buster Scruggs, known to some as the San Saba Songbird. I got other handles, nicknames, appellations, and cognomens. But ...
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Carefree Drifter
Written by David Rawlings & Gillian Welch
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Dark comedy ends up just dark
17 November 2018 | by hlahornerSee all my reviews

Six separate stories of life in the old west, all visually stunning, well written and acted, some more enjoyable than others. The first story, about the namesake Buster Scruggs, is by far the best. Fast, clever dialog, funny and pays homage to classic Westerns. It easily could have been expanded into a full movie. The second story, which is very short, is full of irony and quite good. The next three stories take a bleak and depressing turn, lose the humor and go on much too long. Another reviewer said it best that although they are well done, it's hard to connect to the characters or stories, and ultimately are boring. I hung on hoping some of the dark wit would return, but it never did.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

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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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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