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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Credited cast:
James Franco ... Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones")
Liam Neeson ... Impresario (segment "Meal Ticket")
David Krumholtz ... Frenchman in Saloon (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Clancy Brown ... (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Zoe Kazan ... Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled)
Brendan Gleeson ... Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Stephen Root ... (segment "Near Algodones")
Harry Melling ... Harrison (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Ralph Ineson ... The Man In Black (segment "Near Algodones")
Tom Waits ... Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
Tyne Daly ... Lady (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Matthew Willig ... Hard Man #3 (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tim Blake Nelson ... Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tom Proctor ... Hard Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Saul Rubinek ... Frenchman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
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Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

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Rated R for some strong violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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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 »

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A hit and miss collection of shorts unlike anything else you'll see this year
13 October 2018 | by frosts-66091See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this at the LFF with the Coen brothers present. During their introduction they mentioned how they wrote each chapter as a series of shorts over 25 years, and it certainly felt like this both in good ways and bad. Each story was completely different from the one either side of it and none were short of originality. Stories unfolded in the way only a Coen brother's film could - a style that I have always admired.

What was slightly disappointing was its lack of continuity. Each of the stories are completely contained and the final short was one of the most disappointing for me ending in quite an anticlimax. I understand these shorts are independent of one another but had they intersected in some way I think there could have been a much more satisfying conclusion. But the subversion of that expectation I also admire, my brain was just full of the interesting situations that could have unfolded had these characters come into contact with each other - as per a Tarantino film. It could also have ended with a different short as the 5th story for me (and the gold panning segment) was arguably the best.

Aside from the story itself the film has great visuals, some amazing one liners and incredible acting performances - especially considering the lengths actors went to in order to get into character for just a 20 minutes segment of a film. Overall expect 6 Coen brothers shorts sewn together with the thinest fabric imaginable and a time at the cinema like you haven't had all year.


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