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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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Cast

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 ... Çurly Joe (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Danny McCarthy ... Curly 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")
Jesse Youngblood Jesse Youngblood ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Clinton Robert Clinton Robert ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Matthew Willig ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Jesse Youngblod Jesse Youngblod ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
J.J. Dashnaw ... Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
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An anthology film comprising six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The first project by the Coen brothers to be shot digitally. See more »

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In All Gold Canyon, during the shooting of the prospector and subsequent struggle, six shots are fired. The assailants revolver is a Colt Patterson model, an early percussion weapon with only a five shot capacity. See more »

Quotes

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[first lines]
Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [a top 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 ...
[...]
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Connections

References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Started well but couldn't keep it rolling
19 November 2018 | by chris-278-208073See all my reviews

The first 17 minutes were the highlight, and it went downhill from there. That first segment, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", was excellent. I could watch an entire movie based on that character, played extremely well by Tim Blake Nelson. It was interesting and funny.

"Near Algodones" kept me interested, and I enjoyed the characters, but there was no take away, so it kind of fell flat.

"Meal Ticket" was worthless and should have been cut altogether. It was extremely boring and sad.

"All Gold Canyon" and "The Gal Who Got Rattled" were enjoyable and interesting. Good characters and beautiful cinematography. Both segments kept my interest.

"The Mortal Remains" had some interesting dialogue but it fell off and didn't seem to have a point.

So one segment was fantastic, three others were pretty good, and two were completely forgettable. A mixed bag, but I generously give it a 6/10.


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