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Django Unchained

  • 2012
  • R
  • 165min
  • 88%
  • 8.4 / 10

The movie tells the story of the title character Django, a black slave in the antebellum South, who is freed by a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. Django explains to Waltz that his wife, also a slave, is still in captivity and that he plans to free her as well. Upon hearing Django's story, and the name of his wife, Broomhilda, Schultz is reminded of a German folktale of heroism, and agrees to train Django and assist him in his efforts to free his beloved wife, who they discover is under the ownership of a wealthy and eccentric plantation owner named Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is brutal, and often over the top, look at the cruelties of 19th century antebellum America and the harsh realities of slavery at the time.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, as Calvin J. Candie, the primary antagonist of the film, gave a performance of a lifetime in the film, to the extent that he even acted through a severe injury in one scene. As he told it in an interview about the film, DiCaprio explained that in a dinner scene where Candie becomes greatly angered, he slammed his hand on a glass, breaking it and badly cutting open his hand. In this same scene, his character is called to grab the face of Django's wife Broomhilda, which DiCaprio did with his bloodied hand. Shocked and dismayed by the unexpected blood, this elicited a genuine reaction of horror from Kerry Washington, who played Broomhilda. Director Quentin Tarantino found this so authentic and engrossing, this was the take he used for the final cut of the film.

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Django Unchained is a 2012 American Western action film written and directed by prolific filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. It is a revisionist Western, leaning toward a gritty and dark look at antebellum America, through Tarantino's trademark stylized lens of violence and monologuing villains. The movie stars Jamie Foxx in the title role of Django, as well as Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kerry Washington. Distribution was handled by the Weinstein Company, who has been involved in most of Tarantino's films. It was produced on a budget of $100 million.