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Title: Django Unchained

Production Company: A Band Apart Productions  
  Columbia Pictures  
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Distribution Company: The Weinstein Company  

Release Date: 2012
Premiere Information: Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 Dec 2012
Production Date: 28 Nov 2011--24 Jul 2012
Duration (in mins): 165
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: French, German and English

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Producer: Stacey Sher (Prod)
  Reginald Hudlin (Prod)
  Pilar Savone (Prod)
  Bob Weinstein (Exec prod)
  Harvey Weinstein (Exec prod)
  Shannon McIntosh (Exec prod)
  James Skotchdopole (Exec prod)
  Michael Shamberg (Exec prod)
  William Paul Clark (Assoc prod)
Director: Quentin Tarantino (Dir)
  James Skotchdopole (Unit prod mgr)
  William Paul Clark (1st asst dir)
  Gregory Hale (2d asst dir)
  Melinda Johnson (2d 2d asst dir)
  Teresa Jolene Lee (2d 2d asst dir)
Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Scr)
Photography: Robert Richardson (Dir of photog)
  John T. Connor (1st asst cam)
  Gregor Tavenner (1st asst A cam)
  Jessica "Hot Wax" Lakoff (2d asst A cam)
  Nancy Piraquive (2d asst cam)
  Larry McConkey (Steadicam op)
  Cody Gautreau (Loader)
  Geraldine Brezca (Clapper "cam angel")
  Andrew Cooper (Still photog)
  Ian R. Kincaid (Gaffer)
  Daniel Tkaczyk (Best boy elec)
  Chip Carey (Senior set lighting)
  Jason Augustin (Set lighting)
  Jason Powell (Set lighting)
  Jeffrey Herring (Set lighting)
  Tim Hawn (Set lighting)
  Chris Trosclair (Genny op)
  Pete Chiaramonte (Dimmer board op)
  Joseph F. Guerino (Rigging gaffer)
  Josh Nobles (Rigging best boy)
  Justin Wright (Rigging elec)
  Henry Guzman (Rigging elec)
  Amanda Warning (Rigging elec)
  Matthew LeCrone (Rigging elec)
  Mike Grace (Rigging elec)
  Omar Leopoldo Torres (Rigging elec)
  Chris Centrella (Key grip)
  Steven Serna (Best boy grip)
  Gerald Autin (Best boy grip, New Orleans)
  Dan Pershing (Dolly grip)
  Mike Duarte (Crane tech)
  Joe Lotuaco (Grip)
  Bruce Del Castillo (Grip)
  Ryland Witten-Smith (Grip)
  Kenny Carceller (Grip)
  Bill Summers (Rigging key grip)
  Scott "Thumper" Wells (Best boy rigging grip)
  Daniel Strong (Rigging grip)
  John Emory (Rigging grip)
  Luis Lopez de Victoria (Rigging grip)
  Michael Satterfield (Rigging grip)
  Robert J. Skuse (Rigging grip)
  Ryan Watson (Rigging grip)
  Ted Gregg (Rigging grip)
  Simone Perusse (Best boy elec, California & Wyoming unit)
  Hugh McCallum (Best boy grip, California & Wyoming unit)
Art Direction: J. Michael Riva (Prod des)
  David Klassen (Supv art dir)
  Mara Schloop (Art dir)
  Page Buckner (Art dir)
  Lauren Abiouness (Asst art dir)
  Caleb V. Guillotte (Art dept coord)
Film Editor: Fred Raskin (Ed)
  Andrew S. Eisen (1st asst ed)
  Katia Washington (Ed prod asst)
  Greg D'Auria (1st asst ed)
  Stephanie Johnson (2d asst ed)
Set Decoration: Molly Mikula (Set des)
  Nicole Reed (Set des)
  Leslie Pope (Set dec)
  Chere Theriot (Set dec buyer)
  Russ Anderson (Leadman)
  Brad Curry (Drapery master)
  Darren Patnode (Set dresser)
  Chris Britt (Set dresser)
  Durel Yates (Set dresser)
  Jason Portera (Set dresser)
  Vince Leblanc (Set dresser)
  Sid Montz (Set dresser)
  John Lamkin (Set dresser)
  Erik Polczwartek (Set dresser)
  Andrea Babineau (Set dec coord)
  Lee Runnels (Greens foreman)
  David Tureau (Greens foreman)
  Steve Hanks (Greens foreman)
  Brian Walker (Const coord)
  William Daley, III (Gen foreman)
  John F. Karas (Toolman)
  Josh Morris (Paint foreman)
  Hope Parrish (Prop master)
  Tommy Miller (Asst prop master)
  Jon Graubarth (Props buyer)
  Cindy Mah (Props asst)
  Tony DiDio (Key armourer)
  Larry Zanoff (Senior armourer)
Costumes: Sharen Davis (Cost des)
  Paula Elins (Asst cost des)
  Elaine Ramires (Cost supv)
  Matt Chase (Principal/Stunt cost)
  Valerie Zielonka (Key principal cost)
  Jodie Stern (Key principal cost)
  Wendy Talley (Key principal cost)
  Craig Anthony (Personal cost for Mr. Foxx)
  Courtney Hoffman (Personal cost for Mr. Waltz)
  Cookie Fahey (Personal cost for Mr. DiCaprio)
  Askia Jacob (Personal cost for Mr. Jackson)
  Susan Thomas (Principal set cost)
  Megan "Bijou Dream Boat" Coates (Principal set cost)
  Kasey Bazil (Principal set cost)
Music: Mary Ramos (Mus supv)
  Robb Boyd (Mus ed)
Sound: Mark F. Ulano (Prod sd mixer)
  Wylie Stateman (Supv sd ed)
  Michael Minkler (Rerec mixer)
  Tony Lamberti (Rerec mixer)
  Harry Cohen (Sd eff des)
  Patrick Stoltz (Dubbing stage eng)
  Renee Tondelli (Dial & ADR supv)
  Dror Mohar (Eff ed)
  Hector Gika (Eff ed)
  Branden Spencer (Eff ed)
  Mike Wilhoit (Eff ed)
  Michael Hertlein (Dial ed)
  Michael Hertlein (Eff ed)
  John C. Stuver (Dial ed)
  Gary "The Wrecker" Hecker (Foley artist)
  Gary Marullo (Foley artist)
  Nerses Gezalyan (Foley artist)
  Greg Townsend (Asst rerec mixer)
  Tom Hartig (Boom op)
  Dirk Stout (Utility sd tech)
Special Effects: John Dykstra (Visual eff des)
  Andrew S. Eisen (Visual eff ed)
  John McLeod (Spec eff supv)
  Robert P. Clot (Spec eff foreman)
  Wes Mattox (Spec eff foreman)
  Jay Johnson (Title des)
  Rhythm & Hues Studios (Visual eff)
  Greg Steele (Visual eff supv, Rhythm & Hues Studios)
Make Up: Gregory Nicotero (Spec makeup eff/Spec make-up eff supv, KNB EFX)
  Heba Thorisdottir (Head of dept, Make-up)
  Camille Friend (Head of dept, Hair)
  Allan Apone (Asst head of dept, Makeup)
  Gregory C. Funk (Asst head of dept, Make-up)
  Kristin Berge (Asst head of dept, Hair)
  Deidra Dixon (Hair artist for Mr. Foxx)
  Kathy Blondell (Hair artist for Mr. DiCaprio)
  Kellie Robinson (Makeup artist)
  Aimee Stuit (Makeup artist)
  Paul Anthony Morris (Hair artist)
  Jeri Baker (Hair artist)
  KNB EFX Group, Inc. (Spec make-up eff provider)
  Jake Garber (Key spec make-up eff, KNB EFX)
  Gino Crognale (Spec make-up eff, KNB EFX)
Production Misc: Molly Allen (Prod supv, California & Wyoming unit)
  Marc A. Hammer (Prod supv)
  Tina Anderson (Post-prod supv)
  Jenny Fumarolo (Prod coord)
  Alex G. Scott (Prod supv)
  Martin Kitrosser (Scr supv)
  Will Greenfield (Prod coord)
  Christian Agypt (Asst prod coord)
  Wise Wolfe (Loc mgr)
  Justin Etienne (Asst loc mgr)
  Matt McLellan (Asst loc mgr)
  Wesley T. Rossi (Loc coord)
  John "Ponyboy" Minor (Loc scout)
  Jenny Fumarolo (Prod coord, California & Wyoming unit)
  Anna Burd (Asst prod coord, California & Wyoming unit)
  Kei Rowan-Young (Loc mgr, California & Wyoming unit)
  Mandi Dillin (Loc mgr, California & Wyoming unit)
  Victoria Thomas (Casting dir)
  Meagan Lewis (Casting dir, New Orleans)
  Bonnie Grisan (Casting assoc)
  Andrew Hadzopoulos (Casting asst)
  Barbara Harris (ADR voice casting)
  Meagan Lewis (Casting, New Orleans)
  Robin Batherson (Extras casting)
  Jason Landry (Key extras casting asst)
  Ian Batherson (Extras casting asst)
  Marcy Punch (Extras casting asst)
  Maryellen Aviano (Extras casting asst, California & Wyoming unit)
  Tim Clawson (Exec in charge of physical prod, Weinstein Company)
  Andrew J. Kramer (Exec in charge of bus and legal affairs, Weinstein Company)
  Laine Kline (Exec in charge of bus and legal affairs, Weinstein Company)
  Adrian Lopez (Exec in charge of bus and legal affairs, Weinstein Company)
  Tim Monich (Dialect coach for Mr. DiCaprio)
  Mary Jasionowski (Prod controller)
  Holly M. McGreevy (1st asst accountant)
  Carlos Goodman (Legal, A Band Apart)
  Ronald J. Levin (Prod legal)
  Entertainment Clearances, Inc. (Rights and clearances)
  Cassandra Barbour (Rights and clearances, Entertainment Clearances)
  Laura Sevier (Rights and clearances, Entertainment Clearances)
  Rusty Hendrickson (Boss wrangler)
  Monty Stuart (Wrangler)
  Mark Warrack (Wrangler)
  Noel Phillips (Wrangler)
  Scout Hendrickson (Wrangler)
  Paul Reynolds (Animal trainer)
  Tamara Andrews (Animal trainer)
  Otis Knighten (Animal trainer)
  Thomas Roach (Animal trainer)
  Thell Reed (Quick draw expert)
  Erin Hopkins (Film asst)
  Jade E. Chatham (Film asst)
  Kenneth Yu (Prod secy)
  Jennifer Davis (Prod secy)
  Katia Washington (Prod asst)
  Terrence Segura (Prod asst)
  Spencer Smith (Prod asst)
  Miguel Angelo Pate (Key set prod asst)
  Moira Glace (Set prod asst)
  Freddy Turner (Set prod asst)
  Todd Manes (Set prod asst)
  Shane McGoey (Set prod asst)
  Allan Apone (Set prod asst)
  Justin Dalzell (Set prod asst)
  Alyssa Gruhn (Set prod asst)
  Chris Clinton (Set prod asst)
  Coco Francini (Asst to Mr. Tarantino)
  Brendan Lee (Asst to Ms. Sher/Ms. Savone/Mr. Skotchdopole)
  Tremor Temchin (Asst to Ms. Sher/Ms. Savone/Mr. Skotchdopole)
  Jeffrey Kent (Asst to Mr. Hudlin)
  Iyanna Newborn (Asst to Mr. Foxx)
  Emily Taylor-Mortoff (Asst to Mr. Waltz)
  Jason Irizarry (Asst to Mr. DiCaprio/Security to Mr. DiCaprio)
  Volney McFarlin (Asst to Mr. Jackson)
  Welch Lambeth (Transportation coord)
  Charlie Wright (Transportation capt)
  Steve Duncan (Transportation coord, California & Wyoming unit)
  William Casey (Unit pub)
Stand In: Jeff Dashnaw (Stunt coord)
  Jason Ament (Stunt performer)
  Doc Duhame (Stunt performer)
  Derek LaCassa (Stunt performer)
  Jason Rodriguez (Stunt performer)
  John Ashker (Stunt performer)
  Ousaun Elam (Stunt performer)
  Howard Long (Stunt performer)
  Mark Rodriguez (Stunt performer)
  Chrissy Weathersby Ball (Stunt performer)
  Nick Epper (Stunt performer)
  Kyle McCashland (Stunt performer)
  James Ryan (Stunt performer)
  Craig Branham (Stunt performer)
  Danny Epper (Stunt performer)
  Rick Moffatt (Stunt performer)
  Constant Schell (Stunt performer)
  Christopher Brewster (Stunt performer)
  Martin Joseph Fairhurst (Stunt performer)
  Shawn Nash (Stunt performer)
  Eric Schultz (Stunt performer)
  Emily Brobst (Stunt performer)
  Guy Fernandez (Stunt performer)
  Brian Oerly (Stunt performer)
  Wesley Scott (Stunt performer)
  Mark Brooks (Stunt performer)
  Ramon Frank (Stunt performer)
  Belinda Owino (Stunt performer)
  Gunter Simon (Stunt performer)
  Brian Lee Brown (Stunt performer)
  Troy Gilbert (Stunt performer)
  Miguel A. Pate (Stunt performer)
  Coy Speer (Stunt performer)
  William Paul Brown (Stunt performer)
  Ryan James Happy (Stunt performer)
  Dario Perez (Stunt performer)
  Monty Stuart (Stunt performer)
  Richard Bucher (Stunt performer)
  Thirl Haston (Stunt performer)
  Scott A. Perez (Stunt performer)
  Mallory Thompson (Stunt performer)
  Chris Bryant (Stunt performer)
  Rusty Hendrickson (Stunt performer)
  Jordan J. Perry (Stunt performer)
  Matt Thompson (Stunt performer)
  Trace Cheramie (Stunt performer)
  Scout Hendrickson (Stunt performer)
  Noel Phillips (Stunt performer)
  Mark Warrack (Stunt performer)
  Chad Dashnaw (Stunt performer)
  Dylan Hice (Stunt performer)
  Willy Picket (Stunt performer)
  Quinsetta Walls (Stunt performer)
  JJ Dashnaw (Stunt performer)
  Johnny Hock (Stunt performer)
  Jim Pratt (Stunt performer)
  Jordan Warrack (Stunt performer)
  Nicholas P. Dashnaw (Stunt performer)
  Jake Huang (Stunt performer)
  Tom Proctor (Stunt performer)
  Mike Watson (Stunt performer)
  Patrick Denver (Stunt performer)
  Yoshio Iizuka (Stunt performer)
  Thomas Raney (Stunt performer)
  James Lewis White (Stunt performer)
  Holland Diaz (Stunt performer)
  Kristian Kery (Stunt performer)
  Pat Ricotti (Stunt performer)
  Travis Wong (Stunt performer)
  Brian Duffy (Stunt performer)
  Clark J. Knighten (Stunt performer)
  Mic Rodgers (Stunt performer)
  Nico Woulard (Stunt performer)
  Clay Donahue Fontenot (Stunt double for Django)
  Freddie Hice (Stunt double for Dr. King Schultz)
  Terrill Roberson (Stand-in)
  Quinsetta Walls (Stand-in)
  Emmanuel Edwards (Stand-in)
  David Coennen (Stand-in)
  Michael Faradie (Stand-in)
  Olga Wilhelmine (Stand-in)
Color Personnel: EFILM (Digital intermediate services)
  Yvan Lucas (Digital intermediate col, EFILM)
  Tom Reiser (Digital intermediate col, EFILM)
  Luis Silva (Digital intermediate col asst, EFILM)

Music Text:
Song Text: "Django Theme Song (English Version)," written by Luis Bacalov, performed by Luis Bacalov, Rocky Roberts, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Rito Finale," written by Ennio Morricone, conducted by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, Universal Music Publishing Records, S.R.L.; "The Braying Mule," written and performed by Ennio Morricone (from Two Mules for Sister Sara ), courtesy of Universal Studios; "Main Titles Theme Song (Lo Chiamavano King)," written by Luis Bacalov, performed by Luis Bacalov, Edda Dell'Orso, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Norme Con Ironie," written by Ennio Morricone, conducted by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Records S.R.L.; "Gavotte," arranged by Grace Collins; "Town of Silence," written by Luis Bacalov, performed by Luis Bacalov, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Town of Silence (2nd Version)," written by Luis Bacalov, performed by Luis Bacalov, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Freedom," written by Elayna Boynton, Kelvin Wooten, Anthony Hamilton, performed by Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton, Elayna Boynton appears courtesy of Woodaworx, Inc., Anthony Hamilton appears courtesy of RCA Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment; "La Corsa (2nd Version)," written by Luis Bacalov, performed by Luis Bacalov, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "I Got a Name," written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimble, performed by Jim Croce, courtesy of Lastrada Entertainment/Rhino Independent, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Requiem (Verdi) – Prologue," music composed by Masamichi Amano, music performed by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (from Battle Royale ), courtesy of Toei Music Publishing Co. Ltd.; "I Giorni Dell'Ira," written by Riz Ortolani, conducted by Riz Ortolani, courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Records S.R.L.; "The Big Risk," written and performed by Ennio Morricone, courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music, Inc.; "100 Black Coffins," written by Jamie Foxx and Rick Ross, performed by Rick Ross, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group; "Minacciosamente Lotano," written and performed by Ennio Morricone, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Trackers Chant," inspired by Quentin Tarantino, encouraged by David Stern, James Parks, Michael Bowen, Bobby Carradine, Zoe Bell, Jake Garber, written by Ted Neeley, performed by Ted Neeley, Bruce Landon Yauger; "Nicaragua," written and performed by Jerry Goldsmith, featuring guest soloist Pat Metheny, courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.; "Ancora Qui," written by Ennio Morricone and Elisa Toffoli, performed by Elisa, courtesy of Sugar SRL; "Sister Sara's Theme," written and performed by Ennio Morricone (from Two Mules for Sister Sara ), courtesy of Universal Studios; "Blue Dark Waltz," written and performed by Luis Bacalov, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Fur Elise," arranged by Ashley Toman; "Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)," performed by James Brown and 2Pac, mixed and edited by Claudio Cueni, "The Payback" as Performed by James Brown written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks, courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Untouchable (Swizz Bratz Remix)," performed by 2Pac, written by Kasseem Dean, Yafeu Fula, Anthony Henderson, Tupac Shakur, Bruce Washington, courtesy of Amaru Entertainment/Interscope Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises (incorporates dialogue Performed by Ace Speck/James Remar, Dr. King Schultz/Christoph Waltz and Django/Jamie Foxx); "Freedom," written and performed by Richie Havens, courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; "Who Did That to You?," written by John Legend, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangment with Sony Music Licensing; "Ain't No Grave (Black Opium Remix)," traditional arrangement by John R. Cash and Claude Ely, performed by Johnny Cash, courtesy of American Recordings, LLC, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Too Old to Die Young," written by Dege Legg, performed by Brother Dege, courtesy of Golarwash Labs and Records LLC; "Un Monumento," written and performed by Ennio Morricone, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Trinity: Titoli," written by F. Micalizzi, L. Stott, performed by Annibale E I Cantori Moderni, courtesy of Carosello C.E.M.E.D., Italy; "Dopo La Congiura," written and performed by Ennio Morricone, courtesy of EMI General Music Publishing SRL; "Ode to Django (The D Is Silent)," produced by RZA, instruments by RZA and Trú James, Stone Mecca Dialogues provided by RZA and Rev. William Burks, lyrics by RZA, inspired by Quentin Tarantino, courtesy of Wu Tang Productions (incorporated dialogue from Day of Anger, directed by Tonino Valerii, Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci, and The Ugly Ones, directed by Eugenio Martín.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Masamichi Amano
  Luis Bacalov
  Elayna Boynton
  James Brown
  John R. Cash
  Grace Collins
  Kasseem Dean
  Claude Ely
  Charles Fox
  Jamie Foxx
  Yafeu Fula
  Norman Gimble
  Jerry Goldsmith
  Anthony Hamilton
  Richie Havens
  Anthony Henderson
  John Legend
  Dege Legg
  Franco Micalizzi
  Ennio Morricone
  Ted Neeley
  Bruno Nicolai
  Riz Ortolani
  Rocky Roberts
  Rick Ross
  RZA
  Tupac Shakur
  John Starks
  Harold Stott
  Elisa Toffoli
  Ashley Toman
  Bruce Washington
  Fred Wesley
  Kelvin Wooten

Cast:   Jamie Foxx (Django)  
    Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz)  
    Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie)  
    Kerry Washington (Broomhilda)  
    Samuel L. Jackson (Stephen)  
    Walton Goggins (Billy Crash)  
    Dennis Christopher (Leonide Moguy)  
    James Remar (Ace Speck)  
    David Steen (Mr. Stonesipher)  
    Dana Gourrier (Cora)  
    Nichole Galicia (Sheba)  
    Laura Cayouette (Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly)  
    Sammi Rotibi (Rodney)  
    Clay Donahue Fontenot (Clay)  
    Escalante Lundy (Big Fred)  
    Miriam F. Glover (Betina)  
    Don Johnson (Big Daddy)  
    Bruce Dern (Old Man Carrucan)  
    Ato Essandoh (D'Artagnan)  
    Franco Nero (Cameo)  
    James Russo (Dicky Speck)  
    Tom Wopat (U. S. Marshall Gill Tatum)  
    Don Stroud (Sheriff Bill Sharp)  
    Russ Tamblyn (Son of a gunfighter)  
    Amber Tamblyn (Daughter of a son of a gunfighter)  
    M. C. Gainey (Big John Brittle)  
    Cooper Huckabee (Lil Raj Brittle)  
    Doc Duhame (Ellis Brittle)  
    Jonah Hill (Bag head #2)  
    Lee Horsley (Sheriff Gus (Snowy Snow))  
    Zoë Bell (Tracker)  
    Michael Bowen (Tracker)  
    Robert Carradine (Tracker)  
    Jake Garber (Tracker)  
    Ted Neeley (Tracker)  
    James Parks (Tracker)  
    Tom Savini (Tracker)  
    Michael Parks (LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. employee)  
    John Jarratt (LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. employee)  
    Quentin Tarantino (LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. employee)  

Summary: In 1858 Southern United States, Dr. King Schultz drives his dentist carriage through the woods in search of an African-American slave named Django. He stops two brothers, Dicky and Ace Speck, who are transporting five slaves, and determines which slave is Django. King interrogates Django, asking if he would recognize the Brittle brothers, and the slave confirms that he knows Big John, Lil Raj, and Ellis Brittle, as they were overseers at the Carrucan plantation where he used to work. King offers to buy Django from the Specks, but they refuse. When Ace draws his gun, King shoots him dead, then shoots Dicky's horse so that it falls and pins Dicky to the ground. King throws money at Dicky, draws up a bill of sale for Django, and frees him from the iron shackles around his ankles. King then instructs Django to take the coat from Ace's corpse and mount Ace's horse. Before King and Django ride away, King suggests to the remaining four slaves that they kill Dicky and follow the North Star so they can start their lives anew in a Northern town. Soon after, in Daughtrey, Texas, townspeople gawk as King and Django ride through town, disturbed by the sight of an African-American man on a horse. King and Django go to a bar, where King threatens the bartender and tells him to fetch the sheriff. Drinking a beer, King explains to Django that he no longer practices dentistry and is now a bounty hunter. He plans to kill the Brittle brothers for a sizeable bounty and asks Django to enter into an agreement with him wherein Django identifies the men and King pays a portion of the earnings to him. Afterward, King will allow Django to go free. As Sheriff Bill Sharp arrives, King shoots him dead and provides documentation to the town's Marshall, Gill Tatum, to prove that Sharp was actually a fugitive named Willard Peck and King is owed two-hundred dollars for his capture. That night, King asks Django what he will do once he is free, and Django says he will find his wife, Broomhilda, and buy her freedom. King, who is from Germany, is astonished to learn that Broomhilda, though an African-American slave, was originally owned by a German family and speaks German. He is further shocked that Django and Broomhilda are husband and wife, as slaves are not legally allowed to marry. At a clothing shop, King tells Django that they will be traveling to several Tennessee plantations in search of the Brittle brothers, with Django pretending to be King's valet. Allowed to pick out a new outfit for himself, Django selects a flamboyant blue coat with matching breeches and wears the ensemble with a large, white ribbon around his neck as the men enter "Big Daddy" Bennett's plantation. There, King distracts Bennett, saying he plans to buy one of the African-American females on the plantation, while Django tours the grounds in search of the Brittle brothers. After spotting Ellis Brittle in the cotton fields, Django sees Big John and Lil Raj preparing to whip a female slave and recalls the time that the Brittles whipped Broomhilda when he and his wife tried to escape the Carrucan plantation. Angered by the memory, Django shoots Big John and Lil Raj despite King's plans to kill the men himself. Once King arrives, Django points to Ellis in the fields and the bounty hunter shoots their final target with a long range rifle. Although King explains to Bennett that the Brittles were wanted criminals, Bennett orders King and Django to leave. That night, Bennett tracks down King and Django's campsite and attacks it with a mob of men wearing white sacks over their heads; however, King foresaw the attack and rigged his carriage with dynamite. From a perch above the campsite, King and Django shoot at Bennett's mob and the carriage, causing an explosion. Django uses the long range rifle to shoot Bennett as he flees, and King determines that he is a natural marksman. Later, King tells Django the classic German legend about a princess named Broomhilda, who was placed atop a mountain after disobeying her father. Although she was surrounded by a dragon and a circle of fire, a man named Siegfried saved her because he was not afraid. King offers to help Django find his Broomhilda, suggesting that they work together as a bounty hunting team over the winter. In the spring, King promises they will travel to Greenville, Mississippi, the slave-trading town where Broomhilda was sold at auction, to discover where she was sent. Django agrees and, throughout the winter, he practices target shooting and kills several wanted men alongside King. By springtime, King and Django arrive in Greenville and locate the sale ledger stating that Broomhilda was purchased by Calvin Candie, a young heir who runs the Candyland plantation. Because Broomhilda would not be worth enough money for Candie to bother selling her to King, he devises a scheme to gain access to Candyland, telling Django they must pretend to be a duo interested in "Mandingo fighting," a brutal sport in which African-American slaves are forced to fight to the death. As Candie is a Mandingo enthusiast, King proposes that he approach Candie to buy one of his Mandingos, with Django posing as the "Mandingo expert" who will help King choose the best fighter. After King contacts Candie's lawyer, they meet Candie at the Cleopatra Club, where he is overseeing a Mandingo fight. The brawl ends when the winning Mandingo, "Big Fred," gouges out his opponent's eyes and kills him with a hammer. Candie rewards Big Fred with a beer then joins King and Django at the bar. Baffled by the fact that Django, an African-American man, is treated as an equal by King, Candie interrogates him, but Django evades his questions. Although King makes excuses for his companion, Candie is intrigued by Django's rebelliousness. The following day, King and Django travel to Candyland, along with Candie's entourage, to check out Candie's fighters. Riding onto the large estate, they come upon a Mandingo trying to escape. Candie reprimands the man, telling him that he has two more fights before he can quit, and although King tries to dissuade him from tormenting the slave, Candie orders an overseer to sic two dogs on him. The dogs kill the Mandingo before everyone's eyes as Candie confronts Django, suggesting that King is not indifferent enough to participate in Mandingo fighting. However, Django assures Candie that King is simply unaccustomed to seeing humans killed by dogs and pretends to be unmoved by the sadistic display. As they arrive at Candie's mansion, King requests to see Candie's German-speaking slave before dinner, and Candie obliges, asking his head slave, Stephen, to fetch Broomhilda. Unbeknownst to Candie, Broomhilda tried to run away the previous night, so she is in a "hot box" in the yard. Wincing at the sight of his abused wife, Django watches the overseers take the naked Broomhilda from the hot box and deposit her in a wheelbarrow. That evening, Broomhilda is delivered to King's room, where he speaks to her in German and explains that he and a mutual friend have come to rescue her. After she promises not to scream, King signals for Django to enter the room and Broomhilda faints upon seeing him. At dinner, Broomhilda serves Candie and his guests as King discusses "Eskimo Joe," the Mandingo he wants to buy, agreeing to pay $12,000 for him. King promises to return in four days with his lawyer and mentions that he would also like to purchase Broomhilda. Meanwhile, Stephen detects Broomhilda's familiarity with Django and pulls Candie aside to tell him that King and Django are lying. Stephen insists they only came to buy Broomhilda, not a Mandingo, and that she and Django must be in love. Candie returns to the dining room with a human skull, explaining that it belonged to Ben, Stephen's father, a longtime slave at Candyland. Discussing phrenology, Candie asserts that African Americans are naturally submissive due to the anatomy of their brains. Suddenly, Candie's guard, Butch Pooch, appears with a gun aimed at King and Django, and Candie tells King he has sussed out their plan. At gunpoint, Candie forces King to hand over $12,000 for Broomhilda. Soon after, Candie signs a bill of sale and presents King with Broomhilda's freedom papers. The three attempt to leave, but Candie insists that King shakes his hand first. Infuriated, King produces a gun from inside his sleeve and shoots Candie dead. Pooch responds by shooting and killing King, and Django takes up arms, firing at the overseers as they flood the mansion. Out of ammunition, Django surrenders when Billy Crash, the head overseer, holds Broomhilda hostage. The next day, Django is sold to the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company. On the way there, Django gets the attention of the LeQuint Dickey employees who are transporting him, lying that there is a gang of wanted fugitives back at Candyland with a bounty of $11,500 on their heads. Django presents them with an old wanted poster and says that if they go back to Candyland, he will point out the fugitives and help kill them for the fee of $500. When the men confirm with three other slaves in tow that Django is a bounty hunter who arrived at Candyland the day before, they unshackle him and provide him with a horse and gun. Django quickly turns on the men, shooting them dead, and returns to Candyland to retrieve Broomhilda. While Candie's funeral is being conducted, Django kills a group of Candyland overseers and reunites with Broomhilda. That evening, he ambushes Candie's funeral party as they return home, killing Crash, and Candie's sister, Lara Lee, and shooting Stephen in the kneecaps. As he leaves the house, Django lights a long fuse and walks away as the mansion explodes, joining Broomhilda on horseback as they ride into the distance.  

 
Genre: Western
 
Subject Major: Bounty hunters
  Friendship
  Marriage
  Plantation owners
  Search and rescue operations
  Slavery
  United States--History--19th century
 
Subject Minor: Cotton
  Dogs
  Dynamite
  Fistfights
  Gambling
  Gunfights
  Heirs
  Horses
  Impersonation and imposture
  Louisiana
  Mansions
  Miners
  Mississippi
  Plantations
  Romance
  Saloons
  Sheriffs
  Slave auctions
  Slavery--Emancipation
  Tennessee
  Texas
  Torture
  Voyages and travel

Note: In a 19 Dec 2012 Village Voice interview, writer-director Quentin Tarantino stated that he wrote the first scene of Django Unchained in 2009, while promoting the release of his film Inglourious Basterds (2009, see entry) in Japan. At the time, Tarantino was working on a book about Sergio Corbucci, an Italian film director known for "Spaghetti Westerns," a subgenre of Westerns generally associated with Italian directors working in the 1960s and 1970s. At a Japanese record store, Tarantino found numerous soundtracks for Spaghetti Western films that had been reissued, and between writing the book and listening to the soundtracks, his screenplay for Django Unchained was heavily influenced by the Spaghetti Western genre.
       According to production notes from AMPAS library files, actor Christoph Waltz read the script frequently throughout its development, visiting Tarantino's home to read various drafts aloud to the writer-director. In keeping with Tarantino's desire to create a slave story in the style of a Spaghetti Western, the film's lead character "Django" was named after the main character in the seminal 1966 Spaghetti Western film, Django. Franco Nero, who played the title role in Django, made a cameo appearance in Django Unchained.
       The script was finished in late Apr 2011. A 9 May 2011 DV item stated that Will Smith was Tarantino's first choice to play "Django" and the writer-director had written the role "with Smith in mind," although the actor would have to waive his usual rate of $20 million to take part in the project. Smith eventually passed on the role, as stated in a 23 Jun 2011 DV brief, and Jamie Foxx was cast in his place. Other actors who were mentioned as possible cast members but who did not appear in the film included: RZA, the composer for Tarantino's Kill Bill – Vol. 1 (2003, see entry), who was set to play a slave as stated in a 3 Nov 2011 DV item; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, rumored to be joining the cast in a 24 Oct 2011 DV item; and Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell, who were both mentioned in connection to the same role by a 4 Oct 2011 DV brief. Additionally, a 14 Nov 2011 DV news item stated that Tarantino had written a character named "Scotty" for actor Sacha Baron Cohen; however, neither Cohen nor the character made it into the final version.
       Principal photography began 28 Nov 2011. As stated in production notes, Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA, which was once owned by Gene Autry and a popular filming site for Westerns such as the television series Gunsmoke and High Noon (1952, see entry), served as a location. Filming also took place at Simi Valley, CA's Big Sky Ranch, and outside Long Pine, CA. When shooting in Mammoth, CA, was cancelled due to lack of snow, the production moved to Jackson, WY, to capture winter scenes. The location that doubled as the plantation owned by Don Johnson's character, "Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett," was Evergreen Plantation outside New Orleans, LA. Evergreen also served as the filming site for the slave quarters shown in the film, while the interior of "Calvin Candie's" plantation home was built on a soundstage at Second Line Studio in New Orleans. After a final portion of filming in Los Angeles, CA, production ended 24 Jul 2012.
       According to the 19 Dec 2012 Village Voice article, the production budget exceeded $80 million. During principal photography, Tarantino agreed to forgo some of his profit participation in exchange for three extra weeks of shooting. Due to the extended production period, post-production was shortened to a four-month schedule. Adding to the difficulty, Tarantino was forced to work for the first time without his longtime editor, Sally Menke, who died in Sep 2010. Having collaborated with Menke on each of his previous films, Tarantino likened her contribution to "that of a co-writer."
       Critical reception was mixed. In his 25 Dec 2012 Chicago Tribune review, Michael Phillips complained about the film's two-hour-forty-five-minute length and erratic pacing. Betsy Sharkey in the 24 Dec 2012 LAT acknowledged that some scenes went on too long; however, she claimed the film was Tarantino's "most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling...and downright entertaining film yet." In his 25 Dec 2012 NYT review, A. O. Scott called the film "a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism."
       A 7 Jan 2013 LAT article announced that Django Unchained had taken in $106.4 million in box-office receipts to date. The film was named as one of AFI's Movies of the Year and received the following Golden Globe Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Christoph Waltz); and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. Golden Globe nominations included: Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Leonardo DiCaprio); Best Director – Motion Picture. On 10 Jan 2013, the film received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture; Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Christoph Waltz); Original Screenplay; Cinematography; and Sound Editing.
       Production designer J. Michael Riva passed away 7 Jun 2012 during filming in New Orleans, LA, as stated in production notes.
 

Note Credits: General (mod): Will Smith {Casting}
  General (mod): RZA
  General (mod): Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  General (mod): Kevin Costner
  General (mod): Kurt Russell
  General (mod): Sacha Baron Cohen
  Geographic location: Santa Clarita California United States
  Geographic location: Long Pine California United States
  Geographic location: Simi Valley California United States
  Geographic location: Jackson Wyoming United States
  Geographic location: New Orleans Louisiana United States
  Geographic location: Los Angeles California United States

Source   Date   Page
Chicago Tribune   25 Dec 2012   p. 1.
Daily Variety   9 May 2011   p. 1, 10.
Daily Variety   23 Jun 2011.   
Daily Variety   29 Sep 2011.   
Daily Variety   4 Oct 2011.   
Daily Variety   24 Oct 2011.   
Daily Variety   3 Nov 2011.   
Daily Variety   14 Nov 2011.   
Los Angeles Times   24 Dec 2012   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   7 Jan 2013   Section D, p. 1.
New York Times   25 Dec 2012   Section C, p. 1.
Village Voice   19 Dec 2012.   

 
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