Django Unchained

December 25th 2012
  • Drama/Western,
  • R,
  • 165 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, Todd Allen, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rex Linn, Laura Cayouette, Lewis Smith, Cooper Huckabee, Nichole Galicia, LaTeace Towns-Cuellar, Misty Upham, David Steen
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Writer: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher, Harvey Weinstein
  • Associate Producer: William Paul Clark
  • Executive Producers: Michael Shamberg, James W. Skotchdopole, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Art Direction: David F. Klassen
  • Casting: Victoria Thomas
  • Costume Design: Sharen Davis
  • D.O.P.: Robert Richardson
  • Editor: Fred Raskin
  • Makeup: Heba Thorisdottir
  • Production Design: J. Michael Riva
  • Set Decoration: Andrea Babineau


Set in the Deep South during the 1850s, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a German bounty hunter/former dentist who buys Django (Jamie Foxx) as a slave so that he can help Schultz identify bounties for him. After successfully helping the good doctor with his bounty hunting, Django is given his freedom papers and is recruited by Schultz to continue being his partner in the bounty hunting business.

Django hones his bounty hunting skills until Schultz thinks he is ready to go to Mississippi; in order to free his wife (Broomhilda). When they find her where abouts through slave auction records, they discover she is in the hands of monsieur Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio); a francophile who takes great pleasure in watching Mandingos fight to the death. Django and Schultz cleverly con Candie into selling Django back his Broomhilda. But something goes rotten in the state of Denmark and Django finds himself fighting for his life, his wife, and sweet bloody vengeance.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: California, USA; Louisiana, USA; Wyoming, USA
  • Production Companies: Sony Pictures, Super Cool Man Shoe Too, Weinstein Company,
  • Production Schedule: 6 February 2012 - 25 July 2012

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Tarantino's first effort since "Inglourious Basterds" is this revenge thriller meets mashup of spaghetti westerns and blaxploitation, with its theme of slavery meeting the structure of a western. Sergio Corbucci's classic 1966 Italian western "Django", one of the most violent films ever made up to that point, is the big influence here.

Waltz plays Dr. Schultz, a bounty hunter who frees the slave Django (Foxx) to enlist his help tracking down three fugitive brothers. Once that's done, Schultz helps Django in his quest to rescue his wife from Candyland, a Southern plantation owned by the brutish Monsieur Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).

The story sounds fairly standard but the characters are colourful and he's enlisted a strong cast including Jackson as the head servant of Candie, Kurt Russell as the trainer for Candie's slaves, Don Johnson as another plantation owner, Sacha Baron Cohen as a gambler, and both Anthony LaPaglia and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as brutish Aussie brothers.

We can expect all the usual trademark Tarantino stylings as well - namely several scenes of long conversations fuelled by QT's trademark dialogue and underlined by mild tension leading to moments of explosive violence. Set for release at Christmas, it'll be interesting to see how this plays with audiences following the very impressive $320 million global haul of 'Basterds'."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 January 2013: Belgium, France
  • 17 January 2013: Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia
  • 18 January 2013: Brazil, Bulgaria, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 24 January 2013: Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore
  • 25 January 2013: Iceland, Spain
  • 31 January 2013: Argentina, Hungary