Release Date: December 25, 2012 (US)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writter: Quentin Tarantino
Jamie Foxx as: Django
Co-Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington
Runtime: 165 min
Genres: Drama, Western
Rated: R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity
Production budget: $100 million (estimated)
Box office: $422 million
Links: Imdb – Official Site
Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who’s liberated by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter and taught the tricks of the trade by his mentor. Django’s major goal in life is to recover his wife (Kerry Washington), and to do it he needs to get past the villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), who runs Candyland, a despicable club and plantation in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in “mandingo”-style death matches. Candie is a slave’s worst nightmare, and that is where Django’s wife Broomhilda is an abused slave.
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- The film was shot in 130 days (from February 28, 2012 to June 2012) This was Quentin Tarantino’s longest shooting schedule for a single film.
- The final draft of the script is dated April 26th, 2011.
- The title and setting of the film was inspired by the 1960s spaghetti western “Django”, with that film’s star, Franco Nero, having a small role.
- Jamie Foxx used his own horse, Cheetah, in the movie.
- This is the second time Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington have portrayed a married couple. The two previously starred as Ray Charles and Della Bea Robinson in “Ray”.
- The soundtrack features original composition from Rick Ross called “100 Black Coffins”. The track was produced and co-written by Jamie Foxx.
This is the truest depiction of slavery [on screen], in terms of how tough and brutal it was. When you see the movie you’ll automatically go back to the time and the way slaves were treated. – Jamie Foxx
This actually gives us an opportunity to entertain and to educate people that are wondering what slavery is about. Young kids, black and white, but especially black kids, they don’t know about slavery today. So before the movie comes out, I hope we can talk about what happened in this country. I think we are grown enough to do it now. – Jamie Foxx
I could not have done [that film] without Jamie. This character required me to go places that were unimaginable. And it really pushed me to the edge of my sanity… And if I didn’t have Jamie — somebody who I so love and respect and admire — as my partner, I couldn’t have done it. – Kerry Washington about working with Jamie Foxx
Like “Inglourious Basterds,” Django Unchained is crazily entertaining, brazenly irresponsible and also ethically serious in a way that is entirely consistent with its playfulness. – The New York Times
An immensely satisfying taste of antebellum empowerment packaged as spaghetti-Western homage… A bloody hilarious (and hilariously bloody) Christmas counter-programmer. – Variety
The most consistently entertaining movie of 2012. It’s 165 minutes long and shouldn’t be a minute shorter, a film of surprises, both in story and in casting, and of moments of agonizing, teased-out tension. The dialogue is dazzling. – San Francisco Chronicle