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Django (1966)

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Release Date: Dec 21, 1966 Wide

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A mysterious man trudges into town dragging a mud-stained coffin behind him. This man is Django (Franco Nero). After he saves Maria (Loredana Nusciak) from certain death, Django finds himself in the middle of a war between Mexican revolutionaries and a band of sadistic racists led by the fanatical Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo). In the face of overwhelming odds, Django has a plan: to exact revenge while pitting enemy against enemy. Featuring the addictively catchy title song performed by Rocky

Sep 24, 2002

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Sergio Corbucci's Django is trapped between two states (literally Texas and Mexico, more metaphorically life and death) even as he brings a new (a)morality and sadism to a gunslinging figure of old America.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Sergio Corbucci's film is notable not only for the artistry of its construction, but also for the underlying anger that fuels its political agenda.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Flavorful enough to convince us that its multitude of sequels was no fluke.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

[VIDEO ESSAY] With an emphasis on gory brutality, Corbucci introduced a blood-soaked drifter closely modeled after Clint Eastwood's iconic character from Leone's films, but with one clear difference - Django drags a coffin with him everywhere he goes.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

When Tarantino's bulging eyes first laid eyes on Django...one can understand his affection for the film's memorable iconography - the dragged coffin, the hand crushed by a rifle butt; stylisation that made a two dime plot more colourful, more memorable.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Django is a mean, unpretentious genre wallow.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's a simple story, but it sticks with you because of what it says about humanity shackled by the structures it built: government, religion, commerce.

July 19, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I found it to be a wonderful junk film to nosh on between more nutritious films, if you may.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
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January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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One of the greatest of all Spaghetti Westerns.

April 14, 2003
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July 1, 2013
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Directors Cat

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The influence of this film is only partially why it is so great. This is one kick ass spaghetti western, directed by the other master of the genre, Sergio Corbucci. The look is great: muddy, dirty, and bleak. This, combined with the mood, tone, and atmosphere of the film perfectly match the disillusionment of the era in which is was made. It's hard not to compare this to Leone's work, but thankfully it's not a rip off. The basic concept is what sold me: a lone, enigmatic warrior dragging a coffin around. That's cool. Hell, it's so cool a video game called Gun Grave stole the concept (except in the game the coffin is strapped to the guy's back and not drug). This is good stuff all around, especially the story (even if it is simple), the music (not Morricone for once), and the camera work. Also, while it might be petty tame by today's standards, this is a particularly violent film for its time, and easily one of its most notable features. Watch this if you can find it- it's amazing.
January 6, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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Django is no masterpiece but it's just one of those films you can't help but think 'That's so f**king cool'. Its the best kind of Spaghetti western, a precursor to exploitation films and 70's independent cinema as well as being a huge influence on contemporary film makers, Quentin Tarantino being the most obvious (and guess what, his version comes out soon). The imagery is superb, Django pulling his coffin behind him and then revealing what is inside is cinema at its most kick-ass. Love it.
October 8, 2012
SirPant

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With an alleged estimate of over 100 unofficial sequels and one official Sergio Corbucci's "Django" is one of the most popular and loved Italian westerns, often regarded as one of the best non-Leone ones. It forever immortalized Franco Nero as a personal favorite actor amongst fans of the genre. While Sergio Corbucci himself was given high credit for his work. Here he demonstrates his creative skills, even through the limits of the genre he spins a violently fresh tale of racial hatred, deceit and vengeance.

Franco Nero stars as Django, a lone rough-cut gunslinger in worn-out clothes and duster. He travels through the grim, dirty badlands dragging a coffin behind him. In the opening scene Django rescues a woman from a group of men wearing red ties around their necks. He leads her back towards the nearby town, a secluded nearly ghostlike place with only the local saloon operating. It seems the town had been torn apart by countless battles between a group of racist Southerners that wear red ties as indication of their "beliefs" and the forces of a rebel self-proclaimed Mexican general. Unlike "A Fistful Of Dollars"' Joe, Django doesn't play it both ways, he makes his position clear very early on, he is after money and nothing else. There is no double play here, Django doesn't act with the same grace and precision Joe did, and he doesn't' care much for it either, Nero's character is a killing machine, and the contents of the coffin he drags show that ability of his.

First things first. When watching "Django" it is recommended that you see the Italian version. The English dub is not only corny but it also cuts a crucial portion of the plot regarding racial discrimination. So if you have a chance to see the movie in it's original language I suggest you see that version.

Anyways. There is an established consent that "Django"'s plot is a remake of Leone's "A Fistful Of Dollars" which in turns was a remake of "Yojimbo". While I agree that at some point "Django" does present a variation of the same story found in those films, I fail to agree that it is a complete remake. As noted above "Django"'s characters hold no similarity to those found in the previously mentioned movies. Further more Corbucci's own brand of story-telling tends to be a bit more brutal and violent than normal, his vision is accompanied with such acts that could leave a normal audience disturbed. One particular scene comes in mind. There a character has his ear cut off, is forced to eat it and is then gunned down. Such displays of brutality supplemented with the racist elements in the plot, greatly deviate "Django" from the movies that it's allegedly remade of.

Any negative comments on Franco Nero's performance are simply impossible, he does his job perfectly in creating Django's threatening, grim, bad-ass image and the entire movie and Corbucci's direction is focused around it. And speaking about direction, Corbucci demonstrates his style in perfect fashion. Once again as in Leone's films the sets are used as an enchanting factor during shootouts, with the great cemetery duel taking the cake for it's artistic level of detail. It is noted that Corbucci employs several elements that he would later re-use in his most powerful work "The Great Silence", for example the protagonists in both movies had their hands crippled shortly before their final confrontation with the antagonist, or their duty-bound temper that leads them to that moment. Both movies use those elements for different goal, but let's not detract on that. Unlike Curbucci's previous "Navajo Joe" here the score is supplied by Luis Bacalov, who does a commendable job with an especially catchy opening theme song.

Evidently enough Sergio Corbucci's "Django" is a one of the best Italian westerns you could find. It's rough, brutal nearly sadistic content makes it hard for most mainstream audiences, but if you have the guts and open mind and love the genre this one is a definite must.
May 4, 2011
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David Ladd

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    1. Django: It's not important. And if I bothered you will you accept my apology?
    – Submitted by Harry M (8 months ago)
    1. Django: That's all the help I need.
    – Submitted by Svyatoslav K (13 months ago)
    1. Django: How many men you got left? Tongue tied....or too afraid to tell me?
    – Submitted by Andrew G (2 years ago)
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