The Hateful Eight

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The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.



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Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all...


Samuel L. Jackson
as Maj. Marquis Warren
Kurt Russell
as John "The Hangman" Ruth
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Daisy Domergue
Walton Goggins
as Chris Mannix
Tim Roth
as Oswaldo Mobray
Bruce Dern
as Gen. Sanford Smithers
James Parks
as O.B. Jackson
Bruce Del Castillo
as Homer Van Hootin
Craig Stark
as Chester Charles Smithers
Zoe Bell
as Six-Horse Judy
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  • Apr 02, 2017
    A great setting iat a snowy isolated trading post, shades of reservoir dogs seep through as we as we wonder who is a traitor (s) are Trying to free outlaw Daisy Domergue, which is re-enforced by the presence of Tim Roth. Involving with a few memorable characters , yet somewhat lacking in the prime crackling dialogue consistency that we expect from Tarantino. lengthy without becoming dull, and almost manages to be his first film without superfluous scenes until he added the sequence that showed what happened before the stagecoach arrived. Jennifer Jason Leigh is no stranger to demanding rolles, and here she is abused and bloodied throughout and still manages to unleash A tremendous all star cackle.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2017
    It has a similar theatrical aspect to Reservoir Dogs, and although it lacks the punch of that film, it's still a cracking movie.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2017
    Everything you would come to expect from Tarantino, just on a more confined scale. The original screen play and acting both amaze, it is always refreshing to see some of the banter and slang he comes up with. Yes it is super violent but once again the director makes it so we really don't care, the music fits perfect as well.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2017
    All of Quentin Tarantino movies are fun to watch, and I can always feel his appreciation of filmmaking as a craft as well as his joy in film as pure entertainment. The setup to 'Hateful Eight' is fantastic, with beautiful outdoor shots in snow country, and an interesting concept, characters being added one by one as a bounty hunter stops to pick up those imperiled by an oncoming blizzard. Tarentino assembles a fine cast with Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh among others, and Bruce Dern turns in a great performance. There are some deep moments amidst the violence, Jackson saying in one scene that "The only time black folks are safe, is when white folks is disarmed", and Tim Roth's character expressing the thin line justice walks in a speech ending with the line "For justice delivered without dispassion is always in danger of not being justice" in another. I liked how the stories behind each of the characters are gradually revealed, and how the story behind what happened earlier in the haberdashery that everyone is holed up in is told in a flashback chapter. In other words, there's a lot to like here. And yet. And yet. How the story plays out was somehow not completely satisfying, maybe because I felt like it lost focus, and fell back on extreme gore and graphic moments to try to carry the day. I was also not a huge fan of the ending. It's a good film for sure, but not great, or Tarantino's best.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer

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