Official Synopsis for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

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django unchained plot synopsis Official Synopsis for Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained

Amidst a sea of prestigious musicals (Les Misérables), 3D classic American literature adaptations (The Great Gatsby), Tom Cruise thrillers (One Shot) and a return trip to Middle-earth (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), there’s one film due to hit theaters this December that stands out as genuinely original, yet also firmly rooted in film history: Quentin Tarantino’s southern-fried Spaghetti western homage, Django Unchained.

The official Django Unchained teaser poster unveiled earlier this week provided a small taste of the remixed retro flavor that characterizes the Pulp Fiction director’s latest production. For those who haven’t been following Screen Rant‘s coverage of the film’s casting process – or already sought out a leaked copy of the Django Unchained script online – we can now offer a full plot synopsis for Tarantino’s new project, which you can read below.


Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

Django Unchained is expected to resemble the majority of Tarantino’s directorial work, featuring such elements as his customary literary dialogue, stylistic imitations of classic filmmaking techniques, colorful variations on familiar character types (here, those commonly found in old-fashioned westerns) and a chapter-oriented storyline that continually jumps back and forth between different narrative threads. Similarly, the film’s cast includes veterans of the Tarantino-verse (Waltz, Jackson, Russell), cult TV icons (M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Gerald McRaney) and already-successful performance artists looking to stretch their wings (Sacha Baron Cohen, RZA) alike.

In other words: Django Unchained is as thoroughly a “Tarantino-esque” affair as they come. Detractors of the man’s approach to filmmaking need not apply. Everyone else – best to mark your calendars for Christmas Day 2012, since that’s when the eponymous ex-slave turned bounty hunter begins his rampage in theaters.


Source: The Weinstein Company

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  1. Sick

  2. Going to be amazing

  3. the only quentin tarantino film i have seen was resevoir dogs and i hated it. but i would like to see pulp fiction and inglourious bastards and maybe this one.

    • DO NOT let that movie ruin your idea of what his movies can be. Its good for what it is, nothing more. I personally don’t enjoy that one very much, but please do yourself a favor and at least try Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction. They are in my opinion, fantastic movies.

      Anyway, this movie is going to be at least good, Tarantino always has movies I at least enjoy, if not love.

      • Inglorious bastards is one of my personal favorites. Absolutely brilliant. I have trouble getting thew pulp fiction after seeing it 3 times.

  4. I’m calling it. DiCaprio will win his first oscar for this movie. Guaranteed!!! damn, good year for movies.

    • idk, he’ll be eligible for best supporting actor, and if he doesnt get it in that category, he’ll probably pick one up for best Lead in Great Gatsby.

      Its still too early to tell what the competition is going to be, but it’s looking good for him either way.

    • Everyone said Leo will get it this year for J. Edgar. It’s hard to predict these things.

  5. I like the sound of this one. I had no idea what to expect, but this should be fun.

  6. Sigh, I am excited about this but man if only Idris Elba would be playing Django.

    • While I wholeheartedly agree (Elba’s amazing in BBC’s Luther) I’m glad that he’s busy getting ready to kick ass in both Prometheus and Pacific Rim!

  7. The slaves battling each other for sports thing sounds kinda primitive for Tarantino. I hope it’s not a southern Gladiator thing and more than i’m imagining.

    But it sounds good. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for movies.

  8. Sweet !!! This is gonna be legendary.

  9. this guy has to be the most overrated director/writer since nolan, i finally watched the whole of pulp fiction the other night and did not know what the meaning of that PoS excuse for a movie was, the simple fact that he added something from the beginning to the end of the movie had me wonder wtf he was on whilst filming.. does he have a mental disorder or something b/c everyone praises him like he’s an intellectually disabled person (no offence to those people, i worked with some in the past and they’re really respectful).

    then you have inglorious bastards which was the most boring nazi war movie i have ever seen, haven’t bothered with his other garbage and the fact that this has the great joke jamie fox as the lead is a big reason for anyone to skip it.

    sex scenes and ultra violence are only good when they fit into context of the movie, something tarrantino does not understand about cinema.

    • You must not understand that Cinema is an expression of a director’s opinion and style of storytelling. Pulp Fiction is indeed a classic and a masterpiece of storytelling in discontinuous order. The film is seriously full of motifs and themes that are well done and embraced within the confines of the pulp style of characterization.

      I get that you may not like it, but to call it a POS because you dont think its good or its overrated is an idiotic review and analyzation. The worst film he has made was Death Proof because it was way too much dialogue and little action. Not to sound like a hypocrite because I always discuss on this site this generation’s lust for too much action. However, the man is indeed a masterful director. Constant nods to past classic material through his work (ie. Kill Bill 1 and 2) and the ability to take average stars and grab strong performances out of them (ie: Pam Grier) is the man’s strong suit. He’s far from overrated and has a genuine love for cinema.

      Even Death Proof is far from an awful movie. It’s just weak in the execution of pure mayhem when you have a story about a serial killer who drives a stunt car to kill women.

      And lastly, to use the disabled remarks as a means to show your disdain for his work is tasteless and makes me not respect your perspective. Learn to critique without the offensiveness and bashing content without clear reasoning and explanation

    • Maybe the current 3 Stooges is more your style then since you seem to have a difficult time with depth….

  10. This sounds very interesting. Quentin Tarantino’s films have all had some great dialogue in them, very believable. So this one should be a treat as well full of some great conversations and movie quotables. “What did the call a whooper? I don’t know I didn’t go to a Burger King.”

  11. The only Tarantino movie i’m not a fan of is Death Proof, I especially didn’t like the second part but other than that I love all his movies! He’s one of my favorite directors and DiCaprio is my favorite actor so this should be really good!

  12. Allot of people are offended by this movie because of the sex, language, rape, and the blacks being made to fight blacks for entertainment. Being black I was originally offended at first, but I think it’s all about how those moments are handled that will make the difference. Plus if Jamie foxx isn’t a bad ass in this movie and is just tagging along behind the German then I dont care to see it. Im a fan of Queinten’s work but everyone but Jamie has me amped for this movie. Horrible casting choice.

  13. Hopefully this ends up being better than the script. I have full faith in QT but I wasn’t too impressed after the initial read. Certainly better than Death Proof though.