Of all the iconic characters he’s created, Quentin Tarantino feels a special connection to Django, the slave who became a bounty hunter with perfect aim and used his newfound abilities to liberate his fellow slaves. Tarantino has never made a sequel to any of his movies, but his script for The Hateful Eight began as a sequel to Django Unchained, he’s announced his intention to write a series of sequel novels continuing Django’s story, and he’s written an official sequel in the form of a comic book that is currently being adapted into a movie.
9 “I’m curious what makes you so curious.”
The acting in Django Unchained is incredible. Not only do the actors give terrific performances in their roles, they also have brilliant chemistry with one another and build real relationships on the screen. For example, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz developed a real friendship as Django and his mentor Dr. Schultz. And the tension is palpable in the scenes between Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio where Django is trying to hide the fact that he’s not really a black slaver and Calvin is trying to figure out Django’s deal. This line is a perfect example of that, as the two are constantly trying to one-up each other.
8 “Y’all gonna be together with Calvin in the by-and-by...just a bit sooner than y’all was expecting!”
In the final scene of Django Unchained, the title character is waiting at Calvin Candie’s house for the mourners to return from his funeral. He hears them singing the classical Christian hymn “In the Sweet By-and-By,” a song about losing a loved one and promising to meet them “in the sweet by-and-by” (in other words, in the sweet embrace of death when they, too, die). So, he starts singing along and they’re shocked to see him. He tells them that all of them will, in fact, be meeting Calvin “in the by-and-by” – immediately, because he is about to kill them.
7 “You better listen to your boss, white boy!”
When Django is a guest of Calvin Candie’s, he can pretty much get away with anything, because Calvin isn’t going to order his guys to do anything to him. He takes advantage of this, yanking one of Calvin’s men off his horse and getting away with it scot free, and uses it to talk down to the white people who really, really hate him for it – particularly Billy Crash.
One of the important points made by Django Unchained is that the white slavers weren’t just following orders or a product of their time, which some people try to use to defend them – they really were vicious racists who judged people based on the color of their skin and nothing else.
6 “Let’s get out of here.”
This is Django’s final line in the movie. He’s finally managed to save his wife Broomhilda, he’s burned down Calvin Candie’s house after killing all of his friends, family, and employees, and now, he’s atop his horse, ready to ride off into the sunset with the love of his life. At first, they stick around to watch the house burn and enjoy their long-awaited reunion. But then Django simply says they should get out of there and they ride off together. The final lines of Tarantino movies are always memorable. In fact, Pulp Fiction ends with a similar exchange to this one. Vincent says, “I think we oughtta leave now,” to which Jules replies, “That’s probably a good idea.”
5 “Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?”
Jamie Foxx generated some controversy during the promotional tour for Django Unchained when he appeared on Saturday Night Live and said in his monologue, “I kill all the white people in the movie, how great is that?” But come on, the white people in the movie are slave owners, so the fact that he enjoys killing them is sort of justified. He even says a version of that quote in the movie as Dr. Schultz introduces him to the bounty hunting business. The dentist asks him if he enjoys the bounty hunter trade and he says there’s no downside to getting paid to “kill white folks.”
4 “Hey, little troublemaker.”
This is what Django says to his wife Broomhilda that makes her faint in Calvin Candie’s house. He’s the last person she was expecting to see, as they’d been torn apart after an escape attempt and sold off to different plantations. She had no idea the kind of adventure he’d been on, getting freed by a dentist and being trained as a bounty hunter and leading the charge to Candie’s plantation to rescue her. He utters this line a few times in the movie, but the first time, when she faints and Dr. Schultz calls Django a “silver-tongued devil,” is the best-known.
3 “D’Artagnan, motherf****rs!”
This is Django’s battle cry when he bursts into a room full of runaway slave catchers with his guns drawn and blows them all away. In the third act of Django Unchained, after losing his mentor to Calvin Candie, failing to rescue his wife, and getting sold off to some Australian mining company, Django once again breaks away from his shackles and goes on a rampage across the Deep South. His primary quest is to save his wife, but if he gets the chance to kill some of his oppressors along the way, that’s just dessert. It’s the most action-packed segment of the movie.
2 “I like the way you die, boy.”
What Django does best is reword things that people have said to him later on when he’s exacting his revenge against them. For example, when he comes across “Big John” Brittle, played by M.C. Gainey, he remembers that he once pleaded with him not to whip his wife.
Big John sadistically said to him, “I like the way you beg, boy.” So, now that he has the opportunity to have his vengeance, he gets Big John’s whip and uses it to beat the hell out of him. Then he kills him and tells him, “I like the way you die, boy.”
1 “D-J-A-N-G-O. The D is silent.”
There was a cosmic rightness with Franco Nero’s cameo appearance in Django Unchained. He previously played Django in a series of spaghetti westerns for Sergio Corbucci – the series that inspired Tarantino to have a crack at the genre and name his lead character Django – so it made sense that after Jamie Foxx’s new version of Django told him that the D in his name was silent, he had the perfect response: “I know.” Nero technically wasn’t playing Django; rather, he was playing an original character named Amerigo Vessepi. This was the spaghetti western fan’s alternative of Stan Lee’s cameos in MCU movies.