Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood explores 1969 Los Angeles culture, but does it feature an after-credits scene? Since releasing his game-changing 1992 debut feature Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has consistently paid homage to films of the past with subtle references and wink-of-the-eye humor. However, the 2015 film The Hateful Eight didn’t receive the usual critical acclaim, at least when compared to the director’s filmography as a whole. Now, Tarantino has arguably delivered one of the finest films of his career.
In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Rick Dalton, a Hollywood actor who’s best known for starring in a fictional Western series called "Bounty Law." Brad Pitt portrays his long-time stuntman Cliff Booth, a charismatic man with a dark backstory. As the two men try to move forward with their careers, a side-plot details the industry experiences of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who was tragically murdered by the Manson family in real life. Tarantino brings two worlds together in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, culminating with a shocking final act.
For those who are wondering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does indeed have a post-credits scene. The black and white sequence calls back to the film’s opening moment, as DiCaprio’s Dalton appears as his "Bounty Law" character. Specifically, he shoots a promotional video for Red Apple Cigarettes.
In the clip, DiCaprio’s Dalton discusses the “factory-rolled” cigarettes, and that there’s “better drag, more flavor, less heart burn.” Like AMC’s Mad Men, the after-credits scene reminds of a more innocent time when smoking was considered en vogue and even allowed on commercial airlines. The after-credits scene complements the character portrait laid out in the nearly three hours before, as the promotional video ends with a minor meltdown and Dalton complaining about his double chin. Beyond that, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s after-credits scene doesn’t feature any main cast members except DiCaprio.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's after-credits scene is an endearing moment of comic relief after a 161-minute roller coaster through 1969 Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, Tarantino’s final act will polarize many viewers, and some moviegoers may immediately check out once the title card hits. But for those who remain in their seats all the way to the end, DiCaprio’s final bow is worth sticking around for.