The first trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is here, but what songs play over the footage? Four years after The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino is back with another extravagant period piece, this time returning to his old playground of California. The fan-favorite auteur transports viewers back to 1969, as television star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) try to make sense of the changing world and reclaim their former fame. Margot Robbie also stars as Sharon Tate, tying Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into the infamous Charles Manson murders.
Extremely quotable dialogue, memorable characters, and bloody shootouts are staples of Tarantino's filmography, but he's also renowned for his excellent soundtrack selections. Music is a key ingredient of his pictures, and that includes the trailers for them. Unsurprisingly, this one has some catchy tracks that help set the scene.
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There are two songs featured in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer. During the opening moments (Rick and Cliff's joint interview), "Straight Shooter" by The Mamas & The Papas plays. Once the preview transitions to its montage of famous faces and 1960s landscape, viewers hear "Bring A Little Lovin'" by Los Bravos.
UPDATE: The newly-released Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer includes two songs. First up is "Good Thing" by Paul Revere & the Raiders, while the second is "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" by Neil Diamond
Both tunes were released in 1966, so they're era-appropriate for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. They also work to highlight the trailer's playful and light-hearted tone. Obviously, with the Manson murders in the background, Tarantino will probably cover some serious territory here (as he does in most of his films), but his works always provide high entertainment value. Sections like Cliff Booth's exchange about manslaughter with Bruce Lee and Rick Dalton being reduced to tears by a child's praise are funny in their execution, suggesting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will play up Tarantino's penchant for dark comedy and humor. The goal of the trailer was to sell the film as a flashy, star-studded period piece, and it accomplished that in spades.
Since the broader strokes of the movie's narrative are being kept under wraps, it's difficult to say if the songs were chosen because their lyrics thematically connect to what Tarantino has in store. Even if they don't, they're catchy pop throwbacks that gel with the vibe of the preview, which has a colorful and energetic aesthetic. The trailer may have been just a sliver of the finished product, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks like it'll be an exceptionally fun time at the movies, and with Sony banking on this to be one of their big summer releases, that's a smart marketing strategy.
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019