Posted on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx were part of the BET awards tonight, and they didn’t show up empty-handed. A new 60-second spot for Tarantino’s upcoming movie Django Unchained debuted during the show, and has now appeared online.
This spot features a new overt nod to classic spaghetti westerns, as the beginning of the spot features some of Ennio Morricone’s track ‘The Ecstasy of Gold,’ as heard in the climax of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. (There’s a beat thrown over the track; could that be some RZA work? Edit: nope, and it’s not Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint2,’ it sounds like the Baldini remix of the Morricone theme. )
The ad also has one of the few brief flashes we’ve seen of Samuel L. Jackson in his role for the film, as well as a couple other small bits of new footage. This year’s got a lot of life in it yet, but Tarantino’s picture is one good reason to look forward to December.
Check out the spot below.
So we got into this whole debate about movies on this topic of slavery, and I was very frank about how I hated 90 percent of them. I thought they were cod liver oil movies that were — and when I say cod liver oil, I mean movies that taste bad — but you’re supposed to swallow it anyways, because it’s supposed to be good for you. I don’t understand how that works because if it’s not entertaining, if it’s not something you want to go see, why bother, because no one’s going to see it. And I just felt like these movies should be exciting, they should be action-packed and most of all, I felt like they should have plenty of kicking ass because at the end of the day, the world needs black people who fought back.
Django Unchained also features Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, and Todd Allen.
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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..