Django

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Director:
Sergio Corbucci
Released:
1966
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Django is a 1966 Western film that focuses on a drifter named Django (Franco Nero) who conceals a machine gun in a coffin. One day Django rescues a young woman, Maria (Loredana Nusciak), from being murdered by Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo) and his bandits. Django is also seeking revenge against Major Jackson for murdering his wife. Hugo Rodriguez (Jose Bodalo) is another bandit general who has conflict with Major Jackson. He and Django make a deal to steal gold from a fort where Major Jackson is doing business. When Hugo begins stalling with their plan, Django and Maria take the gold themselves. The gold falls into quicksand at the same time as Hugo catches up with them. Angry at Django for betraying him, Hugo goes after him and Maria at the same time as Major Jackson finds them. What happens next is a series of brutal fights, with some stories of survival and other instances of death.
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      • In the final scene in the Tombstone cemetery, Django makes his last stand at the grave of the woman he loved--who was killed by Major Jackson. Ironically, Django uses her marker as protection from bullets and to steady his gun when he kills Jackson. The name on the cross is "Mercedes Zaro".

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Django: (after killing Jackson's bodyguards in the saloon) There is one more bullet. But...that would be too easy. How many more men do you have, pig? I asked...how many more men?
        Maj. Jackson: Forty.
        Django: Good, you pig. Next time, let all forty of them come with you...it will be more fun. I'll be here waiting for you.
        Maj. Jackson: Rest assured...we'll return!

      • Django: (after killing the Klansmen with his Gatling gun) Get rid of those dead guys now.
        Nathaniel: Hmm, and where can I put them? We'll have to open another cemetery!
        Django: Cemeteries are a good investment in this area...if you can get paid in advance.
        Nathaniel: And Major Jackson? Is he dead as well?
        Django: No...I let him go.
        Nathaniel: Why???
        Django: Because it wasn't his time yet. I need him alive for now.

      • Gen. Rodriguez: Maria, escaping from us was a dangerous thing to do. I could punish you for what you did. What would you say if I cut off one of your beautiful ears?
        Maria: You had no right to keep me prisoner!
        Gen. Rodriguez: I had the right that every man has with all the women he likes!
        Maria: You know, Hugo, you're talking just like on of Jackson's rascists.
        Gen. Rodriguez: (slaps Maria) You tart! Listen Maria, I don't take this from anyone. Don't forget that you are half Incan and half Mexican...don't let me remember the half I hate!

      • Django: All that's left is to divide the gold and say good-bye. Give me my share.
        Gen. Rodriguez: Just like that? Do you really want to leave just now?
        Django: Well, I have nothing more to do in this town.
        Gen. Rodriguez: What do you mean, "nothing more", my brother? Together, we'll make great things happen. I'll make you lieutenant of my revolution!
        Django: You already have many lieutenants, and I only want what's due to me.
        Gen. Rodriguez: Are you kidding? You'll get double. Double! You understand? Once I am in power.
        Django: Hugo...I want my gold.

      • Gen. Rodriguez: Thank you, Django. You saved my life once more...I won't forget it. Look at Maria...look at her! She can't take her eyes off you. Take her! My gift to you. You spend a wonderful night, ha ha ha!
        Django: Thanks...but she's not my type.
        (grabs the Indian prostitute)
        I prefer her.
        Gen. Rodriguez: (laughing) You see, Maria? The Gringo prefers the dark one! Don't be hurt, come and drink with us! This is a great night. Come on, muchachos! Tequila for everyone!

      • Gen. Rodriguez: (after Django's hands are mutilated) No matter how good a gunman is, he still needs his hands...right, Django? Pray that Jackson doesn't find you. It would be embarrassing for you. Good-bye now, Django. My men and I will go back to Mexico to win or die. Let's go, fellows!
        Miguel: Bye, bye, Django! We'll meet again in hell! Let's go!

      • Django: I waited a life, an entire life, waiting to bury Django in this casket. The gold will help me make it disappear forever.
        Maria: Let go of that gold, Django! What do you care about it? We'll start a new life together. I'll help you forget. I love you, Django.
        Django: I left love behind many years ago. Now it rests under a cross in the cemetery in Tombstone. If I bring you with me, you'd risk ending up the same way. And maybe...you wouldn't make me forget.

    • NOTES (7)

      • The extremely muddy conditions of most scenes were not in the original script, but brought about by the persistent winter rains during the filming of the movie. Set designer Carlo Simi had wanted to clean the mud from the sets, but Sergio Corbucci directed that the sets remain in their natural states, creating an unique and unforeseen atmosphere for the film.

      • Director Sergio Leone, upset at the huge volume of similar movies made after the success of A Fistful of Dollars, happened to visit the set of Django while he was preparing his own film. After noting the scenes featuring Django dragging his coffin through the muddy streets, Leone gave his approval by telling his old friend, Sergio Corbucci, that "I think you are onto a winner."

      • The name of the film's main character was inspired by the great jazz guitarist, Jean "Django" Reinhardt (1919-1953). Much like the real-life Reinhardt, the movie character has to overcome a devastating hand injury to achieve success. In the Romani language, "Django" means "I awake."

      • Director Sergio Corbucci had planned to follow Sergio Leone's successful pattern of casting by having an American in the lead role, and settled upon Mark Damon. Unfortunately, Damon had scheduling conflicts and had to back out of the film. Short on time, Corbucci convinced Franco Nero, an Italian actor, to accept the role of Django...a decision that was an upward turning point in the careers of both.

      • Because of the many extremely graphic and violent scenes throughout the film, Django was banned from being shown in many countries, including Sweden and Great Britain. In 1993, the British Board of Film Classification issued the movie an "18 Certificate", which finally allowed it to be shown to adult viewers--more than 27 years after its original release date.

      • After the success of Django, more than 40 films appeared with "Django" in the title. Most had nothing to do with the Django character and had no connection with this film. The only film that might be considered an "official" sequel would be Django Strikes Again (1987), which featured an original Sergio Corbucci story and Franco Nero reprising his role as Django.

      • The filming of Django began in December 1965 and finished in February 1966. Principal filming locations included areas near Madrid (Spain) and Tor Caldera (Italy). Interior scenes were filmed at Elios Studios in Rome, Italy.

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    Westerns, Foreign Language, Classics