The Hateful Eight


hatefuleightAfter the Civil War, two bounty hunters (Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell) and a prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) arrive at a stagecoach lodge during a blizzard in Wyoming where they are trapped with four strangers. The first movie to be shot in Ultra Panavision 70 since the epics of the 1960s was done in the same style as those old “roadshow pictures”, complete with an intermission. A beauty to behold, with vast, wintry landscapes and all the details of a claustrophobic lodge, as well as an ominous score. The story plays like a whodunit, with Leigh a standout in the cast, but it’s thin and awfully familiar to Tarantino fans.

2015-U.S. 168 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography: Robert Richardson. Music: Ennio Morricone. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Marquis Warren), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue), Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth… Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum. Narrated by Quentin Tarantino.

Trivia: When the script first leaked in 2014, Tarantino shelved his plans to make a movie and considered releasing it as a novel, then changed his mind again. Viggo Mortensen was allegedly considered for a role. An expanded miniseries version of the film was released on Netflix in 2019. 

Oscar: Best Original Score. Golden Globe: Best Original Score. BAFTA: Best Original Music.

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