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Some have called Quentin Tarentino’s latest film, Django Unchained, his best work since Pulp Fiction. Nominated for four Academy Awards (Tarentino won the Oscar for best screenplay and Christoph Waltz received the Academy Award for his work in the film), Tarentino turned the Western genre on its head in this revenge-fantasy. Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave-turned-vigilante, searches for his wife and vows to rescue her from the clutches of plantation owner, Calvin Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio).
The film was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray, so we’ve taken the time to make a list of our favorite moments from the movie. Despite the serious nature of slavery that the movie addresses, Tarentino seamlessly interweaves humor throughout the whole film. Although some critics have objected to the prolific use of the N word within the script, Tarentino defended his work and did not apologize. The movie, in contrast to the more historically accurate portrayal of slavery through the lens of the bureaucracy in Lincoln, depicts a fearless slave exacting revenge on those who oppressed him. Although Django can get spectacularly bloody at some points (no more than any other Tarentino movie), it is definitely an entertaining watch.
If you have yet to see the film, check out the quotes below and find out if Tarentino’s latest work might be something worth investigating. If you have already seen the movie, compare your favorite lines with those that we’ve compiled below.
10. Calvin Candie: [to Django and Schultz] "Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention."
9. Dr. King Schultz: "How do you like the bounty hunting business?
Django: Kill white people and get paid for it? What's not to like?"
8. Calvin Candie: "I'm curious, what makes you such a mandingo expert?
Django: I'm curious what makes you so curious."
7. Dr. King Schultz: [aiming his rifle at fleeing Ellis Brittle] You sure that's him?
Dr. King Schultz: Positive?
Django: I don't know.
Dr. King Schultz: You don't know if you're positive?
Django: I don't know what 'positive' means.
Dr. King Schultz: It means you're sure.
Dr. King Schultz: Yes, what?
Django: Yes, I'm sure that's Ellis Brittle.
[Schultz shoots Brittle off his horse]
Django: I'm positive he dead.
6. Dr. King Schultz: "Mister Candie, normally I would say "Auf wiedersehen," but since what "auf wiedersehen" actually means is "'till I see you again", and since I never wish to see you again, to you, sir, I say goodbye."
5. Django: [to Broomhilde] "Hey, little troublemaker."
Dr. King Schultz: "You silver tongued devil, you."
4. Django: [to Big John Brittle] "I like the way you die, boy."
3. Django: You better listen to your boss, white boy.
Billy Crash: Oh, I'ma go walkin' in the moonlight with you.
Django: You wanna hold my hand?
2. Stephen: "I count six shots, n****r."
Django: [pulls out a second revolver] "I count two guns, n****r."
1. Django: [upon being asked his name] "Django. The D is silent."
Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company