A Spaghetti Western
from 1966 directed by Sergio Corbucci starring Franco Nero as Django (the D is silent), an Old West
gunfighter who drags a coffin behind him wherever he goes. Pretty standard set-up: mysterious, Bad Ass
stranger comes to town, shoots a lot of bad guys, and plays two groups of outlaws against each other, all in search of revenge and/or money. It had a reputation at the time for being one of the most violent movies ever, though by modern standards it's nowhere close.
It inspired a number of other Spaghetti Westerns
that also used the word "Django" in their titles, Italian copyright law being pretty lax on stuff like that. And later, it inspired both Sukiyaki Western Django
and Quentin Tarantino
's Django Unchained
, which featured a Franco Nero cameo.
- Bad Ass: Django. He's a Spaghetti Western protagonist, what did you expect?
- Badass Longcoat: Django has one.
- Banditos: Rodriguez's men.
- Bar Slide: When Django arrives into the saloon.
- Bloodless Carnage: Except for a couple of isolated gore shots (including the infamous ear slicing scene), there's almost no blood in the movie. Literally dozens of people get gunned down, but there is no blood.
- Cavalier Consumption: Eating food is given as a textbook example of villainy. Watch and learn.
- Character Title: Django, the lone gunslinger who drags a coffin around behind him wherever he goes.
- Chekhov's Gun: That coffin Django's always carrying around, and that quicksand at the start of the movie.
- Coffin Contraband: Django drags a coffin with a machine gun hidden inside behind him wherever he goes.
- Crippling the Competition: Bandits ride over Django's hands with horses in retaliation for stealing gold from them.
- Cultural Translation: A minor case occurs in the last scene. In the Italian version, Major Jackson tells Django to pray, and then shoots at the four points of a cruciform tombstone while saying "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." In the English version, he still tells Django to pray, but the rest of his dialogue consists of him repeating things like "I can't hear you yet." This may be because the translators had a keener sense of religious differences among Americans: a Southerner (especially one affiliated with the pseudo-KKK) is not likely to use a Catholic formula like the Sign of the Cross.
- The Drifter: Django.
- Fanservice: Three words: hooker mud wrestling. Also, that one prostitute doing a striptease.
- Follow the Leader: A Fistful of Dollars was so successful translating Yojimbo into a Wild West setting that the makers of Django decided to do the same thing. And, sure enough, a bunch of later movies then copied Django.
- Gorn: When some outlaws cut off a man's ear and make him eat it. That scene got the movie (which is otherwise no more violent than the average Spaghetti Western) banned in several countries. It's probably the most sadistic scene in the entire Western genre. Several villains in Sergio Leone's films has cruel acts, but this goes too far!
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Ricardo during his Bar Brawl with Django.
- The Gunslinger: Django, of the Quick Draw and Trick Shot variety. Also acts as a Vaporizer when he pulls the machine gun out of his coffin.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Maria and a couple of the other prostitutes.
- Handicapped Badass: Django, after his hands are broken.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Django. Even when his hands are broken, he manages to kill six men using six bullets in far less than six seconds.
- Nice Hat: Django's.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Django gets one at the hands of Hugo's men and the hooves of Hugo's horses.
- No Woman's Land: All the women in the movie are prostitutes, and the outlaws work very hard to keep it that way.
- Old Friend: General Hugo Rodriguez, the leader of the Mexican bandits, turns out to be an old friend of Django's.
- One-Man Army: It helps that Django is the only person with a machine gun.
- Perma Stubble: Django
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It's unclear how much of Django's violence is this and how much is his quest for gold.
- Spaghetti Western: One of the most famous non-Leone examples of the Sub Genre.