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Tear Jerker / Django Unchained

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  • The movie begins with a group of cold and tired black men shackled and shuffling through the night. That IS Tear Jerker. Of course, then it gets awesome.
  • After Django snipes a man in front of his son, you can hear the boy say "Pa?"
    • The boy laughs a bit at first, thinking his father is playing a joke at first.
    • His reaction afterwards shown somewhat of regret of what he's done.
  • The flashback where Django is trying to take the blame for their failed escape and pleading for Broomhilda to be spared the lash.
    • Hell, Broomhilda's screams and cries as she's being whipped are just heartwrenching.
  • One simple phrase: "Auf Wiedersehen". Cue tears.
    • The fact that Schultz's corpse just gets left lying, face against the wall, in a corner of a shed. Considering how dramatic the moment of his death was, it's really jarring to see such an ignominious aftermath; there is nothing dignified or impressive about the corpse, and the fact that it looks so small and pathetic really drives home just how much energy and presence Schultz had in life. It's one of the reasons that his very brief reappearance in a flashback right at the end is so heartwarming, as it ensures that Schultz's last appearance in the film is not as a faceless corpse, but as the mentor figure we love so much.
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    • How the scene itself plays out: Django enters the barn, looking for the stuff left behind when he was took by the Le Quint Dickey Mining Company employees, and only then he notices Schultz's corpse. What does he do then? Stoically grabs his hat and approaches the body, going straight for the back pocket to grab Broomhilda's paperwork, checking it and then putting it away for safekeeping, all in a very straight to business manner. However, it is in then that Django remains still watching the body of the good doctor for a few seconds. In those few seconds, through his eyes and a few facial movements, The Stoic is finally broken and it becomes clear to us just how much pain the loss of his mentor has caused him. Only then he proceeds to say his farewell to Dr. Schultz.
  • The visible pain in Django's eyes when he sees Broomhilda being taken out of the hot box as she screams in agony.
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  • Real-life example: This marks the first Tarantino movie without his editor and close friend since Reservoir Dogs, Sally Menke, after her death in 2010.
  • That poor runaway slave d'Artagnan being torn apart by dogs at Candie's command. Especially as he had just been begging for mercy and weeping about how he couldn't bear to fight anymore.
    • The implication that Schultz couldn't stop thinking about it from that scene right up until his death. He was even about to risk blowing their cover to save him.
  • Although it is also arguably a Moment of Awesome for the character, the death of Dr. King Schultz, who manages to kill Calvin J. Candie before he goes.
  • Stephen and, later, Lara's reaction to Calvin's death. Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Broomhilda telling Shultz she doesn't have any friends before he reveals that Django is in the next room. On top of everything else she's been through she must have felt utterly alone in the world since being separated from her husband.
  • The mix of reactions in the room after the mandingo fight. Sheba can't bring herself to watch. The bartender seems on the verge of tears as he looks over his shoulder. Even Mr. Pooch looks quietly disgusted as Calvin orders Big Fred to kill an already maimed opponent.
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  • The scene where Django is held upside down and stripped naked inside a slave barn. Given to the fact that even with Candie and most of his men dead, Schultz is dead as well and Django is separated again from Broomhilda, who is now being held inside a shed despite being a freed woman.

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