While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth and his fugitive prisoner encounter another bounty hunter and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. After encountering four strangers, they may not make it to their destination.
Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all...
The 8th film by Quentin Tarantino The bounty hunter. The Hangman. The Confederate. The Sheriff. The Mexican. The little man. The cow puncher. The prisoner. No one to trust. Everyone to hate. Spend the holidays with someone you hate No One Comes Up Here Without a Damn Good Reason Eight strangers. One deadly connection.
Miscellaneous The term "pen pal" is used early in the film. Merriam Webster says the first known use of the term was in 1938.
Miscellaneous The dollar amounts of the bounties are frequently mentioned ($8,000, $10,000). Assuming the time-frame of the story is probably in the 1870s or 1880s, those amounts would be more than $200,000 today, a fantastically unlikely number.
Miscellaneous The word "paranoid" is used in the film. Merriam Webster says the first known use of the term was in 1904.
Miscellaneous The Piano in Minnie's Haberdashery is produced by Story & Clark, a company established in 1869. The movie is set in the years following the American Civil War, which ended in 1865. Judging by the "honky tonk" tone and bashed appearance, the piano would appear to be at least a generation old, if not more - simply not possible as the company did not exist before the civil war.
Miscellaneous The writer of the Lincoln letter uses the word "hopefully" in the modern (and some say incorrect) sense: "Hopefully, sometime we can meet..." or words to that effect. A writer in the late 1800s -- whether Lincoln or Major Warren -- probably wouldn't have used it that way.
Continuity The amount of snow collected on Mannix's hat brim while waiting outside Ruth's stagecoach changes repeatedly, without him ever knocking any of it off.
Continuity While Major Marquis Warren and Bob Have their dialogue in the barn, a wide two shot of the characters while talking shows the barn doors closed. But when the dialogue is over and the characters leave the barn, the barn doors are already open.
Continuity After Daisy Domergue has been hanged, the position of the severed arm changes from shot to shot.
Continuity In several scenes when the stagecoach is moving at the beginning, the characters haven't changed seats but the direction it's being pulled changes and doesn't correspond to where the characters are sitting.
Errors in Geography In several of the large landscape shots or shots of the stagecoach moving, there are modern residential homes clearly seen in the background, when it is supposed to be a desolate, empty landscape.
Factual Mistake Warren states that he and Smithers fought against each other during the Civil War at the Battle of Baton Rouge. The battle took place in 1862; African-American troops didn't see combat until 1863.
Factual Mistake Zoe Bell says Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city. Auckland didn't become NZ's largest city until the 1900s, surpassing Dunedin.
Factual Mistake A Confederate POW camp is said to have been located in West Virginia. This is not likely because West Virginia separated from Virginia and became a state in the Union in 1863.
Revealing Mistakes Anytime we see the stagecoach in transit the road surface has been cleared while the surrounding area is full of deep snow. As there were no snow plows, and as the snow was falling rapidly in howling winds there is no way the road could have been clear of drifts. In reality the six horses would have labored to pull the coach through the snowstorm and the road should have been very difficult to transit. Instead it's clear that the road had been cleared of snow by the crew using a snowplow.
Revealing Mistakes After the door is kicked in and they once again replace the board needed to hold the door closed, each nails is sticking out about halfway from the boards. If the board had been kicked in, the nails would be fully seated.
Errors in Geography During the approach of the earlier stagecoach, a house is briefly visible in the background beyond the river. All the establishing scenes emphasized the locale being remote and isolated.
In the original script, the fate of Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) was written almost entirely differently. Jody (Channing Tatum), hiding underneath the floorboards, was supposed to keep shooting the Major over and over again until he falls to the floor immobilized. Then a freed Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) was to finish him off by crawling across the floor, grabbing a gun nearby and finally shooting him once between the eyes.
When we first meet Daisy she has a black eye but as the day progresses she no longer has a black eye.
The plot is basically the same as Rawhide (1951), in which outlaws take over a stagecoach way station. In that movie, however, they are waiting for a gold shipment instead of trying to free a prisoner.
In the revised script's ending, two out of all the eight characters are left standing alive.
When Jody (Channing Tatum) fires his gun up at Warren, he shouts, "Say adiós to your huevos!" which is Spanish for "Say goodbye to your balls!"
Referenced in advertising and the film's title sequence as Quentin Tarantino's eighth film. This list includes: 1)Reservoir Dogs, 2)Pulp Fiction, 3)Jackie Brown, 4)Kill Bill, 5)Death Proof 6)Inglourious Basterds, 7)Django Unchained, and 8)The Hatful Eight. However, this list features some caveats such as the exclusion of his early, incomplete film My Best Friend's Birthday (1987), nor his segment or guest directing in Four Rooms (1995) and Sin City (2005), respectively. Kill Bill is also considered to be only one film in this context as is was intended to be so during production, and Death Proof (2007), while a part of Grindhouse (2007), stands on it's own as a feature so is also one of the eight movies.
Panavision collaborated with Schneider Optics to design and produce 100 Ultra Panavision projection lenses which would ultimately be needed for the retrofitted roadshow theaters across the USA and Canada.
With three words ("The Hateful Eight") this is the longest title for a film directed by Quentin Tarantino. All the titles of his previous films only consisted of two words ( e.g. Reservoir Dogs (1992) , Pulp Fiction (1994) , Jackie Brown (1997) , Death Proof (2007) Inglourious Basterds (2009) , Django Unchained (2012), and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
Both Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen have played an Earp brother. Russell as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (1993) and Madsen as Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994).
When this movie was first announced, there were rumors circulating that Josh Brolin was considered for a major role. Nothing ever surfaced, however, and neither Quentin Tarantino or Brolin have confirmed anything.
'Mexican Bob' is also a character name in the 1969 John Wayne western 'True Grit'. He is a member of the Ned Pepper gang.
Quentin Tarantino cites the The Thing (1982) as the primary cinematic influence for this film. That film also starred 'Kurt Russell', who is in this film and was scored by Ennio Morricone, who is the composer that scored this film.
In the earlier drafts of the script, the character of "Charly" was written to be a young orphan boy whose parents were supposedly slaves and were possibly murdered, thus making his demise at the hands of the ruthless Domergue gang much more depressing and tragic. His death scene was also originally supposed to be more brutal and violent. Tarantino allegedly scrapped the idea and made Charly an adult character instead.
Quentin Tarantino announced in a Deadline interview that he would not be making the film next after the script leaked online, saying that he has '10 more' projects to pick from instead.
The full trailer was released on October 22, 2015.
Quentin Tarantino: Voice of the narrator.
Quentin Tarantino: [Red Apple Cigarettes] When Jody asks Minnie to roll him a cigarette she tells him that she uses "Red Apple" tobacco. Red Apple cigarettes appear in multiple Tarantino films. Also Bob the Mexican smokes "Manzana Roja" which is also Spanish for Red Apple.
Oswaldo Mobray's (Tim Roth) real name is revealed to be English Pete Hicox, making him an ancestor to Inglourious Basterds (2009) character Lt. Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender). In a December 15th, 2015 interview with the Huffington Post, without revealing his character's real name or naming which "Inglourious Basterds" character, Roth himself confirmed Oswaldo Mobray to be Archie Hicox's great, great grandfather.
Viggo Mortensen was in talks for the character Jody Domergue, but had to decline the part due to scheduling conflicts.
Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins are both the last two characters to die in this film and Quentin Tarantino's last film Django Unchained (2012). Additionally in Django Unchained (2012) Goggins' character is shot in the crotch while Jackson's character is shot in the leg. Here those wounds are switched.
In the revised script, Jody's demise was less violent and more sadistic than what happens in the film. In the script, he's shot once in the arm by Chris Mannix during the gun battle and once in the back by Major Warren after coming out of the basement to see Daisy. He then falls back into the basement and is left by Warren and Mannix to be eaten to death by rats taking shelter from the blizzard.
This is the third Tarantino movie in a row where a character is shot in the testicles.
At one point in the film, Tim Roth's character is shot in the stomach and bleeding out in a confined space with people around him questioning his loyalty, very similar to his character's arc from Reservoir Dogs (1992).
According to Quentin Tarantino, this show is inspired by the Western television shows Bonanza (1959), The Virginian (1962) and The High Chaparral (1967): "Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. I love it in a Western, where you would pass halfway through the show to find out if they were good or bad guys, and they all had a past that was revealed. Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens!"
In earlier drafts of the script, the death of General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) was more graphic and brutal than what was actually shown. Not only did Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) shoot the General, but the force of the bullet entering sends the old man into the fireplace where he burns to death. The only reason Major Warren lets the others pull his body out of the fire is to keep the whole Haberdashery from catching fire.
Channing Tatum's casting as Jody Domergue could be viewed as an homage by Quentin Tarantino to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), where Leone cast Henry Fonda as the primary antagonist. At that time, Fonda had only been known for playing heroic characters and accepted the role after Leone described Fonda's character gunning down a child and how the audience would be shocked by the scene. Similar to Fonda and "Once Upon a Time in the West", The Hateful Eight (2015) will mark the first time Tatum, known for playing romantic or heroic roles, is playing a cold blooded killer.
Reunites Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh 24 years after they appeared together in Backdraft (1991), though they had no scenes together.
In the roadshow version, the word "nigger" is used sixty-five time, which is a little over half the use in Quentin Tarantino's previous film Django Unchained (2012), which is said to hold the record for the movie with the most uses of the "n word." In the general release, one scene between Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) and Gen. Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) is removed that uses the word seven times is removed, reducing the count to fifty-eight. Of the main cast, Michael Madsen is the only person not to say it.
It is never actually proven at any point during this film to support Chris Mannix's (Walton Goggins) claim that he was truly the "new sheriff of Red Rock." While most fans agree that he was telling the truth, some speculate that he could have very well been lying. Tarantino has stated in an interview that he's allowed the audience to make up their own personal opinions about Mannix's authenticity.
Tarantino explained in interviews only after the film was released that the very earliest concept of what became this story was a sequel to Django Unchained he began as a novel called 'Django in White Hell.' However, he did not get far with the novel before he realized that it didn't work to have a character who's morals were known to the audience beforehand, nor a character you felt was fairly sure to survive. Tarantino withheld this trivia from interviews until after the film's release because he was already contesting false reports that the movie would be a sequel to Django Unchained and didn't want to further muddle early public expectations. This is also why, in the wake of the script's leaking online, he was considering taking the story back to novel form when he considered canceling production.
There are two subtle references to Django Unchained in the film. First, when we meet Major Warren, he is sitting on top of 3 corpses and a saddle. This saddle was previously owned by Django and the second is in Minnie's Haberdashery. Sitting on the floor of the haberdashery is Django's green corduroy jacket. Both of these references have been confirmed by Samuel L. Jackson.
For the most part, the roles of Major Warren, John Ruth, Oswaldo and Joe Gage were written with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen in mind. The role of Daisy Domergue was less specific and many actresses were considered, before Jennifer Jason Leigh was cast. Tarantino said: " "Daisy became one of the most interesting characters because she's on the page, but she's not on the page; an actress literally needs to invest in playing that character from beginning to end. They have to get you to that last chapter. It had to be an actress I could trust, and also a performer you enjoy watching her character work. When Jennifer came in she was very impressive in the reading, but what really got me was I'd just starting watching a bunch of her movies. I had a whole Jennifer Jason Leigh film festival. I watched one and I couldn't wait to put the next one in, she was such an entertaining actress, especially about that time in the 90s, like eXistenZ (1999) Georgia (1995) and especially Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994). Those movies were built around her, her performance was the center of the movie, and everything was built around that, and that's what was needed for Daisy."
The song sung by Daisey was performed by Jennifer Jason Leigh live on set. The soundtrack for the film features the song along with the sounds of the wood being hammered into the door and dialogue by Kurt Russell.
According to the written script, the characters of Minnie and Sweet Dave became acquainted with one another as in slave and owner before the Civil War. Sweet Dave once had Minnie as a slave but they somehow stayed together after the banning of slavery for unknown reasons. It could be speculated that Sweet Dave was secretly in love with Minnie, or that he helped her purchase land to start her own business as a way of paying her reparations for keeping her enslaved in the past. It is believed that Tarantino has left the audience to make up their own theories about the connection between Minnie and Sweet Dave.
On December 19, 2015, a week before its limited release, the film, along with fellow Oscar-contenders Brooklyn (2015), Carol (2015), Creed (2015), The Revenant (2015), Room (2015), and Straight Outta Compton (2015) had a screener copy of the film leaked online. Within the first 24 hours of the leak, the film had attracted 569,153 unique IP addresses.
This is the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino, and uses the number eight in the title, this is similar to Fellini's film 8½ (1963), a film that got it's name for being Fellini's eighth and a half film. This film is most likely paying homage to Fellini's film, as Tarantino included references to it in previous films like Pulp Fiction (1994).
Panavision made a 2000 foot film magazine (double the standard size) for the The Hateful Eight's Ultra Panavision 70 cameras to accommodate Quentin Tarantino's penchant for long takes.
The name of the stagecoach line "Butterfield Overland Stage" is the same as in 3:10 to Yuma (1957).
The Hateful Eight's 70mm roadshow version is literally a box office heavy weight. The analog film is spooled on 20 reels with a combined running time of 187 minutes and weighs in at over 250 pounds.
Quentin Tarantino announced at San Diego Comic-Con that The Hateful Eight (2015) would be the first of his films to have a primarily original soundtrack, written and composed by Ennio Morricone. Earlier films of his to experiment with original music (either score or song) include Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007) and Django Unchained (2012).
The film was nominated for three Golden Globes almost a month before its wide release. They were; Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Score for Ennio Morricone, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
On September 26, 2014, the state of Colorado had signed to fund the film's production with $5 million. The complete film would be shot in Southwest Colorado. A 900-acre, high-mesa ranch had been issued to the production for the filming. There was a meeting on October 16, which the county's planning commission would plan to use a permit for the construction of a temporary set. Principal photography began on December 8, 2014, in Colorado on the Schmid Ranch near Telluride.
Katee Sackhoff read the role that eventually went to Jennifer Jason Leigh. She even read with Quentin Tarantino, and was highly considered for the role, but it was decided that she was too young.
According to an October 12, 2015, Variety magazine interview with Quentin Tarantino, the 70 mm roadshow cut of the film is 182 minutes long, making it Tarantino's longest individual film (although the two parts of Kill Bill are 248 minutes combined). The version released in other formats, meanwhile, will remove the 12-minute overture/intermission and 6 minutes designed for the spectacle of 70 mm projection, reducing the length to a minute under Django Unchained (2012).
The Thing (1982) was the only film that Quentin Tarantino showed to the cast.
According to the script, this film's plot heavily references many important historic realities that occurred in the years following the Civil War, including tension and rivalry between Union and Confederate veterans, the attitude over abolishing slavery and granting blacks equal rights and the economic struggles of the southern states and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
The Hateful Eight (2015) used Panavision anamorphic lenses with an aspect ratio of 2.76:1, an ultra wide aspect ratio that was used on a few movies in the 1950s and 60s, such as Raintree County (1957), Ben-Hur (1959), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Khartoum (1966).
Michelle Williams, Robin Wright, Geena Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, Hilary Swank and Demi Moore were all considered for the role of Daisy Domergue before Jennifer Jason Leigh was officially announced. Jennifer Lawrence was rumored to play the role, but her reps confirmed that it was just internet rumors.
Unfortunately for the production of the film, during the scheduled shooting dates on location in Telluride, Colorado, there was a long streak of nice weather. Large fans and starch, and large overhead sunblocks were used in many of the outdoors blizzard shots to try to recreate a blizzard. A large amount of the much-needed snow melted away and production was placed on hiatus. As a fun attempt to try to get more snow, many of the cast and crew members including Taratino, Jackson, and Russell participated in a local "ski burn", making an offering to the "snow gods" to try to get it to snow. Coincidentally (or not...) a couple days later, a large storm came in and dropped a large amount of snow so filming could continue.
The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern and Demián Bichir.
Samuel L. Jackson's character "Major Marquis Warren" is named after the film and TV director Charles Marquis Warren.
The Hateful Eight (2015) marks the widest US release (96 theaters) of a 70mm film since Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992). In comparison, The Master (2012) had a limited US release on only 16 screens
This will be Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson's sixth collaboration. Jackson made a cameo in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and was a Narrator in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Quentin Tarantino has said that some of the Ennio Morricone's compositions for the film are the unused scores for The Thing (1982)
Takes place in the same universe as Django Unchained (2012), even though it is not a sequel.
The Hateful Eight (2015), according to Quentin Tarantino, was his metaphoric way of breaking down his feelings about The Thing (1982), i.e. the way he felt watching it for the first time in a movie theater.
Out of the full featured cast, only Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demián Bichir, Gene Jones and Channing Tatum haven't worked with Quentin Tarantino before.
The Weinstein Company spent $8-10 million to find, procure, rebuild, and install 70mm analog film projectors and to train the 200 projectionists needed to operate them in the 96 US theaters ($80,000+ per location) that showed the roadshow version of this film.
During the film's development stage, Christoph Waltz was rumored for the role of John 'The Hangman' Ruth in the film which would have been Waltz and Quentin Tarantino's third film collaboration together but the role eventually went to Kurt Russell.'
At one point, Michael Madsen's character says the line, "a bastard's work is never done" which was the tagline on the poster for Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Despite being their sixth collaboration as actor and director, this is the first time that Samuel L. Jackson receives top billing in a film directed by Quentin Tarantino.
In the original script, the character of Bob was supposed to be a Frenchman instead of a Mexican.
As of 2015, almost all movie theaters worldwide had their film projectors replaced with digital projectors, as traditional film stock was no longer in favor. As a great fan and supporter of celluloid, Quentin Tarantino aggressively fought with global distributors for the film to be shown in its original Ultra Panavision 70 presentation. As a result, 50 theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic lensed 70mm analog film projectors to display the film as he intended it to be seen. The film was released on December 25, 2015 as a roadshow presentation in 70mm analog film format theaters exclusively before being widely released in digital theaters on December 30, 2015.
This is only the eleventh film to be shot in the Ultra Panavision 70 process (65mm film with 1.25x squeeze anamorphic lenses, for an aspect ratio of 2.76:1). A film has not used this extremely rare process since Khartoum (1966) nearly 50 years before. This also makes it Quentin Tarantino's second film, after Jackie Brown (1997), to not be filmed in the 2.35 format.
Early test screenings had a runtime of over 3 hours and included an intermission.
After the script leaked online, Quentin Tarantino did not want to make the film. But after they did a brief reading of the script in L.A. The cast were stunned and got excited for the film and with Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepted.
Pre-production was halted in early 2014 after the script was leaked, Quentin Tarantino stated he would no longer shoot it as movie but would rewrite it and release it as a novel instead, but production was resumed in early 2015.
During parts of filming, the cast and crew worked in a 30 degree refrigerated set.
According to Quentin Tarantino his two primary cinematic influences on the film were The Thing (1982) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).
Quentin Tarantino announced in 2015's Comic-Con that Ennio Morricone would compose the score for the film. Tarantino remarked that it would be the first western scored by Morricone in 40 years. Tarantino had previously used Morricone's music in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012). Morricone also wrote a brand new song, Ancora Qui, for the latter. Despite alleged tensions between the two, Tarantino decided to have Morricone on board to write new and original music for the movie. This will be the first film by Tarantino to use mainly an original musical score. Most of Tarantino's previous films have used mainly source music, with only a few cues of original score written for the film.
Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth starred together in Pulp Fiction and are both the most casted actors in Tarantino movies.
Reunites Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason lee who appeared together in "Backdraft".
Katee Sackhoff read the role that eventually went to Jennifer Jason Leigh. She even read with Tarantino, and was highly considered for the role, but it was decided that she was too young.
During filming, the cast and crew were in a 30 degree refrigerated set.
During the film's development stage, Christoph Waltz was rumored for the role of John 'The Hangman' Ruth in the film which would have been Waltz & Tarantino's third film collaboration together but the role eventually went to Kurt Russell.
This will be Tarantino & Samuel L Jackson's 6th collaboration. Jackson made a cameo in Kill Bill Vol. 2 and was a Narrator in Inglourious Basterds.
The Hateful Eight (2015) marks as the first motion picture to be shot and released in 70mm since The Master (2012). The film is also expected to be the widest release in 70mm since Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992).
Composer Ennio Morricone had previously said that he would never work with Quentin Tarantino after how his music was handled on Django Unchained (2012), but ultimately changed his mind and agreed to score this film.
Out of the full announced cast, only Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir, Gene Jones and Channing Tatum have never worked with Quentin Tarantino before.
When this movie was first announced, there were rumors circulating that Josh Brolin was considered for a major role. Nothing ever surfaced, however, and neither Tarantino or Brolin have confirmed anything.
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