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D'Jango Unchained: Hand full of dollars meets Gone with the Wind

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Return of the "N" word

You'd never guess this movie is about a traveling dentist, Dr. Schultz ... it starts out pulling teeth and ends up with all the whites getting their come uppance at the hands of the Jammie Fox character.

If you remember the old days (not necessarily the "Good" old days) of early to middle 20th Century America, you will recall that the "N" word --- dare I spell it out? Nope ! -- was a common part of everyday vocabulary, especially in the South. This was accompanied by signs reading "White Only" over water fountains, rest rooms, entrances to movies, and motels/hotels, and restaurants. This began to change in the mid 1960s, until now various language inhibitions for "polite" company (i.e., with parents and/or women present) have loosened up to such an extent that the "F" word and it's ilk tumble easily from every "nice" girl's lips (see Wikapaedia for the definition of a nice girl, if you don't know -- they are a rare species). But I digress. In the meantime, the N-word has evolved to be all but illegal to utter unless you are Black (aka "African American"). Since D'Jengo is of the latter description, he is allowed to utter the N-word with abandon. The same applies to all the other characters in the film, most notably the Leonardo DiCaprio character (a conceited, brutal, self righteous, plantation owner -- brutality BTW is over the top in this movie -- if you think Water Boarding is cruel, e.g., as in "Zero Dark Thirty", you an't seen nothing).

Anyway, go see D'Jango. Whatever color or creed or gender you are, you'll cheer to see a certain white woman get blown away, along with the rest of the plantation owners and their clan, along with their Uncle Tom head "Nig____" and the whole damn plantation mansion in a spectacular ending. This give away of the ending won't ruin it for you (I hope).

Still playing, as of 2 Feb 2013, at a theater near you. Afterwards on a premium channel or a red box, no doubt.

A Google Trailer description reads:

"...Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen, Candie's trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival."


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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice review. Not my kind of movie.