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| With: Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak, Ángel Álvarez, Gino Pernice (a.k.a. Jimmy Douglas), Simón Arriaga, Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia, Erik Schippers, Rafael Albaicín, José Canalejas, Eduardo Fajardo |
| Written by: Bruno Corbucci, Sergio Corbucci, José Gutiérrez Maesso, Franco Rossetti, Piero Vivarelli |
| Directed by: Sergio Corbucci |
| MPAA Rating: Unrated |
| Running Time: 91 |
| Date: 06/04/1966 |
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By Jeffrey M. Anderson Django is considered the finest example of the Spaghetti Western genre outside of the famous Sergio Leone films, and rightly so. Its director, Sergio Corbucci (The Great Silence, Companeros), had a stronger stomach for violence and took his stories further around the bend than Leone.
The movie opens with our hero (played by Franco Nero) dragging a coffin behind him while trudging through the West. He rescues a woman from Mexican bandits, then finds himself in the middle of war with a huge pile of gold at stake. This is the famous film in which a man is forced to eat his own ear. Great stuff.
Django is currently only available in the neon-colored box set, The Spaghetti Western Collection, which also comes with three lesser-known Spaghetti Westerns, Giulio Questi's unofficial sequel Django, Kill (1967) starring Thomas Milan, Sergio Sollima's Run, Man, Run! (1968) also with Milan, and Sergio Martino's late entry Mannaja: A Man Called Blade (1977) starring Maurizio Merli. These beautiful, widescreen discs come with scholarly liner notes, still galleries, interviews, lengthy trailers and various documentaries, the most interesting of which is a 1960s-era look at the Spaghetti Western phenomenon. It includes behind-the-scenes footage of Run, Man, Run! and Corbucci's The Great Silence as well as interviews with Corbucci and actor Chuck Connors!
Django received a Blu-Ray release in 2010, and a brief theatrical re-release in 2012, thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.