Official Full Synopsis For "Django Unchained" Released!

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 13, 2012 12:32 PM
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The marketing machine has officially begun for Quentin Tarantino's hgihly-anticipated slavery revenge tale Django Unchained - a film that I've already predicted will be another one of those heavily polarizing films when it's eventually released on X-mas day this year and after. 

Oh yes folks, I predict we're probably going to be fighting over this one; it's gonna get all bloody up in here.

Oooh... can't wait :)

The official teaser poster was unveiled earlier this week, and this morning, going through my overflowing mailbox, I almost missed the email from the PR company handling the film, with a subject heading that read "DJANGO UNCHAINED/Official Synopsis."

I opened it up to find this:

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox 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 (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), 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...

Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures.

Alright, so if you've read my review of the script (posted on S&A nothing almost a year ago today - May 9th), nothing written in the synopsis above will be terribly new to you, because it's pretty much how it all goes down. Of course specifics could have changed since then, and we just won't know what exactly until we see the completed film.

You can read my script review HERE if you haven't. I received lots of hate email for it; but that's par for the course, right? Welcome to my life :)

But regardless of what I felt about that draft of the script I read and reviewed, I'm still most certainly curious to see what the end product looks like when it's released; I'm sure I'll get to see some early press screenings of it, and, naturally, my review will follow eventually.

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7 Comments

  • J | April 14, 2012 7:17 PMReply

    Sam Jackson plays a house Negro again? Oh boy.

  • T'Challa | April 13, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    SMH.. I'm not paying money for this movie, man.. reads like another "Black man needs White savior to realise his goals" type movie.. I'll wait for the internet leak..

  • Jai | April 13, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    WOW; maybe the heated race debates(Trayvon Martin) will settle down before the film is released if not, this year will definitely end with a bang.

  • CareyCarey | April 13, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    NOBODY MOVE! This is a stickup Mr. Tambay "Don King" Obenson. Give it up... film critics and film enthusiasts across the African Diaspora wants to know exactly whose side your on? That's right, we heard you when you said "The marketing machine has officially begun and it's gonna get all bloody up in here". But Tambay, you said that you received hate mail for your review of the Django script but you left us hanging. Granted, you posted a link to your post but you know how we are about reading posts. Some of us read the title and proceed directly to the comment section. Other speed-read while they're watching TV. I am a speed-reader, but I've always been slow. You know... little yellow bus slow, so I'm always missing something. Heck, some people are still misinterpreting your Django poster article. "HEY FOLKS, IT'S A FREAKIN FAN POSTER. IT'S NOT THE REAL DEAL". Now Don... I mean Tambay, now that we have that out of the way, we need you to be clear on your position. You know, you could tell us the intricate details of that hate mail, and you could tell us your position (likes and dislikes) on Quintin Tarantino as a director and your position on his past films, and of course, Django Unchained. That's right... lay it out there like you're sitting in a confession. You know... straight talk, not an imitation of Don King's voice --> "I'm a promoter of the people for the people and by the people and my magic lies in my people ties. I'm a promoter of America and black cinema. I'm American people. You know what I mean. So therefore, uh, do not send for who the bell tolls 'cause the bell tolls for thee". Yelp, inquiring minds want to know, Tambay. Well... I want to know because if it's gonna get all ruff and tumble up in here, reminicent of the fist fights the board had surrounding The Help, SHAME and Viola Davis, I want to know (I gotta know) if I should cut you first. *LOL* so come on... spit it out or forever hold your peace... cus we know what side of the fence Sergio is on. He's on record saying black folks ain't never gonna be ready for a "poignant" slave film and he does not think Tarantino is all that. So what ye say?

  • LK | April 13, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Typo first paragraph.

  • wonder | April 13, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    We all know "marketing" runs H'wood. You do what you gotta to sell a film but really, "Django" aka "Django Unchained" aka J.Foxx is in peewee pike size, almost hidden on that poster. And you can't find Sam until you read his name & go looking. Is this Jamie's movie? Or Leo's movie? Rest assured, someone--somewhere at a near point in time, is going to argue that "Django must be Leonardo."

  • Ali | April 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    It's a fan poster.

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