Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Plot: Django a free slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. He is aided in his mission by a German bounty hunter.
When Leonardo DiCaprio's character Calvin Candie smashes his hand on the dinner table, the actor accidentally crushed a small stemmed glass with his palm and really began to bleed. DiCaprio ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene. DiCaprio's hand was bandaged and he suggested the idea of smearing blood onto the face of Kerry Washington. Tarantino and Washington both liked this, so Tarantino got some fake blood together.
During the filming of one of the dinner scenes, Leonardo DiCaprio had to stop the scene because he was having "a difficult time" using so many racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson then pulled him aside telling him, "Motherfucker, this is just another Tuesday for us."
The white men playing poker towards the end of the film are using severed ears from slaves as their currency.
Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted.
Cuba Gooding Jr. lobbied for the role of Django but Quentin Tarantino would not consider him. According to Gooding, it is his biggest disappointment.
At 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 17 seconds, Christoph Waltz's performance in this movie is the longest ever to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Quentin Tarantino has said that Calvin J. Candie is the only character he has ever created whom he truly despises.
With an estimated budget of 100 million dollars, this is Quentin Tarantino's most expensive film.
There was talk of splitting the film into two parts, like Kill Bill, but Quentin Tarantino eventually rejected the idea and cut a whole lot of the planned film. Among what was cut out includes an entire backstory for ZoŽ Bell's character, which explains that she wears a bandanna over her face to hide a gruesome injury. Tarantino does plan on releasing an extended cut later down the line, restoring some scenes that were left on the cutting room floor.
Franco Nero the star of the original Django(1966) was considered for the role of Calvin Candie, but instead was given a cameo appearance as the owner of the slave that fights against a slave owned by the character played by DiCaprio (the screenplay gives his character the name Amerigo Vassepi). After being asked to spell his name, Django explains, "The 'D' is silent". Nero replies, "I know".
ZoŽ Bell: a favorite stunt woman of Quentin Tarantino appears as the tracker with the bandanna hiding her face.
About halfway through the film, Dr. Schultz says "I, for one, don't intend to die in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA". Unfortunately, that is exactly where he ends up dying.