Django Unchained/Trivia

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  • Title is inspired by the 1966 Sergio Corbucci spaghetti western Django and its numerous unrelated sequels.
  • The Columbia logo at the beginning of the film is a pre-1976 version with slightly distorted colors.
  • Django's green jacket and cowboy hat were patterned after the ones Little Joe (Michael Landon) wore on the Western TV series Bonanza.
  • Django's sunglasses are a replica of the ones Charles Bronson wears in the film The White Buffalo (1977)
  • The bright electric blue suit Django wears is inspired by Thomas Gainsborough's painting The Blue Boy (1770).
  • The final dress Broomhilda wears is inspired by the one worn by Evelyn Stewart in the spaghetti western One Silver Dollar (1965).
  • Dr. King Schultz's faux chinchilla coat was inspired by the TV character Kojak (Telly Savalas).
  • Zoe Bell's Tracker character wears a red bandana that covers part of her face. At one point it was going to be revealed that it's because her lower jaw is missing. This never made it to the final film.
  • Big Daddy's cream colored suit was inspired by Don Johnson's character Sonny Crockett on the TV show Miami Vice. The character's trademark was chic white sports suits.
  • Calvin Candie's suits were partly inspired by the character Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in the film Gone With The Wind (1939).
  • During an intense scene as Calvin Candie, Leonardo DiCaprio cut his hand on a glass and bled. This footage was used for the final version of the film.
  • Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django. 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.
  • Kevin Costner was cast as Ace Woody, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Quentin Tarantino's first feature film not edited by Sally Menke, who died in 2010.
  • Kurt Russell replaced Kevin Costner. Russell and Costner appeared together in 3000 Miles to Graceland, and have both played lawman Wyatt Earp, in Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, respectively.
  • Although the film is technically a part of the western genre, Quentin Tarantino preferred to refer to the film as a "southern" due to the films setting in America's deep south.
  • Sid Haig was considered for the role of Mr. Stonesipher, so much so that casting director 'Victoria Thomas' informed Haig's agent "It's a lock". 'Quentin Tarantino' himself scheduled, and later canceled at the last minute, two auditions for Haig. Two months later, the role quietly went to David Steen instead. Tarantino being known for his extremely dry humor, this "prank" is presumably rooted in Haig turning down the role of Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction 17 years previously.
  • Quentin Tarantino wrote a role for Michael Kenneth Williams, but Williams had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Boardwalk Empire.
  • Whilst filming on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Director Quentin Tarantino rented out a local movie theater to show samurai and Western movies from his own personal collection.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in a minor role as Jano, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut.
  • Jamie Foxx used his own horse in the movie.
  • This is the second time Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington have portrayed a married couple. The two previously starred as Ray Charles and Della Bea Robinson in Ray.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Scotty and Kurt Russell was cast as Ace Woody but both dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The final draft of the script is dated April 26th, 2011.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays villain Calvin Candie in this film, was originally the first actor choice for the role of antagonist Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's previous film Inglourious Basterds. However, Tarantino decided that a German-speaking actor should portray the character, and the part went to Christoph Waltz, who portrays Dr. King Schultz in this film, marking Waltz's second film collaboration with Tarantino.
  • Director Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington's Characters are meant to be the great great great grandparents of the character John Shaft from the Shaft movies. An overt reference to this connection can be found in Kerry Washington's character's full name: Broomhilda Von Shaft.
  • The film was shot in 130 days. This was Quentin Tarantino's longest shooting schedule for a singular film.
  • Lady Gaga was considered for the role of Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly.
  • Christoph Waltz was injured while training for his part.
  • Amber Tamblyn plays the character "Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter"; her real-life father, Russ Tamblyn, played the title role in the film Son of a Gunfighter.
  • This is the first stand-alone film (not counting Grindhouse or Death Proof) directed by Quentin Tarantino which was not produced by Lawrence Bender.
  • Excluding films that the cast is billed alphabetically (Celebrity and Don's Plum) this is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get the top billing.


  • In Calvin Candie's villa, a decorative copy of the Nefertiti Bust can be seen. However, the movie is set in the year 1858, while the bust wasn't discovered until 1912.
  • Dynamite is used in the movie, but it wasn't invented until 1867 - nearly 9 years after the time the movie is set in.
  • During an auction, Dr. Schultz calls out, "Sold, American!" But this line wasn't made famous until the 1920s when fast-talking auctioneer 'Speed' Riggs said it at the conclusion of Lucky Strike radio commercials. Also, "American" is in reference to the American Tobacco Company, which wasn't in existence until at least 20 years after the time the film is set in.
  • Michael Parks' straw hat is too modern, as it has eyelet air holes and a plastic cord lock on the chin cord.

Continuity Errors

  • When Schultz and Django first camp, Schultz is seen putting on his pants AND suspenders. In the next scene he doesn't have suspenders on, but we see him hiking them up as if for the first time.
  • On the way to Candie Land, Django pulls one of the henchman's horses to the ground, bringing the rider with it. In the next shot, the rider is still on the ground, but the horse is suddenly upright as though nothing happened.
  • When Django is learning he is allowed to dress himself as he pleases, as he tosses the hat onto the bust in frustration, it rests off-center and pointing to the floor. But when the camera cuts back, the hat is suddenly level.


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