Django (character)

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Django
Created by Sergio Corbucci
Portrayed by
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Dismissed Union Army soldier
Spouse(s) Mercedes Zaro (1833–1869)
Killed by bandits

Django is a character who appears in a number of spaghetti western films.[1][2] He appeared in at least thirty-one films in all.[3] Especially outside of the genre's home country Italy, mainly Germany, countless releases have been retitled in the wake of the 1966 Django's enormous success.[4]

Character biography[edit]

Django[edit]

Django is a 1966 Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Corbucci starring Franco Nero as Django; a dismissed Union soldier who fought in the American Civil War. The film is set 4 years after the end of the Civil War in 1869. After arriving in a bleak, mud-drenched town in the American south-west and dragging a coffin behind him, Django gets caught up in a violent race war between a gang of Mexican bandits, led by General Hugo, and a clan of racist militants under the command of the sadistic Major Jackson. Armed with a deadly Mitrailleuse volley gun, Django proceeds to play both sides against each other in the pursuit of money and, ultimately, revenge against Jackson; the Major having murdered his wife years before.

Django Unchained[edit]

The 2012 Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx as Django is set in 1858, 3 years before the start of the American Civil War. Foxx plays "Django Freeman", a freed slave who, along with German bounty hunter Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz), journeys across the American South and American Old West in search of his wife Brunhilde (erroneously referred to as "Broomhilda" by a majority of the characters, apart from Schultz). Django spends time as a bounty hunter like Schultz while searching for his wife from whom he had been separated. He eventually discovers that the owner of his wife is Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a prominent Southern slave owner. Django and Schultz head to Candie's plantation, Candyland, to free Brunhilde.

Appearances[edit]

  • Django (1966) - The original film that introduced the character, directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero
  • Few Dollars for Django (1966)
  • Django Shoots First (1966)
  • Two Sons of Ringo (1966)
  • God Forgives... I Don't! (1967)
  • The Last Killer (1967)
  • Django Kill (If You Live, Shoot!) (1967)
  • Don't Wait, Django! Shoot! (1967)
  • Son of Django (1967)
  • 10,000 Dollars for a Massacre (1967)
  • Any Gun Can Play (1967)
  • Two Faces of the Dollar (1967)
  • Man, Pride, Revenge (1967)
  • If You Want to Live... Shoot! (1968)
  • Django Kills Slowly (1968)
  • Preparati la bara! (1968)
  • Django Does Not Forgive (1969)
  • Hanging for Django (1969)
  • Gallows Rope for Django (1969)
  • False Django (1969)
  • Django the Bastard (1969)
  • One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1969)
  • Django Against Sartana (1970)
  • Django Meets Sartana (1970)
  • Django and Sartana are Coming… It's the End! (1970)
  • Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin (1970)
  • Django Defies Sartana (1971)
  • Django Is Always No. 2 (1971)
  • Django's Cut Price Corpses (1971)
  • A Ballad of Django (1971)
  • A Pistol for Django (1971)
  • A Man Called Django (1971)
  • Gunman of One Hundred Crosses (1971)
  • Shoot, Django! Shoot First! (1971)
  • Death Is Sweet from the Soldier of God (1972)
  • Down with Your Hands... You Scum! (1972)
  • Django... Adios! (1972)
  • Long Live Django! (1972)
  • Django Strikes Again (1987) - The only official sequel, starring Franco Nero as the eponymous character
  • Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
  • Django Unchained (2012) - Although not an official sequel, Franco Nero does have a bit role, yet not as Django. Django is played by Jamie Foxx.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rare Spaghetti Western movies on DVD-R and VHS
  2. ^ Hughes, Howard (2006). Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers' Guide to Spaghetti Westerns (illustrated ed.). I.B. Tauris. pp. 57–69. ISBN 978-1-85043-896-0. 
  3. ^ Prince, Stephen (1999). Sam Peckinpah's: The Wild Bunch. Cambridge University Press. pp. 152, 228. ISBN 978-0-521-58606-1
  4. ^ "Title Chaos" in: The Spaghetti Western Database http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Title_chaos