Franco Nero as Django
|Created by||Sergio Corbucci|
|Occupation||Dismissed Union Army soldier (1966 film)|
Former slave/Bounty hunter (2012 film)
|Spouse||Mercedes Zaro (1966 film)|
Broomhilda Von Shaft (2012 film)
Django is a character who appears in a number of spaghetti western films. Originally played by Franco Nero in the Italian film of the same name by Sergio Corbucci, he has appeared in 31 films since then. 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.
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 four years after the end of the Civil War in 1869. After arriving in a bleak, mud-drenched town in the American Southwest 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 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.
The 2012 Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx as Django is set in 1858, three 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 Broomhilda von Shaft. 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 Broomhilda.
Original Django actor Franco Nero makes a cameo appearance in the film. After meeting Django, Nero's character asks him how he spells his name. When Django spells the name correctly and points out that the "D" is silent, Franco Nero's character replies: "I know" as a nod to his past character.
Franco Nero films
- Django (1966) – The original film that introduced the character, directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero as the eponymous character.
- Django Strikes Again (1987) – The first official sequel to Django, starring Franco Nero as the eponymous character
In May 2016, it was reported that Franco Nero will reprise his role in his third outing as the titular character, entitled Django Lives!, with the film taking place 50 years after the events of the original installment, set to be directed by John Sayles.
Jamie Foxx films
- Django Unchained (2012) – Although not an official prequel to Django, Franco Nero does have a bit role in the film as a different character. The movie's title character is "Django Freeman", played by Jamie Foxx.
- A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) – Cameo appearance
- Few Dollars for Django (1966) starring Anthony Steffen
- Django Shoots First (1966) starring Glenn Saxson
- Django, A Bullet for You (1966) starring James Philbrook
- Two Sons of Ringo (1966) starring Franco Franchi
- God Forgives... I Don't! (1967)
- The Last Killer (1967) starring George Eastman
- Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967) starring Tomas Milian
- Don't Wait, Django! Shoot! (1967) starring
- Son of Django (1967)
- 10,000 Dollars for a Massacre (1967) starring Gianni Garko
- Any Gun Can Play (1967)
- Two Faces of the Dollar (1967)
- Man, Pride, Revenge (1967) starring Franco Nero
. is a Django in Germany, with Mit Django kam der Tod, Carmen - mit Django kam der Tod and Brazil, with Django Não Perdoa, Mata. Titled and sold for sales advantage, it is not a Western. Original title: L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta. https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Uomo,_l'orgoglio,_la_vendetta,_L'
- If You Want to Live... Shoot! (1968)
- Django Kills Slowly (1968)
- Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) starring Terence Hill
- 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) starring Jack Betts
- Django Against Sartana (1970)
- Django Meets Sartana (1970)
- Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End (1970) starring Jack Betts
- Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin (1970)
- Django Defies Sartana (1971)
- Django Is Always No. 2 (1971)
- W Django! (1971)
- Django's Cut Price Corpses, aka A Pistol for Django (1971)
- A Ballad of Django (1971)
- A Man Called Django (1971)
- Gunman of One Hundred Crosses (1971)
- Shoot, Django! Shoot First! (1971)
- Kill Django... Kill First (1971)
- Down with Your Hands... You Scum! (1972)
- Django... Adios! AKA Death Is Sweet from the Soldier of God (1972) starring Brad Harris. Original title: Seminò la morte... lo chiamavano Castigo di Dio.
- Long Live Django! (1972)
- Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
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