Django (character)

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Created by Sergio Corbucci
Portrayed by
Gender Male
Occupation Dismissed Union Army soldier (1966 film)
Former slave/Bounty hunter (2012 film)
Spouse(s) Mercedes Zaro (1966 film)
Broomhilda Von Shaft (2012 film)
Significant other(s) Maria (1966 film)

Django is a character who appears in a number of spaghetti western films.[1][2] He has appeared in 31 films.[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 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 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, 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.


Official films[edit]

Franco Nero films[edit]


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.[5]

Jamie Foxx films[edit]

Unofficial films[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[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
  5. ^ "John Sayles to Direct Django Lives!". The Action Elite. 2016-05-23. Retrieved 2016-06-17.