The Hateful Eight

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7.82 h 47 min2016X-RayR
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock.
Directors
Quentin Tarantino
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Samuel L. JacksonKurt RussellJennifer Jason Leigh
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SuspenseDramaWestern
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Walton GogginsDemian BichirTim RothMichael MadsenBruce DernJames ParksDana GourrierZoë BellLee HorsleyGene JonesKeith JeffersonCraig Stark. Belinda OwinoChanning Tatum
Producers
Richard N. GladsteinStacey SherShannon McIntosh
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The Weinstein Company
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R (Restricted)
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Joseph C. MartinakReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
God did this "Movie" suck.
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Thank God I didn't pay full price or I would have been pissed. Way too long. foul. But foul just for shock value. Save your money. Tarantino keeps going to the "pulp fiction" well. It's not working any more. Seriously, save your money. A total crap fest.
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F. C. SchaeferReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Ultimate Tarantino film, both good and bad.
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For even some of his most avid fans, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, felt like a bridge too far for Quentin Tarantino. And I have to agree up to a point, as the film is certainly overlong, and a truly indulgent homage to Italian Spaghetti westerns of the late 60’s and early 70’s. No writer and director working today has a more devoted fan base than Tarantino, one he has earned fairly, starting with RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION, the latter being the single most influential film of the 90’s, and for many film buffs, the equivalent of a rock show. His subsequent films, with the possible exception of JACKIE BROWN (an Elmore Leonard adaptation), have been greeted with adulation by his ever increasing fan base, captivated by Tarantino’s ability to steal from the best of grindhouse cinema, be it Italian or Japanese or Hong Kong or low budget Hollywood, and make it something uniquely his own, with amble helpings of violence and profanity. I count myself as a big fan, more than happy revisit his bad asses, vengeful Mommas, psychos, and just plain no accounts time and again. Nobody can write dialogue better, and absolutely nobody can stage a big set piece showdown better than Tarantino. But THE HATEFUL EIGHT really begs the question, is too much of a good thing really wonderful.

The plot is a mashup of a paperback western and Agatha Christie, as it most of the action takes place on a stagecoach traveling the Wyoming countryside, and at a way station called Minnie’s Haberdashery, in fact, almost all the action takes place at the latter during a furious snow storm. The film opens with a stagecoach carrying Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, he plays the lawman, John Ruth, and she is his prisoner, Daisy Domergue, a vicious gang leader Ruth is taking to town of Red Rock to hang. On the way they pick up two strangers, Major Marquis Warren, played by Samuel L. Jackson, a bounty hunter who brings them in dead rather than alive, and Walton Goggins, as Chris Mannix, a Confederate veteran, who claims to be on his way to Red Rock to be the new sheriff. The weather turns bad and the stage is forced to ride it out at Minnie’s, where they find four strangers in charge, played by Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and Damien Bicher, all of whom, may or may not be who they claim to be. None of them really trust each other, as Ruth suspects that some of Daisy’s gang are going to try and free her, while Northern veteran Warren is wary of Southerners Mannix and and Dern’s General Smithers. Tensions simmer and boil, and the bad side of everyone comes out, and all the characters get a chance to prove just how “hateful” they truly are before they meet their end.

The first instance of Tarantino being indulgent comes in the opening sequence on the stage, which runs nearly a half hour, where introductions are made as the characters, talk, and talk, and talk, and lots and lots and lots of exposition heavy dialogue is exchanged. Even if a lot of it is delivered in great Southern accents by Russell and Goggins, it plays incredibly slow, especially on a second viewing. Even worse is the pause in the middle of the film, which tells its story in “chapters,” where we hit reverse, and it is revealed what happened before the stage arrived, including a bunch of gruesome killings, the introduction of a totally new character, and way more exposition. Nothing is left to the viewer to figure out; everything is foreshadowed to death, and at three hours and change running time, that’s a lot of explaining. And a lot of excess, especially when it comes to the nihilism at the dark center of this story, where everyone lives down to their worst aspects, as at the end, when the racist former Confederate, Mannix, and the black former Union officer, Warren, unite in the their mutual hatred of Daisy Domergue to string her up by a rope, and calmly watch her choke to death, even as they breathe their last. There is always a dark heart at the center of Tarnatino’s films, where even those we root for are sadists who show no mercy, where any and all moral codes are utterly ignored, where vengeance is a religion. But in HATEFUL EIGHT, it is taken so far that even heretofore avid Tarantino supporters like myself, question whether he has not only gone to the well once too often, but dug this particular well way too deep to start with.

Still, speaking strictly as a cinephile, my admiration for Tarantino knows no bounds, for no director working today knows what he wants better, and gets it all right up there on the movie screen. I love how he shot in 70 MM, creating wide vistas even while keeping the action indoors, letting some of the protagonists take center stage in some scenes, reducing others to be merely extras. Nobody sets a mood better, and HATEFUL EIGHT hits the right note in the opening credit sequence set to Ennio Moriconne’s magnificent Oscar winning score, which is more suitable for a horror film than a western, and right off the bat begins to build tension. This is great visual storytelling without uttering a word, and if I complained about too much dialogue, that doesn’t mean it is not worth listening to, as most of the protagonists are revealed to be liars who can’t be trusted, or as in the case of Major Marquis Warren, a very unreliable narrator – see his story about the Lincoln letter or his tale to General Smithers about the fate of the General’s son. There are the little ways characters are revealed, as when Roth’s Mobray drops his proper British accent when he is shot, and reverts to a cockney one. Tarantino has built himself something of a stock company, which now must include Jennifer Jason Leigh, who gives a fearless performance as Daisy, a hate filled bitch, who in the course of the film, is punched in the face, and then has blood, brains and puke splattered across it. Tarantino’s choice of music to punctuate the story is still spot on, here using the long forgotten Roy Orbison tune, “There Won’t be Many Coming Home” perfectly. Even in this overlong movie, the actors clearly got in rhythm with each other, even those like Dern, whose taciturn charater has less to say when compared with the others. I do admire the way Tarantino does not bow to his SJW critics; he makes sure his characters talk as hateful as they act, and how he doesn’t make Jackson’s character, the lone black among a bunch Reconstruction Era whites, into some kind of heroic avenger, he may not be the worst among this eight, but not by much.

And best of all, I enjoy the homage to (or theft from) great film makers of the past; in THE HATEFUL EIGHT we see the clear influence of John Ford’s STAGECOACH, Budd Boetticher’s THE TALL T, and Sergio Corbucci’s THE BIG SILENCE. I wonder if I am the only one who thought the name of the character Jackson plays was a shout to Charles Marquis Warren, the ubiquitous producer of many a TV western, such as RAWHIDE, from back in the day.
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SnigletMomReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie and characters! Beware of Violence.
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In typical Quentin Tarantino style this is very bloody and graphic. Besides that the story is great. I have new respect for Jennifer Jason Leigh. her acting skills in this movie where above what I have ever seen her do. She was so believable as the ruthless Ms. Daisy Domergue. Her look was authentic and her character dirty and cold-hearted. It was clear the gal would have shot anyone who got in her way. The rest of the cast was well rounded and equally good. Samuel Jackson was evil in a way that was down right scary.I wish I had gotten to know Kurt Russel's character more. He was part of the film all to briefly I thought. It is important I believe that once you can stomach the violence that you listen and study each character to get the full effect of the movie. Even the people who had a shred of good in them where hardened and just plain bad to the core. I do not recommend watching this with children. There is a sexual content scene that is way to much for any child. The story telling was interesting and well thought out.
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Mark WolfReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blown away...
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I don't normally like films directed by Quentin Tarantino very much, However this film is by far his greatest work.
This is not only a wonderful western, it is also very entertaining. You get to know who the character's are and their inner most thoughts...
Kurt Russell was superb as the bounty hunter, Samuel Jackson was superb as well, in fact everyone played their parts perfectly. It was also nice to see Michael Madsen on screen again...The last time I saw Michael Madsen was in a film called the Killing Jar.
The film starts out with a bang and ends with a bang, but there are a few things that don't fall into place until the last chapter, then everything falls into place...after the film was over, the only thing I wished was that the film would not end...
If you have not seen this film, you are missing a really great western that is pulled off perfectly by a directer I never really cared for, that was until I saw this film...
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Mark J. HouseReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Modern Western
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Kurt Russell and Samuel Jackson star in this return to the western genre in film making. Quentin Tarantino made this so you get the idea. In the few years after the U.S. Civil War, the stagecoach was the main method of travel for multiple passengers. A bounty hunter is taking his prisoner across Wyoming to court. They run into another bounty hunter and a lawman with shady intent. Nature has a way of letting people know who is boss on Earth and these poor people find that out in a hurry. A blizzard hits and the bounty hounter takes his prisoner to a local stagecoach "pit stop" where the locals are of all sorts, if you get the idea. Who is righteous and who deserves punishment? Find out in this rated R film. This film is very violent, sexually graphic, and uses lots of obscene language. Kids are not advised to view this.
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K DudeReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie with it's pros and cons
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This was a good movie, but there were times it just dragged pointlessly. It enraptured and captured my interest, then minutes later lost it, only to capture it again. I somehow made it all the way through enjoying it overall, but it would be my least favorite Tarantino film. Usually his films are an intense force and they usually have at least one likable character. I found none of these characters all that interesting or likable. The cast is superb and they did a phenomenal job with what they were given with, but the story drags and the film is already a long one. The setting ambiance is a never-ending cold snow storm that doesn't seem to let up. I don't know if I'd recommend watching this if you're in a depressed mood. The language and the occasional violence is bloody and offensive. I don't mind and can take it, but it's pretty severe and almost forced and pointless that it could turn you off. Regardless, I still managed to find this okay, but I'm a Tarantino fan and this would fall into one of my lesser favorites of his, but worth a possible watch. I love Quentin Tarantino's movies, including the bad ones. Although the majority of my favorite films he's done were in the first half of his career like Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill 1 & 2. I even enjoyed Death Proof. If you like Tarantino's work, then you may enjoy this to a degree.
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John D. PrideReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
I'm A Tarantino Fan, But......
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I'm a huge fan of Tarantino's work and admire his attention to film history. However, even though I loved the Panavision technique nod in "Hateful Eight", this as a mess, full of over the top, hammy performances (despite a stellar cast) and a gawd-awful script. I read recently that QT was giving a nod to film maker Sergio Corbucci's work in this film, but that doesn't quite save what I consider Tarantino's only out-and-out flop so far. That said, I'm still looking forward to "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" and hope for a return to form.
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Just meReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's Tarantino!
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Tarantino's quality and unique way of telling stories makes him a staple of not just American film but I think has earned him a spot in world cinema and indeed in film history.

That being said, his generous use of expletives (especially his free use of the "N" word) can be overwhelming and offensive. He typically (this particular film is no exception) depicts homosexuallity as deviant. Hopefully his artistry can survive his antiquated values.

Buckets of blood and shocking violence are staples of this film.

His characters and dialog are rich. There are twists and turns, double crosses. and lots of surprises. The non-linear story telling works well as always. However, some of his technique may be getting trite and predictable.

If you like Tarantino, this may be one of his best - imo as good as Reservoir Dogs (yet not as iconic). Highly recommend for QT fans.
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