The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Samuel L. JacksonKurt RussellJennifer Jason LeighWalton GogginsDemián BichirTim RothMichael Madsen, andBruce Dern. The film score was composed by Ennio Morricone. The film is set some years after the Civil War in Wyoming, and revolves around eight strangers who seek refuge in a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass during a blizzard.

The film's development was announced by Tarantino in November 2013. However, after the script was leaked in January 2014, Tarantino decided to cancel the movie and publish the script as a novel instead. After directing a live read of the leaked script at theUnited Artists Theater in Los Angeles, Tarantino said that he had changed his mind and was going to film The Hateful Eight.

Filming began on December 8, 2014 near TellurideColorado. The film was released on December 24, 2015 in a roadshow release in on a 70 mm film format. A wide digital release is scheduled for December 31, 2015 by The Weinstein Company.

 

 

Plot[edit]

The film is divided into six narrative sequences. All of them take place chronologically, with the exception of Chapter Five, which starts before the others.

"Chapter One: Last Stage to Red Rock"[edit]

In post-Civil War Wyoming, Major Marquis "The Bounty Hunter" Warren (Jackson) attempts to hitch a ride on a stagecoach driven by O. B. Jackson (Parks). Warren is trying to transport the corpses of three outlaws to Red Rock for a handsome reward. He is let aboard by fellow bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Russell). Ruth is escorting fugitive Daisy "The Prisoner" Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock—alive—to collect a $10,000 reward, and to see her hang. To ensure that she cannot escape, Ruth has handcuffed himself to her. Domergue spits on a letter that Warren claims is from Abraham Lincoln; he punches her, and she falls out of the stagecoach, taking Ruth with her.

"Chapter Two: Son of a Gun"[edit]

As the stagecoach is stopped, it is approached by Chris "The Sheriff" Mannix (Goggins), who is also looking to hitch a ride to Red Rock. He says he is the town's incoming sheriff, and will be the one who pays Warren and Ruth their bounties. Ruth tells Warren that Mannix is the youngest son of the leader of the "Mannix Marauders", which terrorized South Carolina following the War. Mannix then tells of how Warren once burnt down a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp which he was confined in, allegedly killing dozens of Confederate and Union soldiers alike. For this, Mannix says, Warren had a Confederate bounty put on his head, and was drummed out of the Union cavalry. Warren says that he killed several men who followed him to Wyoming trying to claim that bounty. Mannix and Warren trade words about the treatment of blacks in the post-War South, almost coming to blows; Mannix ends the conversation and goes to sleep.

"Chapter Three: Minnie's Haberdashery"[edit]

The group arrive at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stopover for stagecoaches. They find it in the hands of Bob "The Mexican" (Bichir), who explains that the owner, Minnie, is visiting family for a week and has left him to look after the business. Warren is suspicious of Bob's explanation.

Ruth and Domergue go inside and meet the others staying at the haberdashery. Oswaldo "The Little Man" Mobray (Roth) introduces himself as the hangman of Red Rock. Ruth then speaks with Joe "The Cow Puncher" Gage (Madsen), a quiet cowboy who says he is on the way to see his mother for Christmas. Ruth is rebuffed when he tries to talk to Sanford "The Confederate" Smithers (Dern), an aging former Confederate General. Ruth, suspicious that at least one person present may be trying to ambush him and release Daisy, announces that he intends to deliver Daisy to Red Rock alive, and forcefully disarms all but Warren of their revolvers.

Warren brings Smithers food and sits down with him. Warren says that he knows what happened to Smithers's missing son Chester, and places a gun next to Smithers. Warren explains that Chester came to kill him for the reward money, but that he subdued Chester instead. Chester had pleaded for his life, mentioning his father. Warren claims that, angry at Smithers for having executed black Union soldiers at the Battle of Baton Rouge, he marched Chester naked through the snow for two hours, orally raped him, and then killed him. Smithers reaches for the gun Warren placed next to him, but Warren shoots him dead.

"Chapter Four: Domergue's Got a Secret"[edit]

A narrator (Tarantino) reveals that while everybody was distracted by Sanford's death, an unseen character slipped poison into the brewing coffee, which only Domergue witnessed. Ruth and O. B. drink the coffee, and Domergue smiles knowingly. Just as Mannix pours himself a cup of coffee, Ruth violently vomits blood on the table. O. B. also vomits blood, and collapses. Ruth warns Mannix of the poison in the coffee. A dying Ruth tries to kill Domergue, but she shoots him dead with his own gun.

With Ruth and O. B. dead, Warren and Mannix force the rest of the lodgers against the wall at gunpoint, and leave Domergue cuffed to Ruth's corpse. Citing various pieces of evidence, Warren deduces that Bob has been lying, due to Minnie hating Mexicans, and that Minnie and her employees are dead. He summarily executes Bob, only to be shot in the groin by a previously unseen figure hiding under the floorboards. Mobray draws a concealed gun and shoots Mannix, who returns fire and then forces Joe back against the wall.

"Chapter Five: The Four Passengers"[edit]

Earlier that morning, a stagecoach arrives at Minnie's Haberdashery containing the four passengers: Bob, Mobray, and Gage, along with a fourth man, Jody (Channing Tatum). The four make small talk for several minutes with Minnie (Dana Gourier), her employees, their stagecoach drivers, and the stopover's one guest, Smithers. They then violently massacre all but Smithers. Bob, speaking in Spanish, suggests that they keep Sanford alive to create the illusion of a more lively setting. Jody explains to Sanford that they are preparing to ambush Ruth to rescue Jody's sister, Daisy, and that they will spare him if he agrees to keep quiet about their plan. Sanford agrees, and the bandits all prepare for Ruth to arrive by cleaning up, throwing the bodies down the well, and hiding guns around the lodge. As O. B.'s stagecoach pulls in, Jody goes to hide in the basement.

"Chapter Six: Black Man, White Hell"[edit]

Warren, in agonizing pain, is confined to a bed. He and a wounded Mannix hold Daisy Domergue, Gage, and a dying Mobray at gunpoint. Warren tells Mannix that his genitals are destroyed and that he thinks he will bleed to death. They flush Jody out of the basement by threatening to kill Daisy. Warren shoots Jody in the head. Daisy is distraught and scolds Mannix for working with a black man. She then attempts to strike a deal with him, explaining that Jody led a notorious gang and that 15 of his men are waiting in Red Rock, prepared to kill Mannix and sack the town. Mobray offers his own body as further incentive to Mannix, explaining that he is worth $15,000 dead or alive.

Warren shoots Domergue in the foot. Mobray tries to convince Mannix again that, if he kills Warren, they will forgive him for what he has done. Warren shoots Hicox in the leg. Gage draws a revolver from under a table, but is shot dead by Mannix and Warren. Warren tries to shoot Domergue, but his gun is out of bullets. Warren asks Mannix for his revolver. Mannix sits down and reviews the terms of Domergue's offer, before pronouncing "No Deal". When she threatens him, he explains that he does not believe her 15 men exist.

Mannix faints due to his wound. Daisy cuts Ruth's handcuffed arm off with a knife, freeing herself, and then grabs the gun Douglas dropped on the floor. Mannix suddenly wakes up and shoots Daisy, wounding her. Warren and Mannix then hang her from the rafters, to fulfill Ruth's final wish. The film concludes with Mannix reading aloud Warren's forged letter from Lincoln as the two lie dying.

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