R | | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
First western to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and the first to win an Award for Acting (and in the same category) since Unforgiven (1992). This movie, along with True Grit (2010), repeated a rare pattern, where twenty years earlier, two westerns (the other being Dances with Wolves (1990)) were nominated for Best Picture two years apart.
Who's that stumblin' around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged!
Calvin Candie compares a slave to a teddy bear, even though teddy bears were not invented until the time when Theodore Roosevelt was president, hence the name "teddy". Oddly enough, the film is set in 1858, that president's birth year.
An unusually specific American Humane Association disclaimer stating that no horses were harmed in the making of the film appears very early in the end credits.
The Chinese version was cut to not be as gory
English, German, French, Italian
$30,688,000 (USA) (30 December 2012)
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