R | | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.
In the "Meal Ticket" segment, a chicken with "no formal education" performs amazing mathematical calculations. Later, in the "All Gold Canyon" segment, the prospector returns all but one egg to a nest and asks "How high can a bird count anyway?"
Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"):
A song never fails to ease my mind out here in the West, where the distances are great and the scenery monotonous. Additionally, my pleasing baritone seems to inspirit ol' Dan here and keep him in good heart during the day's measure of hoof clops. ...
When the book "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is first opened, the copyright date is shown as 1871, so none of its stories could have happened later than that year. This makes it difficult to understand why Buster would refuse to play the poker hand left behind by the player who dropped out--two pair, aces and eights, is not that bad a hand. Of course, it's also the notorious "dead man's hand" held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was fatally shot--but there's no way Buster could have known that. Wild Bill died in 1876--five years (at least) after Buster picked up the cards.