The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  • Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writer: Joel Coen,Ethan Coen,Jack London
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English, French
  • Release date: November 9, 2018
  • Runtime: 2h 13min
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Near Algodones
  • "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a western film co-directed by the Coen brothers ( Joel Coen , Ethan Coen ) , starring Tim Blake Nelson , James Franco , Liam Neeson , Tom Waits, etc. It was held in Venice International Film on August 31, 2018 The main competition unit of the festival premiered and was launched on the NetFlix network platform on November 16, 2018.
    The film is composed of 6 independent short stories, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", "Near Algodones", "Meal Ticket", "Golden Valley", "Frightened Woman" and "Remains". Happy or sad, unusual story   .
    On September 8, 2018, the film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 75th Venice International Film Festival  .


    • Release date November 9, 2018
    • Filming locations Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA
    • Production companies Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions

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    • By Raleigh 2022-04-23 07:02:00

      A classic of the Western absurdity, but I want to say something else

      After reading the Ballad of Buster Scruggs, I suddenly understood the drawbacks of "secondary absorption". At first, I swiped the commentary of the first story on Douyin, which is the name of the movie. I thought the content was very novel, thinking it was an anti-routine style, and then read the whole article. The final realization is that the anti-routines in Buster Scruggs' ballads are not anti-routines for anti-routines' sake, but do convey some ideas, mostly about the...

    • By Ulises 2022-04-23 07:02:00

      The Ballad of Busters - A Wonderful Ballad

      At the beginning, a beautiful light music entered the ear, which was very nice. The whole film is divided into six short stories. In the Badlands of the West, an outlaw in a white coat and hat rides a white horse, plays the guitar and sings. When he got to the first tavern, he shot six big men in the tavern for a glass of whisky. In the second tavern, he killed Old Joe for playing cards, and then ran over without pressure in a duel with Old Joe's younger brother. At this time, there appeared...

    • By Jaylen 2022-04-23 07:02:00

      Death is so sudden and natural

      I like this kind of movie very much. In my opinion, there is no artificial "deep meaning", but it just tells a good story. And these stories, perhaps compared with ordinary movie stories, do not have so many ups and downs, but they are plain and natural, and they seem so real. Like death in every story, it comes so suddenly and so naturally when you think about it.

      The gunman in the first story played the game of killing or being killed. Although it was very...

    • By Anais 2022-04-23 07:02:00

      life model play

      In my opinion:

      Story 1. When we were young and frivolous, we always thought that we were invincible in the world. After leaving our hometown, we discovered that there was someone outside, and finally accepted mediocrity in unwillingness. (Gunman)

      Story 2. After becoming an adult, I always feel that I am still young and still have a lot of opportunities. Who knows, I have already missed the last chance of my destiny. (robber)

      Story 3. When people reach middle age, they can't...

    • By Allan 2022-04-23 07:02:00

      Four and a half stars

      Six short stories: full of human thinking, there is no right or wrong, bad people do not necessarily face punishment, good people do not necessarily live long. In real life, I often face this kind of thing, and sometimes the retribution is unhappy, and sometimes the sky has no eyes.

      This movie is most commendable for not forcing the main theme as usual. Through accidents, people's choices in various situations determine the direction of events. Some of them...

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    • By Carter 2023-09-25 11:29:29

      Six stories with western background, seemingly unconnected, but all express impermanence, impermanence,...

    • By Letitia 2023-09-08 05:46:15

      A small collection of once-in-a-lifetime events in the West, a bit like "Wild Tales" a few years ago. The 4th and 5th stories deal with the pros and cons of playing dead, extra star for the aesthetics and...

    • By Koby 2023-09-06 19:20:08

      Nice to see! The development of the plot is always unexpected, and the craftsmanship of the veteran filmmakers showed their strength in the year without surprises in...

    • By Leonel 2023-08-29 15:33:23

      D / The boring thing is not that only the 5th paragraph is good, but that although only the 5th paragraph is good, the other 5 are also...

    • By Einar 2023-08-20 21:02:12

      It's as enjoyable as watching six Cohen films; I really want to rashly use "strong literary" to describe this film, with the temperament of Salinger's "Nine Stories"; the shots are typically full of emotions, sometimes gloomy like an eventful autumn, Low saturation and high gray, sometimes as bright as a spring full of gardens, high saturation and high brightness, color matching is the most experimental among all works, catering to its retro style; I watched "No Country for Old Men" and...

    Movie plot

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    Buster Scruggs is a cowboy, wearing gleaming spurs and brand new white breeches. He likes to sing, and he has excellent marksmanship that is unmatched. He claims to be the fastest gunner in the duel in the West. He also made this into a ballad, playing guitar and singing every day, he killed all the way with an invincible attitude, sang all the way, but eventually met a well-matched opponent.
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    Creative background

    The director Coen brothers really liked the collection of films from the 1960s and 1970s, such as "Three Beauty in Spring". Although there is no market for short films now, few people make this kind of film again, but the Coen brothers hope to revive this genre. The film was originally planned to be made into a six-episode miniseries and broadcast on NetFlix, but the director Coen brothers always wanted the film to appear on the big...
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    Early publicity

    On August 31, 2018, the film director Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen, and starring Tim Blake Nelson, Bill Heck, and Harry Milling made their debut on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival. On September 13, the film party released a trailer for Chinese characters. On October 4th, directors Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen, and starring Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Rutter, Bill Heck, Zoe Kazan, and Tyne Delly attended the New York...
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    Evaluation action

    The film is an alternative tribute to the type of western film by the Coen brothers. The film consists of six stories of different lengths. The only connection between these stories is that they take place on the border of the United States in the Old West world, so they are not coherent, but each story has a Cohen-like taste. The beginning of the film can be regarded as the best story. This story is very interesting and contains some...
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    Movie quotes

    • Posse Leader (segment "Near Algodones"): Do you have anything to say before your sentence is carried out?

      Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones"): [wakes up on a horse with his hands tied behind his back and a noose around his neck] Sentence? What's my sentence?

      [Posse members chuckle]

    • Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon"): You measly skunk! You shot me in the back!

      [sobbing as he checks the wound]

      Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon"): It went clean through! He didn't hit nothing important! He didn't hit nothing *important*! Nothing important! Just guts is all you had!

    • Posse #1 (segment "Near Algodones"): [the Cowboy is about to get hanged] Can I have your horse?

      Posse #2 (segment "Near Algodones"): No, me.

      Posse Leader (segment "Near Algodones"): You wanna give one of these boys your horse? Save scrapping over it after you pass?

      Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones"): I don't want any of them to have it.

      Posse #1 (segment "Near Algodones"): You selfish bastard.