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 Issac 2022-11-16 16:22:28

      quite like it! Very literary film, very strong short story flavor. Truffaut said that short stories are "the art of glances", so I think the Coen brothers' six "looks" are quite interesting, and I especially like the last one (probably because the last one is the smallest novel.. The one without arms and legs is also very fond of , I can't believe that the actor turned out to be Dali's cousin!! Dali!! In Harry Potter, he has a five-tiered chin and his buttocks will hang down on both sides of...

    • By Daniella 2022-11-11 15:29:37

      You know the protagonist of every story, every scene has appeared in your bedtime readings, every fable is so seductive and so sad. Just to tell you, and tell you again, the themes they are used to discussing: the unsolvable fate and the impermanence of human affairs. At the same time, no matter how easy and simple death is, the delicate beauty of the picture has never been dim and sad. What is gentle cruelty, and now it can be seen in the Coen...

    • By Dominic 2022-10-31 07:28:34

      "When you see the cards, you have to finish the deck of cards." When you come to the west, you will die everywhere, just like...

    • By Roslyn 2022-09-21 08:52:28

      The "meal ticket" is the most tragic. Although I had already guessed that he would be thrown into the river, the scene would not appear, but seeing the empty car also felt cold to the bone. Other stories are relatively light, and they all have predictable endings. The song in the first story is nice. In the end, I personally think "Savage Tales" is...

    • By Adelbert 2022-09-02 10:25:54

      Good-looking, Fu Lanlan is getting more and more...

    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

    • Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [checks his hat after being shot and finds a bullet entry hole on the front and a bloody exit hole on the back] Well... that ain't good.

    • Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [after gunning down everyone in the cantina Buster notices a survivor crawling on the floor] It appears the vitals of this lucky son-of-a-gun remain unpunctured. Sloppy shootin' on my part.

    • [first lines]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [atop his horse in bright white duds] 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. Ain't that right, Dan?

      [his horse neighs]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): Maybe some of y'all have heard of me. Buster Scruggs, known to some as the San Saba Songbird. I got other handles, nicknames, appellations, and cognomens. But this one here I don't consider to be even halfway earned.

      [unrolls his WANTED poster]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): "Misanthrope"? I don't hate my fellow man, even when he's tiresome and surly and tries to cheat at poker. I figure that's just a human material, and him that finds in it cause for anger and dismay is just a fool for expecting better. Ain't that right, Dan?

      [his horse neighs heartily]