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 Pete 2023-03-23 08:23:58

      Love the fifth Zoe Kazan...

    • By Reagan 2023-01-30 13:58:45

      Coincidence? It's not! When I just read "Master Spring Lantern", I first came up with a name, then wrote two lines of poems, and then started the story. And it is also a collection of short stories, and it is also a very good story, some humorous, some cruel, some touching. The stories of the Coen brothers first made me feel the rules, and then when I thought they were all rules, they broke the rules. The story is full of their usual out-of-the-ordinary, but you feel plausible. And it is worth...

    • By Marianna 2022-12-15 17:37:46

      So clean, like a landscape painting on a porcelain...

    • 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...

    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"): Don't let my white duds and pleasant demeanor fool ya. I, too, have been known to violate the statutes of man... and not a few of the laws of the Almighty!

    • Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [singing] Surly Joe, the gambler, he will gamble nevermore, his days of stud and hold'em they are done. It was long about last April, he stepped into this saloon, but he never really took to anyone! Surly Joe, Surly Joe! Oh, wherever he's damned and now, I don't know! He was slick but I was slicker, he was quick, but I was quicker, and the table stopped his ticker, Surly Joe! Surly Joe, Surly Joe! Won't be missed by anyone, will Surly Joe! Humankind he frowned upon, but not now, his face is gone! Guess your frowning days are over, oh Surly Joe! Surly Joe, Surly Joe! A cedilla on the "c" of Curly Joe! He was mean in days of yore, now they're moppin up the floor oh Surly Joe! Surly Joe, Surly Joe! Where the rest his face has got to, we don't know! He was never any fun, now his grumpy race has run, kisser blown to kingdom come oh Surly Joe!

    • Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): [Buster blows off the fingers of the right hand of Curly Joe's brother, who screams and clumsily tries to draw with his left] Whoa! Looks like when they made this fella, they forgot to put in the quit. Five fingers at a bullet a piece...

      [turns to the camera, grinning]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): I ain't got but the one bullet left. Sure hope I don't miss!

      [turning his back to Curly Joe's brother, he points the gun backwards and studies his target on a hand mirror]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): Let me see here. His heart would be on the left, but in the mirror it'd be on the right... of course, we is both facing the same way and the gun is upside down, so... Yeah, best not play it too fancy.

      [he shoots and Curly Joe's brother collapses to the ground, dead]

      Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): Cause for reflection!