Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits, Willie Watson, David Krumholtz, Stephen Root, Ralph Ineson, Harry Melling
Western anthology written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. The story is told in six chapters which present a different story from the wild frontier. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the story of sharp-shooting songster, Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson). In Near Algodones, a wannabe bank robber (James Franco) gets his due and then some. Meal Ticket, is a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers (Liam Neeson and Harry Melling).
All Gold Canyon is a story about a prospector (Tom Waits) mining for gold, while a woman, Alice Longabaugh (Zoe Kazan), finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies in The Gal Who Got Rattled. Finally, ghostly laughs haunt The Mortal Remains as a Lady (Tyne Daly) rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride.
Englishman: People are so easily distracted, so I’m the distractor with a little story. People can’t get enough of them because, well, they connect the stories to themselves I suppose, and we all love hearing about ourselves. So long as the people in the stories are us, but not us.
Englishman: You know the story. There are two kinds of people.
Frenchman: Lucky and unlucky?
Irishman: Pale and frail.
Lady: Upright and sinning.
Englishman: No, dead or alive.
Trapper: What is your business?
Englishman: Well, I like to say that we’re…
Irishman: Harvesters of souls.
Mr. Arthur: Here’s a tale to tell.
Buster Scruggs: I’m Buster. Buster Scruggs.
Hard Man: Your shooting arm work?
[Buster does a little gun trick]
Buster Scruggs: It appears to do, yes.
[as the cowboy is about to be hanged]
The Man in Black: Do you have anything to say before sentence is carried out?
Cowboy: Say? What’s my sentence?
Buster Scruggs: Well, folks, things have a way of escalating out here in the West.
[points his weapon at Buster]
Buster Scruggs: I’d appreciate it if you’d deposit your weapon in the receptacle by the swinging doors.
Curly Joe: And if I don’t?
Artist: My name is Ozymandias, king of kings.
Billy Knapp: That man is a wonder.
Prospector: Well we’ll just have to see, won’t we?
[to the man next to him who’s about to be hanged also]
Cowboy: First time?
Mother: What are you doing, Israel?
Israel: Walking backwards.
Father: Don’t do that!
Israel: Why not?
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