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05th Jul 2024

One of the best Western movies of the 21st century is on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

The film won two Oscars.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Friday, 5 July) is Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Western film masterpiece.

Set two years before the US Civil War, Jamie Foxx stars as a slave named Django who finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers.

When their mission is successful, Schultz frees Django and together they begin hunting the South’s most-wanted criminals.

“Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django’s long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave,” the plot synopsis reads.

Very loosely inspired by Django – the 1966 classic spaghetti Western – Django Unchained’s ensemble cast also includes Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins.

And boasting Tarantino’s trademark blend of stylish direction, incredible dialogue and shocking moments of violence, it is no surprise the movie won two Oscars – Best Supporting Actor for Waltz and Best Original Screenplay for Tarantino.

Django Unchained is airing on TV tonight on Film4 at 9pm. It is also available to rent on Apple TV, Microsoft and Rakuten TV.

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Paul – E4 – 9pm

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg reunited for this comedy about two English comic book lovers and sci-fi enthusiasts traveling across the US who encounter an alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) outside Area 51.

Seven Ways from Sundown – TG4 – 9.30pm

Another Western, except this time from the ’60s and starring Audie Murphy and Barry Sullivan.

Bridget Jones’s Baby – RTÉ One – 9.35pm

The third in the rom-com series.

Den of Thieves – Virgin Media One – 10pm

Fans of the legendary crime classic Heat may enjoy this similar in plot and tone movie about a group of thieves and the cop (Gerard Butler) hell-bent on taking them down.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality – Sky Showcase – 10pm

A sports doc chronicling the early years of the Scuderia Ferrari racing team.

Legally Blonde – RTÉ2 – 10.35pm

The classic Reese Witherspoon rom-com.

Bloodline – Legend – 11pm

A cast against type Seann William Scott (American Pie) headlines this horror thriller as a vigilante serial killer.

Saturday Night Fever – RTÉ One – 11.55pm

John Travolta stars in this much-loved drama about a young man who tries to escape his problems by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

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