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Jamie Foxx’s whip-scarred Django is saved from enslavement by Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter.

He soon proves his worth helping Waltz, who’s impressed and agrees to help Django free his wife (Kerry Washington) from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Mississippi plantation owner. But DiCaprio’s shrewd butler slave (Samuel L Jackson) becomes suspicious…

Director Quentin Tarantino’s film plays the violence for laughs, but it still shocks, and, despite a decidedly saggy middle section, this dazzles with its bold, devil-may-care approach and the brilliance of Waltz, Foxx, DiCaprio and Jackson.