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September 24th, 2015

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What’s that? You haven’t seen Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained? Before you give it a watch, how about a few interesting High Chaparral related tidbits?.

First, the High Chaparral  episode  The Doctor from Dodge  would appear to have had something of an influence on Django.  Check out the synopsis:
A dentist rescues Blue from Apaches and bandits. With no money to be made at the ranch, he decides to go after the bandits who have a $1000 bounty on them. When the bandits kidnap him and Blue, he tries to take advantage of it.

Outside of the revenge story at the center, a visual influence is quite specific if you take note of the images at the bottom of this article.  In “Doctor from Dodge” you’ll notice the dentist in the episode is driving a horse-drawn wagon with a giant tooth attached to it.  In the second photo you’ll see a giant tooth –  a distinct feature of the carriage Christoph Waltz is driving in Django Unchained.

Tarantino said about his film The Hateful Eight, ““It’s less inspired by one Western movie than byBonanza, The Virginian, High Chaparral,” so HC is definitely an influence.   It’s also  one of the television shows  checked by Kurt Russell‘s stuntman character in Tarantino’s Grindhouse segment, Death Proof.

Another tie is that of Cameron Mitchell, HC’s Buck Cannon,  who also starred in Sergio Corbucci‘sMinnesota Clay. Corbucci,  directed the original Django. Clay is one of Tarantino’s favorite Spaghetti Westerns and if you watch it  be on the lookout for similarities  to Django Unchained. 

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

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