In post-Civil War Wyoming, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is escorting fugitive Daisy “The Prisoner” Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock where the latter will face justice for murder. They encounter another bounty hunter named Major Marquis “The Bounty Hunter” Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris “The Sheriff” Mannix (Walton Goggins).
A blizzard forces the four to take shelter at a stagecoach passover called Minnie’s Haberdashery where they encounter four more strangers; Bob “The Mexican” (Bichir), Oswaldo “The Little Man” Mobray (Roth), Joe “The Cow Puncher” Cage (Madsen), and General Sanford “Sandy” Smither (Dern), also known as “The Confederate”. Through betrayal and deception, the eight strangers soon learn that they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
The Hateful Eight (stylized as The H8ful Eight or The Hateful 8) is an upcoming American western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. The film is set some years after the Civil War in Wyoming, and it revolves around eight westerners who seek refuge in a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass during a blizzard.
About the Story
“Chapter One: Last Stage to Red Rock”
Years after the Civil War, bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren is transporting three dead bounties to the town of Red Rock, and hitches a ride on a stagecoach driven by a man named O.B. Inside is bounty hunter John Ruth, known for bringing in outlaws alive to see them hang. Ruth is handcuffed to fugitive Daisy Domergue, whom he is escorting to Red Rock, and is suspicious of anyone who might steal her substantial bounty. The two hunters bond over Warren’s personal letter from Abraham Lincoln.
“Chapter Two: Son of a Gun”
Former Lost-Causer militiaman Chris Mannix, who claims he is travelling to Red Rock to be the town’s new sheriff, persuades Ruth and Warren to let him on the stagecoach. Warren and Ruth form an alliance to protect each other’s bounties. Mannix and Warren almost come to blows over their controversial war records.
“Chapter Three: Minnie’s Haberdashery”
The group is forced to seek refuge from a powerful blizzard at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. They are greeted by Bob, a Mexican who says owner Minnie is visiting her mother and left him in charge. The other lodgers are Oswaldo Mobray, the Red Rock hangman; Joe Gage, a quiet cowboy travelling to visit his mother; and Sanford Smithers, a former Confederate general. Suspicious, Ruth disarms all but Warren.
As the group eats, Mannix surmises that Warren’s Lincoln letter is a forgery. Warren admits this, saying the letter buys him leeway with whites, outraging Ruth. Warren leaves a gun next to Smithers and provokes him into reaching for it by telling him he ostensibly tortured, humiliated and killed Smithers’ son. Warren shoots him first in lawful self-defense, in revenge for Smithers executing black soldiers at the Battle of Baton Rouge.
“Chapter Four: Domergue’s Got a Secret”
While everyone is distracted by the confrontation, someone seen only by Domergue poisons the brewing coffee. Ruth and O.B. drink it, vomit blood and collapse. The dying Ruth attacks Domergue, but she kills him with his own gun. Warren disarms Domergue, holds the men at gunpoint and leaves Domergue cuffed to Ruth’s corpse. He is joined by Mannix, whom Warren trusts because he nearly drank the poisoned coffee.
Warren deduces Bob is an impostor who killed the original lodge owners and executes him. However, Bob had an alibi for the poisoning as he was playing the piano. When Warren threatens to execute Domergue too, Gage admits he is the poisoner. A man hiding in the cellar shoots Warren in the groin. Mobray draws a concealed gun and shoots Mannix, who returns fire, wounding Mobray and forcing Gage against the wall.
“Chapter Five: The Four Passengers”
Earlier that day, Bob, Mobray, Gage, and a fourth man, Jody, arrive at Minnie’s Haberdashery and kill everyone but Smithers. Jody tells Smithers they plan to ambush Ruth to rescue Domergue, Jody’s sister; his gang will spare Smithers if he keeps quiet, as an extra lodger will make the setup more believable. The bandits dispose of the bodies, hide the evidence, and conceal guns around the lodge. As Ruth’s stagecoach arrives, Jody hides in the cellar.
“Last Chapter: Black Man, White Hell”
Mannix and Warren, both seriously wounded, hold Domergue, Gage, and the dying Mobray at gunpoint. They flush Jody out by threatening to kill Domergue, and then Warren kills him. Domergue claims 15 more of her brother’s men are waiting in Red Rock to kill Mannix and ransack the town; if Mannix kills Warren and allows her to escape, the gang will spare him and let him claim the bounties of the deceased.
As Domergue and Mobray taunt Warren, he shoots Domergue in the foot, then Mobray in the leg; Mobray dies from his wounds. Gage draws a hidden revolver but is shot dead by Mannix and Warren. Warren tries to shoot Domergue but is out of bullets. Mannix calls Domergue’s bluff and rejects her alliance, but faints from blood loss. Domergue hacks off Ruth’s handcuffed arm and frees herself. As she reaches for Mannix’s gun, he regains consciousness and wounds her. Warren persuades Mannix to hang her from the rafters in honor of Ruth. Afterward, as the two lie dying, Mannix reads aloud Warren’s Lincoln letter while they wait to die together.
The Hateful Eight
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, Dana Gourrier, Michael Madsen
Screenplay by: Quentin Tarantino
Production Design by: Yohei Taneda
Cinematography by: Robert Richardson
Film Editing by: Fred Raskin
Costume Design by: Courtney Hoffman
Set Decoration by: Rosemary Brandenburg
Music by: Ennio Morricone
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: December 25, 2015