BUFF: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Jul 19, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

People 9.5/10
Metascore 88/100


A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.


Quentin Tarantino stated that the story consists of multiple parallel stories and will be the closest thing to his earlier film Pulp Fiction.

Tarantino described Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He considers himself one of the luckiest directors in the history of Hollywood for he was able to cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt at the same time.

Margot Robbie, who portrays Sharon Tate, wears some of Sharon Tate's real jewelry. Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, gave Robbie the jewelry to wear.

Cinematographer Robert Richardson has previously worked on three films starring actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The Aviator (2004), Shutter Island (2010), Django Unchained (2012). The former two were directed by Martin Scorsese, while the latter and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are films by Quentin Tarantino.

For Tarantino, the title of the film, has a fairy-tale aspect. On another level, since the film is not historical fact per se, the title is a memory piece.

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