The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

I’ll admit to being a sucker for anything with the Coens’ imprimatur on, and this was a deliciously quirky if somewhat oddly formatted piece. Can’t say that all 6 of the short stories really grabbed me, and in fact having established the format with the despatch of the titular Scruggs, I found myself wanting to know a lot more about him!  Liz gave this one a swerve, because he was the singular most annoying cowboy-figure I think cinema’s ever seen. Although I found it hard watching Liam Neeson in anything Western-styled without it making me think of him lying unconscious with a daisy up his arse from A Million Ways To Die In The West. 👍


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Friday 9th November, 2018)

Release Date: Friday 9th November, 2018
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Western
Runtime: 132 min
Original Title: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions
Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.

Cast The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Role: Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • James Franco
  • Role: Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones")
  • Zoe Kazan
  • Role: Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
  • Liam Neeson
  • Role: Impresario (segment "Meal Ticket")
  • Tom Waits
  • Role: Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
  • Tyne Daly
  • Role: Mrs. Betjeman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Role: Clarence (segment "The Mortal Remains")
  • Jonjo O'Neill
  • Role: Thigpen (segment "The Mortal Remains")
  • Saul Rubinek
  • Role: René (segment "The Mortal Remains")
  • Chelcie Ross
  • Role: Trapper (segment "The Mortal Remains")
  • Bill Heck
  • Role: Billy Knapp (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
  • Harry Melling
  • Role: Harrison (segment "Meal Ticket")
  • Willie Watson
  • Role: The Kid (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • E.E. Bell
  • Role: Saloon Piano Player (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • David Krumholtz
  • Role: Frenchman in Saloon (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Tom Proctor
  • Role: Cantina Bad Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Clancy Brown
  • Role: Curly Joe (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Stephen Root
  • Role: Teller (segment "Near Algodones")
  • Ralph Ineson
  • Role: The Man In Black (segment "Near Algodones")
  • Jesse Luken
  • Role: Drover (segment "Near Algodones")
  • Sam Dillon
  • Role: Young Man (segment "All Gold Canyon")
  • Grainger Hines
  • Role: Mr. Arthur (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
  • Jefferson Mays
  • Role: Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
  • Ethan Dubin
  • Role: Matt (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
  • Matthew Willig
  • Role: Hard Man #3 (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Paul Rae
  • Role: Impressario (segment "Meal Ticket")
  • Tim DeZarn
  • Role: Angry Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Martin Palmer
  • Role: Blubberer (segment "Near Algodones")
  • Danny McCarthy
  • Role: Ike (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Billy Lockwood
  • Role: Father (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled)
  • Jackamoe Buzzell
  • Role: Another Man (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled)
  • J. Nathan Simmons
  • Role: Gallows Watcher (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Katy Bodenhamer
  • Role: Milkmaid (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled)
  • Jiji Hise
  • Role: The Bawd (segment "Meal Ticket")
  • Austin Rising
  • Role: The Bailiff (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Stephen R. Estler
  • Role: Gambler (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
  • Grace LeSueur
  • Role: Pretty Girl at Gallows (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")