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. 👍

Summary

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (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, Netflix
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")