The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western comedy-drama anthology film directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Official trailers

Netflix on Monday, November 05, 2018 released the trailer:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | Trailer #2 | Netflix.

Story intro

Buster Scruggs, a cheerful singing cowboy, arrives at an isolated cantina full of outlaws where he exchanges insults with another patron before effortlessly shooting everyone as they reach for their guns. He then heads to Frenchman's Gulch and enters a saloon, leaving his guns at the door to comply with its no firearms policy. He joins a game of poker that a player has suddenly left, but discovers the player vacated the seat after being dealt the infamous dead man's hand, which the other players insist Buster play now that he has seen the cards. When Buster refuses, a large menacing player named Joe stands and draws a concealed pistol. After failing to persuade Joe to end the confrontation, Buster repeatedly kicks a plank in the poker table, which tips Joe's gun hand so that his pistol points backwards and discharges into his face. Having shot himself three times, Joe falls dead. Buster breaks the barroom tension with a boisterous song about "Surly Joe," much to the patrons' delight. Joe's brother arrives in dismay and challenges Buster to a gunfight in the street. Buster gladly obliges and proceeds to shoot off each of the fingers of his right hand before finishing him off with the sixth shot delivered over-the-shoulder using a mirror. A young singing cowboy clad in black then rides into town and politely challenges Buster. Buster again happily obliges, but much to his surprise, the young man is an even faster draw and shoots him through his forehead. Buster examines the wound in disbelief before collapsing, admitting via voice-over that he should have foreseen that "you can't be top dog forever." The young man and Buster then sing a bittersweet duet as Buster's spirit rises from his body and floats towards heaven, complete with angel wings and a lyre, and expressing hope of a place above where people are better than they are on Earth.


Tim Blake Nelson
Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Willie Watson
The Kid (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
David Krumholtz
Frenchman (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
James Franco
Cowboy (segment "Near Algodones")
E.E. Bell
Piano Player (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tom Proctor
Cantina Bad Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tyne Daly
Lady (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Clancy Brown
Curly Joe (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Zoe Kazan
Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Liam Neeson
Impresario (segment "Meal Ticket")
Brendan Gleeson
Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Tom Waits
Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
Danny McCarthy
Curly Joe's Brother (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Thomas Wingate
Gun Check Man (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Tim DeZarn
Mean-Eyed Card Player (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Alejandro Patiño
Cantina Bartender (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as Alejandro Patino)
Clinton Roberts
Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as Clinton Robert)
Matthew Willig
Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Jesse Youngblood
Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
J.J. Dashnaw
Cantina Scum (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs") (as JJ Dashnaw)
Stephen Root
Teller (segment "Near Algodones")
Ralph Ineson
Posse Leader (segment "Near Algodones")
Mike Watson
Posse #1 (segment "Near Algodones")
Brian Brown
Posse #2 (segment "Near Algodones")
Ryan Brown
Posse #3 (segment "Near Algodones")
Richard Bucher
Posse #4 (segment "Near Algodones")
Jesse Luken
Drover (segment "Near Algodones")
Michael Cullen
Judge (segment "Near Algodones")
Austin Rising
Bailiff (segment "Near Algodones")
James 'Scotty' Augare
Comanche Chief (segment "Near Algodones")
Harry Melling
Artist (segment "Meal Ticket")
Jiji Hise
Bawd (segment "Meal Ticket")
Paul Rae
Chicken Impresario (segment "Meal Ticket")
Sam Dillon
Young Man (segment "All Gold Canyon")
Bill Heck
Billy Knapp (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Grainger Hines
Mr. Arthur (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Jefferson Mays
Gilbert Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Prudence Wright Holmes
Boarding House Landlady (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Eric Petersen
Boarder (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Doris Hargrave
Boarder #2 (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Jackamoe Buzzell
Boarder #3 (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Ethan Dubin
Matt (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Jordy Laucomer
Whipped Boy (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Thea Lux
His Mother (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Bret Hughson
His Father (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Rod Rondeaux
Sioux Chief (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled")
Raymond Kurshals
Puppet Dancer (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled") (as Ray Kurshals)
Jonjo O'Neill
Englishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Saul Rubinek
Frenchman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Chelcie Ross
Trapper (segment "The Mortal Remains")


The film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was scheduled to be released on August 31, 2018 (Venice), on November 9, 2018 (United States) and on November 16, 2018 (United States) by Netflix and Artificial Eye.

The duration of the film is 133 minutes.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

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IMDB: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Wikipedia: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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