‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Trailer: Coen Brothers Deliver a Western Anthology

Hot off its Best Screenplay award win at the Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the official trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The latest film from Joel Coen and Ethan Coen will have a limited theatrical run beginning on November 16, 2018. It’ll launch simultaneously on Netflix.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs reunites the Coen brothers with one of their O Brother, Where Art Thou? stars, Tim Blake Nelson. The cast also includes Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Liam Neeson, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root, and Willie Watson.

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote, produced and directed the Western. Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Robert Graf served as producers. The Coen brothers’ behind the scenes team included director of photography Bruno Delbonnel, production designer Jess Gonchor, set decorator Nancy Haigh, and costume designer Mary Zophres, with music by Carter Burwell.

Coming off its Venice Film Festival appearance, the Netflix film is sitting at a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman says the film’s “a pop fantasia that’s interested in the meaning of what a brutal place the Old West really was.” Time Magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek describes the Coen brothers film as “storybook lore, enjoyable in the way we always enjoy tall tales that have been handed down from one generation to the next. But it’s also laced with melancholy.”

The Plot:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trailer
Tim Blake Nelson stars in the Coen Brothers’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.’ (Photo Courtesy of Netflix)