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Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

3h 26m
strong violence, injury detail, racism
Based on a true story, Martin Scorsese has returned to the 1920s to tell the original American crime story of the Osage Native American Tribe Murders in this western crime drama, told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone). At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Only years down the line, when an agent from the fledgling FBI shows up, does justice have a glimmer of cutting through.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Tatanka Means, William Belleau, Scott Shepherd (II), Louis Cancelmi
Director(s): Martin Scorsese

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After making waves with his early films in the 60s, Martin Scorsese exploded onto the world stage with Mean Streets, introducing audiences to a magnetic new performer named Robert De Niro. You might have heard of him?

The Italo-Irish New Yorker, who won an Oscar a year later for The Godfather Part II, throughout the next two decades would become known as Scorsese’s muse, collaborating on a further six films, with 1995’s Casino the cap of this run.

It was around this time, in the mid 90s, that De Niro informed his director of a talented newcomer whom he had the fortune of working with, one that he expected great things from. The film set they met on was that of This Boy's Life, and the rising star was a baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio.

Beginning with 2002’s Gangs of New York, Leonardo DiCaprio would step up as Scorsese’s latest collaborator, starring in 5 films for the auteur over a span of just over 10 years.

Surprisingly, 2019’s The Irishman would become the first film in nearly 25 years that Scorsese and De Niro would ignite their relationship once again, before leading to Killers of the Flower Moon, the first feature film to bring Scorsese’s two muses together under his direction, and 30 years since De Niro and DiCaprio starred in This Boy’s Life together.

In line with his interest for bloody American stories about power and greed, Scorsese bases Killers of the Flower Moon on a true-crime book by David Grann on the series of murders of Osage Native Americans, committed by white, faux-respectable Americans intent on acquiring their oil wealth. The director's boldest change to Grann’s narrative is to dispense with the mystery of who in the community is responsible. While no one is completely innocent, two men are certainly in the eye of the storm: Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated for the role of the FBI agent played by Jesse Plemons.

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