Netflix Original: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Preview

Coming 16th of November is the latest film by the Coen Brothers. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is only a month away from release so here’s our preview!

The film recently premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on the 31st of August. Written and directed by the Coen Brothers, this is the 20th film they’ve directed and this is their first film set in the “Wild West.”


What is the Plot?

There are six chapters, each presenting a different story from the wild frontier. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the story of a sharp-shooting songster.

In Near Algodones, a wannabe bank robber gets his due and then some.

Meal Ticket is a gothic tale about two weary traveling performers.

All Gold Canyon is a story about a prospector mining for gold.

A woman finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train journey across the prairies in The Gal Who Got Rattled.

Finally, ghostly laughs haunt The Mortal Remains as a woman rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride.


Who is in the cast?

As the film is split into 6 chapters, we thought it’d be easier to split the main cast into 6 equal parts as well:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
Buster ScruggsTim Blake NelsonMinority Report, Holes, O’Brother Where Art Thou
The KidWillie WatsonBradman, Big Easy Express
Frenchman in SaloonDavid KrumholtzSausage Party, 10 Things I Hate About You,
Near Algodones
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
CowboyJames FrancoSpiderman Trilogy, This is the End, The Disaster Artist
?Stephen RootGet Out, Dodgeball, Office Space
The Man in BlackRalph InesonHarry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Witch
Meal Ticket
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
ImpresarioLiam NeesonStar Wars, Taken, Schindlers List
Harry MellingHarrisonHarry Potter
The Gal Who Got Rattled
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
Alice LongabaughZoe KazanThe Big Sick, Ruby Sparks, In Your Eyes
Billy KnappBill HeckThe Alienist, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Pit Stop
Mr. ArthurGrainger HinesLincoln, The Knick, Hell on Wheels
Another ManJackamoe BuzzellHell or High Water, Better Call Saul, A Million Ways to Die in the West
 All Gold Canyon
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
The ProspectorTom WaitsSeven Psychopaths, Down by Law, Short Cuts
The Mortal Remains
CharacterActor / ActressWhere have I seen them before?
The LadyTyne DalySpiderman: Homecoming, The Enforcer, Cagney & Lacey
The IrishmanBrendan GleesonHarry Potter, The Guard, Calvary
The EnglishmanJonjo O’NeilDefiance, Constantine, Oasis
The FrenchmanSaul RubenikAgainst All Odds, Wall Street, Unforgiven
The TrapperChelcie RossBasic Instinct, Hoosiers, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

The Trailer


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Jacob Robinson

Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and specialises in anime on Netflix. He's producing most of the previews of the upcoming shows and movies coming to Netflix. Resides in Norwich in the UK.