Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, and Visiona Romantica.


Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) who’s also his stunt double, is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 comedy-drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, and Visiona Romantica and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is an international co-production between the United States and the United Kingdom. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Butters, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, and Al Pacino. The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles where a fictional aging television actor and his stunt double and longtime friend navigate the changing Hollywood film industry. It features a large ensemble cast who star in "multiple story lines in a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.

Sony Pictures won the distribution rights, having met several of Tarantino's demands including final cut privilege. Pitt, DiCaprio, and Robbie, as well as several Tarantino regulars such as Zoë Bell and Kurt Russell, joined the cast between January and June 2018. Principal photography lasted from that June through November around Los Angeles. It is the last film to feature Luke Perry, who passed away in March 2019.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2019, was theatrically released in the United States on July 26, 2019, and is scheduled to be released on August 14, 2019, in the United Kingdom. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that critics had "an overall positive view" of the film, who called the film "Tarantino's love letter to '60s L.A." and praised its casting choices and setting, though some were "divided on its ending.

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo by Andrew Cooper - © 2018 CTMG, Inc.

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino. © Sony Pictures Entertainment

In February, 1969, Los Angeles, actor Rick Dalton, former star of 1950s Western television series Bounty Law, laments to his best friend and former stunt double, Cliff Booth, that his career is over. Booth, a war veteran who lives in a trailer with his pit bull, Brandy, drives Dalton around town and relies on him for work due to rumors that Booth killed his wife. Meanwhile, actress Sharon Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, have moved into the house next door to Dalton's. Dalton dreams of befriending the couple in order to restore his status. Later that night, Tate and others attend a party at the Playboy Mansion.

Emile Hirsch, Margot Robbie, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Rachel Redleaf in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019).

Booth fixes Dalton's TV antenna and reminisces on a sparring match he had on the set of The Green Hornet with Bruce Lee.Charles Manson stops by the home of Polanski and Tate looking for record producer Terry Melcher, who used to live there, but is turned away by Tate's friend Jay Sebring.

Later, while driving Dalton's car, Booth picks up a young hitchhiker named Pussycat, dropping her off at Spahn Movie Ranch, where Booth filmed Bounty Law. Pussycat tries to persuade Booth to stay, but he is suspicious of the large number of hippies squatting on the property, and suspects they are taking advantage of the owner, George Spahn. Booth insists on checking on Spahn despite Lynette Fromme's objections; Spahn dismisses Booth's fears. Returning to his car, Booth discovers that Steve Grogan has slashed his front tire; Booth brutally beats Grogan and forces him to change the tire. One of the Manson girls, Sundance, goes to fetch Tex Watson, but by the time Watson arrives on horseback Booth is driving away. Tate goes for a walk and decides to go to the theater to watch herself in The Wrecking Crew.

Meanwhile, Dalton lands the role of a villain in a new series called Lancer. He strikes up a conversation with his eight-year-old co-star, Trudi, a method actress. During one of his scenes, Dalton struggles with his dialogue due to his alcoholism. After having an emotional breakdown in his trailer, Dalton returns to the set and delivers a powerful performance that impresses the director, Sam Wanamaker and Trudi, bolstering Dalton's confidence. After watching Dalton's guest performance on an episode of The F.B.I., casting agent Marvin Schwarzs offers Dalton the opportunity to shoot a Spaghetti Western in Rome. Dalton, who considers Spaghetti Westerns to be the bottom of the entertainment totem pole, reluctantly agrees, bringing Booth with him for the six-month stint in Rome, where Dalton films several movies and gets married.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Dalton informs Booth he can no longer afford his services, and they agree to go their separate ways. They go out for drinks and return to Dalton's home, where Booth smokes an acid-laced cigarette and takes Brandy for a walk. Meanwhile, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel park outside in preparation to murder everyone in Tate's house. Dalton hears the car, comes out, and angrily orders them to leave. They drive off, but Atkins hatches a plan to return and kill Dalton. Kasabian deserts the group in their vehicle and the remaining three proceed with Atkins' plan. The three break into Dalton's house and confront Booth, who recognizes Watson from Spahn Ranch.

When Watson's gun malfunctions, Brandy attacks and along with Booth kills Krenwinkel and Watson and severely injures Atkins, who stumbles outside into the pool, alarming Dalton, who is in the pool with headphones on, oblivious to the mayhem inside. Dalton retrieves a flamethrower he'd kept from a film shoot and incinerates Atkins. Booth is taken to the hospital for injuries. Sebring engages Dalton in conversation and Tate, over the intercom, invites Dalton up to her house for drinks.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton

Photo by ANDREW COOPER - © Sony Pictures Entertainment

An actor who starred in the television Western series Bounty Law from 1958 to 1963, based on Wanted Dead or Alive (1958–1961). His attempt to transition to film failed and in 1969 he is struggling. Dalton's relationship with Cliff Booth is based on that of actor Burt Reynolds and his long time stunt double Hal Needham. Dalton is modeled on actors who started their career in Classical Hollywood, but faltered in the 1960s after their type of leading men went out of fashion.

Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

A war veteran and Rick's longtime stunt double and best friend. Tarantino and Pitt modeled Booth after Billy Jack, a character portrayed in four films by actor Tom Laughlin.

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate

A pregnant actress and next door neighbor of Dalton.

Robbie did not consult with Polanski in preparation for the role, but read his 1985 autobiography Roman by Polanski.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2019. It was released theatrically in the United States on July 26, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film was originally scheduled for release on August 9 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tate–LaBianca murders.

A teaser trailer was released on March 20, 2019, featuring 1960s music by The Mamas & the Papas ("Straight Shooter") and by Los Bravos("Bring a Little Lovin'"). The official trailer was released on May 21, 2019 and featured the songs "Good Thing" by Paul Revere & The Raiders, and "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" by Neil Diamond. All-in-all, the studio spent around $110 million marketing the film worldwide.

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino. Photo by ANDREW COOPER - © Sony Pictures Entertainment

Brad Pitt and Mike Moh by ANDREW COOPER

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Quentin Tarantino in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

Dakota Fanning in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler who plays Tex by © David Crotty. Styled by Browne Andrews

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2019

Star studded cast

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