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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Harder They Fall’ on Netflix, a Spirited Neo-Western Starring a Fired-Up Jonathan Majors

Netflix movie The Harder They Fall is what you call a talentsplosion: Musician/filmmaker/Jay-Z associate Jeymes “The Bullitts” Samuel directs a Black Western starring Lovecraft Country breakout Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba and Regina King. It’s loosely a BOATS movie (Based On A True Story, of course y’know), plucking real-life outlaws from historical accounts and dropping them into a mashed-up fictional Old West revenge plot. Sounds like a can’t-miss formula for cinematic success, doesn’t it?
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‘The Harder They Fall’: 6 Books on Real-Life People Who Inspired the Movie

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. “The Harder They Fall,” the highly anticipated all-Black Western that debuted on Netflix November 3, is a fictionalized tale that features real-life Black pioneers of the Wild West. Watching the film will make you want to learn more about these trailblazing figures, so we did a little of the work for you. Below, find books about Nat Love, Stagecoach Mary, Rufus Buck, and others...
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The Harder They Fall review: Netflix's starry, bare-knuckled Black Western doesn't stint on style

A man, a horse, a gun: There are only so many ways the West can be won. That hasn't stopped Hollywood from taking its own revisionist cracks at the genre for decades now, and a movie like The Harder They Fall — an electric pulp Western co-produced by Jay Z and featuring a panoply of Black stars — can hardly be faulted for coming out with saddles (and a few other things) blazing. The result sometimes feels like a film made almost entirely of style and swagger, a body count with a killer soundtrack. But there's satisfaction in that kind of bloody, bare-knuckled storytelling too, and in the fresh legacy it spins from old-hat archetypes.
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What to watch on Wednesday: ‘The Harder They Fall’ on Netflix

Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. (Disney Plus) Lahela frets over potentially missing Walter’s birthday party; Benny and Clara explore their relationship. The Masked Singer (Fox at 8) The singers from Group B are back on the stage for a special Thanksgiving-themed episode. The Goldbergs (ABC at 8) Beverly encourages Principal Ball to make a senior night...

As a Black-Led Western, ‘The Harder They Fall’ Is Rare, but Don’t Call It an Alternative History

With a cast led by Black actors, including Idris Elba and Regina King, Jeymes Samuel’s upcoming film “The Harder They Fall” stands in stark contrast to the white-dominated world of classic Westerns. But the way Samuel sees it, his vision is more rooted in truth than John Wayne’s version of the Old West. “Black people in period pieces — we’re not subservient. ‘The Harder They Fall’ is not an alternative viewpoint of the West. It’s actually a realistic viewpoint of the West,” Samuel said during a recent Q&A in support of the Netflix film. “What Hollywood was feeding us for all...
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‘The Harder They Fall’ Review: A Vicious And Unapologetic Action Western

When thinking of Western genre icons, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood often come to mind. It wasn’t until Mario Van Peebles’ 1993 film Posse was released and the first of its kind to truly go mainstream that Black Western fans got the idea that they could exist in the Wild West as heroes. Director Jeymes Samuel and producer Jay-Z are building upon this legacy with their film The Harder They Fall, debuting theatrically on  October 22 and streaming on Netflix beginning November 3. Notorious outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) is a robber of robbers and a killer of killers. He killed every last one...
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‘The Harder They Fall’ Film Review: Star-Studded Black Western Isn’t Always Fully Loaded

Westerns have for so long echoed each other in their physical details, story points, and mythic images that these signposts have become canonized as pleasurable truths, historical authenticity be damned. British musician-turned-filmmaker Jeymes Samuels adores those tropes, too, but with his splashy feature debut “The Harder They Fall,” he’s on a mission to correct the starkest element of the genre’s echo chamber — its abiding whiteness.

How First-Time Feature Filmmaker Jeymes Samuel Is Reinventing the Western With ‘The Harder They Fall’

After spending more than a decade teasing out a story of real-life Black cowboys, Jeymes Samuel was finally on location in Santa Fe, N.M., gearing up to shoot his feature directorial debut, the high-octane Western “The Harder They Fall.” His dream project was about to become a reality. To help him realize his vision, he’d assembled an all-star cast headlined by Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors and Regina King, fresh off her supporting actress Oscar win for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Netflix had put up $90 million to fund Samuel’s radical reimagining of what he calls the New West, an epic...
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'The Harder They Fall' Soundtrack Is Here

The album includes new music from JAY Z, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kid Cudi, Jadakiss, CeeLo Green, Seal, Conway the Machine, Koffee and more. Jeymes Samuel, the writer and director of highly anticipated The Harder They Fall, also produced the score for the film. Today, in collaboration with Netflix, Roc Nation announced the release of the soundtrack for the movie, which includes new music from JAY Z, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kid Cudi, Jadakiss, CeeLo Green, Seal, Conway the Machine, Koffee and more.
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How Regina King Developed Treacherous Trudy Smith’s ‘New West’ Accent for ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King never expected to be in a Western – in fact, the Oscar winner didn’t even like the genre before taking the pitch from first-time feature filmmaker Jeymes Samuel. “I sat down and had a FaceTime with him, and by the time we got off that FaceTime, I was like, ‘Man could probably have talked me into doing anything,’” King tells Variety with a laugh. “He had such a clear vision. He knew exactly the music that he wanted,” she adds, recounting how the filmmaker broke out his guitar during the virtual meeting to give her a taste of the Caribbean...
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‘The Harder They Fall’ review: blood-spattered Black western gives it both barrels

Jeymes Samuel’s boundlessly energetic, blood-spattered debut opens with the words: “These. People. Existed.” Not because it’s a biopic. Those insistent full-stops are making a point about the western as a genre, which has almost entirely ignored Black people for over 100 years. In the 1800s, an estimated one in four cowboys was Black, but in movies they’re mostly square-jawed white men. Samuel’s cast is almost entirely Black. Some square-jawed, some not.
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