Top 12 Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Ballad Of Buster Scruggs facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Ballad Of Buster Scruggs film message.

In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) the Prospecter says "How high can a bird count anyway?" a possible reference to the chicken from the previous short that could do math.
In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) the Prospecter says "How high can a bird count anyway?" a possible reference to the chicken from the previous short that could do math.
In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2019), the story telling actor wears a sash around his chest. This sash is actually tied to his chair so he can still bow at the end of his performance without falling out of his chair.
In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2019), the story telling actor wears a sash around his chest. This sash is actually tied to his chair so he can still bow at the end of his performance without falling out of his chair.

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Trivia

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  1. The hand of poker that both Buster and the previous man refuse to play is called the "Dead Man's Hand", a set of cards said to be held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered, making the hand unlucky.

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Surly Joe is credited as ?urly Joe in reference to a line in the song Buster sings about him.
    Surly Joe is credited as ?urly Joe in reference to a line in the song Buster sings about him.

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Hidden Details

Buster refuses play a poker hand with Aces and Eights because it is known as the dead man's hand since Wild Bill Hickok was shot holding that hand.

1 - The door of the hotel in "The Mortal Remains" has both the figue of an Angel and a Devil. This reinforces the theory that the three characters are on their way to the afterlife; the hotel represents purgatory.
The door of the hotel in "The Mortal Remains" has both the figue of an Angel and a Devil. This reinforces the theory that the three characters are on their way to the afterlife; the hotel represents purgatory.
1 - When the owner of the cantina is shot, the sunlight can be seen shining through the bullet hole in his torso
When the owner of the cantina is shot, the sunlight can be seen shining through the bullet hole in his torso
1 - Mr. Pocket sports a box of friendship brand matches.
Mr. Pocket sports a box of friendship brand matches.
1 - The prospector's pack mule is named Lucky. This is a reference to the absurdist play "Waiting for Godot". (explanation in comments)
The prospector's pack mule is named Lucky. This is a reference to the absurdist play "Waiting for Godot". (explanation in comments)
1 - Frank Griffin from Godless (2018) can be seen watching the limbless orator preform. Both from Netflix
Frank Griffin from Godless (2018) can be seen watching the limbless orator preform. Both from Netflix

An Indian in the scalping ambush during James Franco's segment is wearing a tophat. This may be a reference to Blood Meridian, where a Commanche is described as wearing one in a very similar ambush. Franco was in talks to direct a film adaptation of Blood Meridian.

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs poster
Ballad Of Buster Scruggs poster

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Plot

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Comedy, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Western
Director Ethan Coen
Production Netflix
Stars Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy
IMDB score 7.3