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Country  United States
Director  Frank Coraci
Language  English
The Ridiculous Six movie poster
Release date  December 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Writer  Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

The Ridiculous Six is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. The film is a satire of westerns in general, and the classic 1970 western, The Magnificent Seven in particular. It stars Adam Sandler, Will Forte, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson, Nick Nolte, Rob Schneider and Jorge Garcia. The film will be released worldwide on Netflix on December 11, 2015.

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When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy "White Knife" Stockburn goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.

Production

On October 26, 2012, Paramount Pictures had acquired the film, with production scheduled to begin in April 2013. Adam Sandlers Happy Madison Productions signed a four picture deal with Netflix on October 1, 2014. On October 7, 2014, Warner Bros. dropped the film. By January 2015, Netflix picked up the film with others joining the cast including Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Vanilla Ice, and Luke Wilson. On February 16, 2015, Jorge Garcia joined the cast. Principal photography began on February 20, 2015, and ended on May 2, 2015.

On April 23, 2015, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that approximately a "dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six" in protest of its portrayal of the Apache culture. The New York Daily News later reported that there were only four who left, out of over 100 Native American actors on the set. Navajo Nation tribal members Loren Anthony and film student Allison Young said they left because they felt the film portrayed Indians in a negative light and took satire too far. They also complained that the portrayal of women was degrading. A representative of Netflix responded saying, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of—but in on—the joke."

On May 4, the New York Daily News reported that Ricky Lee, one of the Native American actors on the Ridiculous Six set said previous news reports were exaggerated and indeed there were only "four actors who left, but there were 150 extras, including grandmas and grandpas and children, who kept working." Apparently, before the films wrap party, he and several other actors were approached by Sandler to speak about the controversy. According to the actor, those who left raised legitimate issues but it was "the wrong battlefield."

Release

The film will premiere on Netflix on December 11, 2015.

References

The Ridiculous Six Wikipedia
The Ridiculous Six themoviedb.org The Ridiculous Six IMDb


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