This historical drama reunites Scorsese with his frequent collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, alongside an exceptional cast including Lily Gladstone and Jesse Plemons.
The screenplay, adapted by Eric Roth and Scorsese, is based on David Grann’s book of the same name, which delves into the dark tale of the Osage Murders—a series of killings targeting Native Americans due to their wealth and oil-rich lands.
The movie primarily revolves around the murders and the subsequent government investigation, but it also weaves in a captivating romance between the characters Ernest Burkhart (portrayed by DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (played by Gladstone).
Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, William Belleau, Louis Cancelmi, Tatanka Means, Michael Abbot Jr., Pat Healy, Scott Shepard, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson complete the talented ensemble.
Clocking in at three-and-a-half hours, the film’s lengthy running time is justified by an intensifying tragedy that maintains an unwavering grip on its audience. The Hollywood Reporter’s Cannes review aptly describes it as a sordid illustration of historical erasure, which finds unsettling echoes in today’s deeply divisive political landscape.
During the festival, Scorsese expressed how the values of the Osage people—love, respect, and a profound connection to the Earth—resonated with him, not as a political issue but as a profound way of living on this planet. This sentiment further fueled his passion for the project.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” is slated for a limited theatrical release, including screenings on IMAX screens, on October 6, followed by a wide release on October 20.
After its theatrical run, the film will be available for global streaming exclusively on Apple TV+. Paramount has taken charge of the theatrical distribution, ensuring that this highly anticipated cinematic masterpiece reaches audiences far and wide.