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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Real Ending of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Character

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By Christian Avina

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most popular directors of our time. He's an amazing writer and has a distinct style that only he can execute to the highest level. Tarantino's 9th film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is nominated for a whopping 10 Academy Awards, the most out of any one of films. The most talked-about part of the Hollywood time capsule is the fantastic ending that left audiences with their jaws on the floor. Tarantino recently revealed what really happened after the events of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

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The Reimagining of A Horrific Tradegy

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The film takes place in 1969, the year of a terrible event that was heard around the world and it's what the narrative revolved around. Similar to another one of Tarantino's films, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood a dark historical wrong doing and brings justice to those who were responsible. The film follows Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) a once highly sawed after actor, and Cliff Booth (Pitt) Dalton's stunt double and best friend as they try and get Dalton back on track in his career.

The Manson Murders

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
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Sharon Tate, along with four others, were a part of the Manson Family murders in a home invasion. The murders of Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary at their house followed the next night. Tarantino, however, rewrote Tate’s ending, making Rick and Cliff the saviors of the Manson victims. The film ends with Cliff and Dalton fighting off the Manson family and bringing them to justice in Tarantino fashion.

After we see the duo take down the Manson members, we see Jay Sebring (Hirsch) try and figure out exactly what happened. After they talk about the events that occurred, Dalton gets invited to the Polanski house for a drink by Sharon Tate (Robbie), sparking up a new friendship.

The Events After the Film

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Tarantino spoke about the events after the film what happened to Rick Dalton with The Wrap

“The whole incident with the flamethrower and the hippies got a lot of play. No one quite knows what a big deal that was, but it was still a big deal. And it’s a big deal that he killed ‘em with the flamethrower, with the prop from one of his most popular movies. So he starts becoming in demand again.”

He continued, “I mean, not in demand like Michael Sarrazin at that time was in demand, but he’s got some publicity and now all of a sudden The 14 Fists of McCluskey is playing more on Channel 5 during Combat Week and stuff. And so he gets offered a couple of features — low-budget ones, but studio ones.”

Tarantino and the cast of 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'
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Tarantino continues on by saying after the events that Dalton takes over and becomes bigger than Manson was.

As opposed to doing Land of the Giants and Bingo Martin, now he’s the bad guy on Mission: Impossible, and it’s his episode…Oh, and he does a Vince Edwards show, Matt Lincoln. Or a Glenn Ford show, Cade’s County. And that’s a big deal, ’cause he did Hell-Fire Texas with Glenn Ford and they didn’t really get along,” he said.

“But now they bury the hatchet and they make a big deal about the two guys doing it together. And then he does a couple of Paul Wendkos’ TV movies…And you know, he’s doing OK.”

It's nice to hear one of Tarantino's films finishing off with a happy ending for those that deserved one. We'll see how the film performs at the Oscars this Sunday and now there is only one question left unanswered. Did Cliff Booth murder his wife?

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