Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a movie featuring big stars like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. The movie premiered on 21 May 2019 in Cannes. Created within a budget of 90 million USD, the movie earned about 374.6 million USD in the Box Office. Quentin Tarantino has created many blockbusters before. Like his other movies, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was a remarkable cinema. Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is based on actual events but twisted a little for entertainment. Clearly, this comedy-drama received many positive reviews from its audience. Even on a personal note, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood left quite an impression on me. The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ending was filled with more chaos and a grand climax that was very satisfactory.
Along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, the movie also stars several brilliant stars like Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. In 2021, a novel based on the movie was also published, which was also the debut novel of Quentin Tarantino. The movie received ten Oscar nominations. Even before its release, it had raised a certain amount of hype among fans of Tarantino as well as the massive cast.
The ending of this movie was especially well done. Here is the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ending explained as we appreciate the brilliant movie. However, we do warn that there will be huge spoilers ahead.
The film is set in 1969 in Los Angeles. We come across Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a fading actor in Hollywood, and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They struggle to come back to the limelight. Adding to the mainframe of the movie is Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), Rick’s neighbor and an actress who resides with her husband Roman Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha), a director.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood follows the events of the Tate–LaBianca murders, with its own touch of fiction at parts. The movie is extremely well delivered, with many great parts to look forward to. Although unreal, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ends with a happier note, much unlike the real tragedy. However, the movie does involve many real-life characters that were a part of the Tate-LaBianca murder. Tarantino’s creation is no less of an exotic piece of art that needs to be appreciated every once in a while.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Ending Explained
The ending begins with Rick and Cliff returning home from Italy. The two pick up Brandy, Cliff’s dog, and put Francesca to bed. After doing so, the two move to Casa Vega, a Mexican Restaurant, making sure they are at some distance away from Sharon. Being their last night together, the two celebrate by drinking heavily. Once they are drunk, the two head towards Rick’s house on Cielo Drive in a taxi. Sharon returns home at around 10 o’clock after dinner. Her guests stay over for a while. They listen to Abigail playing the piano and sing together. A little later, Rick and Cliff reach home.
Rick wants to keep drinking and starts to make some margaritas. Cliff takes his dog, Brandy, for a walk. He finds the cigarette drenched in drugs and decides to take a puff.
The Manson Family
Things start heading for the worse when Cliff starts moving away from the house with Brandy. At the same moment, Tex, Sadie, Katie, and Flowerchild pass him by. These are members of the Manson Family who have been given orders to take over Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate’s house and kill anyone in it. The four reach the residence and decide to put their plan in action, only to be interrupted by Rick’s rage fit once he hears their car outside. He screams at them to leave the neighborhood. This leads them to park the car downhill, at the base of Cielo Drive. They decide to change their plan due to the sudden disruption.
Katie recognizes Rick from his role in Bounty Role. The Manson Family members strike a new plan to kill stars of Hollywood who teach and portray violence. Thus, they target Rick and head towards his house, this time on foot. Their new goals are clear, but they are again disrupted when Flowerchild abandons them and steals the car.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Ending: The Big Climax
At the same time, Cliff has been intensely high from the acid-drenched cigarette he smoked. He reaches home with Brandy before the killers. During this time, Rick is back in his house, relaxing in his pool and feeding Brandy some dog food. The killers burst inside his house, and Cliff is bamboozled, unable to grasp the intensity of the situation, thanks to his stoned head. Katie brings Francesca to the living room. Things do not look so good.
A few minutes later, chaos strikes hard in the movie. Mansion Family member Tex is ready to shoot Cliff. However, Cliff hints Brandy to attack Tex, and he does. The dog bites him in multiple areas, the arms first, followed by the leg, and finally, the crotch. Cliff, Brandy, and Francesca fight the killers with everything they have. Tex and Katie die, and Sadie survives somehow, but she is still quite injured with dog bites.
As she runs, she fires a bullet from Tex’s gun, and Cliff passes out. Unaware of where she was heading, she ended up in the pool where Rick was relaxing and had no idea about the hell that was loose in the living room so far. Startled with her sudden arrival, Rick takes an amusing path to deal with the situation. He burns her with the flamethrower he had received from the sets of The 14 Fists of McCluskey. Sadie dies too.
Cliff is taken to the hospital once the authorities arrive at the scene of a crime. Rick is alone in the driveway. Jay Serbing comes from Sharon’s house and asks him what had happened. Sharon checks on her house too through the intercom. She is relieved when she knows that things are fine. The movie’s curtain falls with Rick finally getting invited to Sharon’s house.
The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ending is rather happy and definitely very funny, contrary to the dark reality of Sharon Tate’s death. Even with the differences of an alternate reality, the movie is very well-written and deserves every last bit of praise it gets. Turning a massive tragedy into an optimistic end did not go wrong for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.