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The 'Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood' ending, explained

If you have not seen Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and want to have an unspoiled experience, stop reading this now. However, if, like us, you have seen the film and found yourself reeling with complicated feelings and questions about the ending of the movie, please continue.

To be very clear, there are major, extreme spoilers ahead.

Though "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" is made with a loving and exacting attention to period detail and the cultural ephemera of locations, movie posters, radio ads, cars, clothes and the like, Tarantino boldly turns history on its head. He disregards the truth of what happened to Sharon Tate to tell a different story.

In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, who was the star of a Western television series in the 1950s and early 1960s, but by the time of the movie in 1969 has seen his career diminish into a series of unfulfilling guest roles. Brad Pitt plays Cliff Booth, Rick's longtime stunt double, friend, driver and general aide-de-camp. Where Rick expresses anxiety about his career and position in Hollywood, Cliff has largely resigned himself to the fact that his best days are behind him.

Margot Robbie plays Tate, an actress with a promising career on the rise, wife of director Roman Polanski and Rick's next door neighbor on Cielo Drive. Lurking

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