Written by Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth, Scorsese’s latest is based on the 2017 book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by author David Grann.
As the novel’s title suggests, the story follows a series of grisly murders among a Midwestern Native American tribe in Oklahoma after oil was discovered on their land in the 1920s.
Bringing his story to life is an all-star cast boasting the likes of Robert DeNiro, Jesse Plemons and Brendan Fraser with long-time Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio leading the way. The film marks the star’s seventh collaboration with the Raging Bull filmmaker and their first since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street a decade ago.
Here’s everything you need to know about Killers of the Flower Moon, including its cast, plot.
How to watch Killers of the Flower Moon
Martin Scorsese’s new film, Killers of the Flower Moon, is out now in UK cinemas and IMAX, following its release on Friday, 20 October. A streaming release on Apple TV+ is expected to follow.
The thriller has an epic runtime of three hours and 26 minutes, making it Scorsese’s second-longest film, after 2019’s The Irishman.
Killers of the Flower Moon reviews
Killers of the Flower Moon has received widespread acclaim from critics, earning the film a 92% score on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Our own critique praised the filmmaker's ability to create both a "heartfelt and brutal story", adding that "Scorsese has put together a remarkable American epic that is thought-provoking and powerful."
The Independent enjoyed it too, calling the film a "masterpiece" and describing its overall vibe as "quietly apocalyptic." Meanwhile, The Guardian labelled it an "instant classic" while The Telegraph suggested that Scorsese has given DiCaprio his best role yet - no small feat considering the star's storied back catalogue.
Read our full list of reviews below:
Yahoo Movies UK: Martin Scorsese delivers a brutal yet essential film (4-min read)
The Independent: Martin Scorsese’s tale of indigenous slaughter is a masterpiece (3-min read)
The Guardian: Scorsese’s magnificent period epic is an instant American classic (3-min read)
The Telegraph: Scorsese masterpiece gives DiCaprio his best role yet (4-min read)
Killers of the Flower Moon trailer
"Can you find the wolves in this picture?" After spending what felt like an eternity in production secrecy, the first teaser trailer for Killers of the Flower Moon dropped in mid-May, giving us our first glimpse at Scorcese's latest.
As a steady beat hits home the tension between white settlers and members of the Osage, which rises to unknown heights and leads to blood being spilled. Watch it above.
A new, more action-packed trailer was released by Apple in July 2023. Watch it below.
Killers of the Flower Moon cast
Scorsese isn’t pulling any punches with his latest cast list, with Killers of the Flower Moon featuring a wide array of starry names on its call sheet.
Leading the way is DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart, the man responsible — and later convicted for — conspiring to murder many of the Osage community members.
He’ll be joined by Robert De Niro as William Hale, a cattleman and fellow convicted murderer, and Jesse Plemons as Tom White, the man responsible for cracking the case.
Rounding out the film’s cast is Lily Gladstone as Burkhart’s suspicious wife Mollie, Brendan Fraser as lawyer W.S. Hamilton and John Lithgow as Prosecutor Leaward.
Canadian actor Tantoo Cardinal also stars alongside a trio of musicians including Jack White, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell.
Killers of the Flower Moon plot
As chronicled in author and journalist Grann’s book, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of a series of brutal killings among the Osage Native American tribe throughout the 1920s.
Taking place across a five-year period, members of this Oklahoma-based community were murdered after oil was discovered on their land. Entitled to profit shares under United States law, the Osage people were due to receive large sums of money before a plot was formed to kill them off one by one.
According to Grann’s book, at least 20 members of the Osage Nation were murdered, with the author suggesting that the actual number could span into the hundreds due to various other people's connections to these high-value oil profits.
Scorsese’s film also looks at the FBI’s role in investigating these murders and their link back to the bureau’s former director J. Edgar Hoover.
Killers of the Flower Moon is out in UK cinemas and IMAX now, with an Apple TV+ release to follow.