Killers of the Flower Moon: Everything you need to know about Scorsese's new Apple TV Plus epic

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The time has come, Killers of the Flower Moon has arrived, and Martin Scorsese’s next Western crime drama is taking the cinema world by storm.

Released in cinemas on October 20 before appearing on Apple TV Plus, the epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio could very well lead to Apple’s next big haul at the Academy Awards.

Here is everything you should know about Killers of the Flower Moon before you sit down in the cinema or watch the movie at home on Apple TV Plus.

What is Killers of the Flower Moon about?

Killers of the Flower Moon is based on the best-selling book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grenn. The book, released in 2017, centers around a series of Native Americans in Oklahoma during the 1920s after the discovery of oil on Osage Nation land.

Like many of Scorsese’s classics, expect a cat-and-mouse chase as FBI agents try to bring justice to the murders as corruption and wealth play a starring role.

Who stars in Killers of the Flower Moon?

Killers of the Flower Moon has a $200 million budget and a star-studded cast to match. Scorsese loves to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, the film being the seventh collaboration with DiCaprio and the eleventh with De Niro. The two star alongside Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, and the Oscars 2023 Best Actor recipient, Brendan Fraser.

This is a huge deal for Apple TV Plus, as it's genuinely one of the biggest cinema releases of the year. A new Scorsese film is no joke, so for Apple to have purchased the rights is a massive coup.

When can I watch Killers of the Flower Moon?

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The film is distributed by Apple TV Plus alongside Paramount Pictures, Killers of the Flower Moon will get a cinema release alongside a streaming release.

The film was released in select cinemas on October 6, 2023, and a wider release will begin on October 20, 2023.

The Killers of the Flower Moon streaming release date has still not been confirmed, but when it launches on Apple TV Plus, it’s likely to be one of the best movies on the platform. Apple says, "Killers of the Flower Moon will premiere globally on Apple TV+ following its exclusive theatrical run."

How long is Killers of the Flower Moon?

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If you thought Scorsese’s last movie, The Irishman, was too long, you might not like to hear that Killers of the Flower Moon is an almost four-hour-long epic. However, with a runtime of 206 minutes, you’ll want to ensure you’re fully awake before heading to the cinema or sitting down on the couch to turn on Apple TV Plus.

Luckily, Martin Scorsese rarely disappoints, so the film will likely be worth your time.

Is Killers of the Flower Moon a potential Oscar winner?

It’s Scorsese, DiCaprio, and De Niro – so Apple sure hopes so. Killers of the Flower Moon will likely have a huge marketing budget behind it to push for another Academy Award victory for Apple TV Plus after the success of CODA in 2022

Critics say the film is excellent, with a 95% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, so everything points to a huge success and an award season to match. This is a very exciting time for cinema lovers, and the fact you can watch this film from home is very attractive to those looking for a new streaming subscription.


Will Killers of the Flower Moon be on Apple TV Plus?

Yes, Killers of the Flower Moon will be available on Apple TV Plus following its theatrical release. There is no confirmed Apple TV Plus release date yet.

Is Killers of the Flower Moon streaming anywhere?

Yes, on Apple TV Plus. Currently the streaming platform says "At a later date."

Is Killers of the Flower Moon getting a wide release?

Yes, on October 20 2023 distributed by Apple TV Plus and Paramount Pictures.

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