Inglourious Basterds

8.32 h 32 min2009HDRUHDR
Brad Pitt leads a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich in this high-octane Quentin Tarantino WWII revenge fantasy.
Quentin Tarantino
Brad PittMélanie LaurentChristoph Waltz
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Michael FassbenderEli RothDiane KrugerDaniel BrühlTil SchweigerGedeon BurkhardJacky Ido
Lawrence Bender
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John M. DanielskiReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hogan's Heroes as Written by the Marquis de Sade
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Who knew Hitler was actually a comic tyrant? Who knew that soldiers respond well to a hillbilly officer speechifying about all the horrid things he will do to the Nazi's instead of speaking softly and carrying a big stick? Who knew that Nazi's were fundamentally stupid and somehow managed to overrun Europe in spite of their ineptitude? Who knew that brutally murdering captured prisoners is actually a lot of fun? Who knew that the Geneva Convention was for chumps? This movie tries to be both an adventure story and a comedy but succeeds only in showing that Taranto's knowledge of real war could fit into the left nostril of a bee. If you are the kind person who could find amusement in a recounting of Jack the Ripper's murders, then this is a movie for you. Brad Pitt is way too old for his part; arguably the only first lieutenant in the history of the US Army who looks like he will soon be collectinng Social Security. This movie is like a old Road Runner cartoon where the Road Runner is possessed by the Spirit of Batman's Joker and is actually much the same as Wily Cayote, just a little smarter.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great fantasy WWII film about exacting revenge upon the Nazis
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Inglourious Basterds was Quentin Tarantino’s fantasy war film. It featured Bad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine, Michael Fassbender as Lt. Archie Hicox, Melanie Laurent as Shosanna, Diana Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark, Christopher Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa, and Daniel Bruhl as Private Fredrick Zoller.

The film has two stories that converge at the end. The first is about Shoshana who has her family killed by Colonel Hans Landa. She later ends up running a movie theater in Paris that gets picked for a special viewing of a Nazi war film which Hitler will attend. The second part is about Aldo Rain and his Basterds. They along with Hilcox are sent to kill Hitler. That’s why it is a fantasy film because it gets to portray the murder of Hitler and the top Nazis.

Like the best Tarantino movies he features great dialogue with action. That’s shown in the opening scene with Landa at the farm. He holds a long conversation with the farm owner where he talks about his job of hunting down Jews. Tarantino then shows flashes of the family underneath the kitchen where Landa and the owner are talking. The longer Landa talks the more nervous the owner gets, and he eventually breaks down and betrays his friends and they’re killed. Tarantino establishes Landa’s cold blooded nature and the horrors of the Nazis.

For the film nerds there’s plenty to see like Tarantino’s previous movies. For instance, there’s a scene where Raine, Hicox and von Hammersmark run into an SS officer in a pub that is based upon a segment from the 1968 movie Where Eagles Dare featuring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. He also borrowed from his own films breaking up Basterds into chapters and yellow titles for some of the main characters like the two Kill Bills. Another Tarantino trademark that’s included is the great selection of music used at timely intervals to accentuate the story.

Overall, Basterds is one of Tarantino’s great movies. The characters are engaging. The dialogue and main scenes stand out. The fantasy ending is fantastic.
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Ben SweeneyReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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As far as the product itself, it is excellent. New and sealed. The 4-star rating is for a review of the movie itself.


Inglorious Bastards is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Brad Pitt as the leader of the Bastards. This movie is a sort of action comedy that is based during the time of World War 2. The Bastards are a group of people out to kill and many Nazis as they can. The basic plot is that there is going to be a big movie premiere at a theatre in France. The goal of the Bastards is to bomb the theatre because there will be high ranking Nazis in attendance. This movie is lots of fun and very enjoyable. There are a lot of subtitles but if you don’t mind the reading...
I feel like the movie struggles with some pacing as it can be slow at times but overall this movie is very funny. Brad Pitt is fantastic in his role and he is hysterical. I would defiantly recommend this movie and it is a must see for any fans of graphic comedy.
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JOHN SMITHReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Glad I only wasted time instead of money on this...
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So, apparently, scalping people is entertainment if they are Nazis. The "heroes" of the story seem more like terrorists to me. If Tarantino was going for black humor it fell flat. His "revenge fantasy" was basically a 2 hr gory cartoon. There really isn't any character development. Why are the members of the IB squad so bloodthirsty? Who knows? Tarantino would seem to think its enough that they are Jewish to make their behavior plausible. That's just lazy story telling in my opinion.
As of 11-30-20, there are 7099 reviews with 83% 5 star & 10% 4 star! And, reading through the negative reviews, it seems like half were complaining about how the film was delivered rather than the content / quality of the movie itself. So, it seems clear that a lot of people liked this movie for reasons that have escaped me.
15 people found this helpful
PasticheReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
I Agreed with the Critics
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Remembering all the positive press it received upon its release, I watched this movie recently. Afterward, I looked up the reviews because I could not understand what the hype was about. I agreed with the critics--really no substance at all.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Over rated
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The production quality was very good, and the script was well done. But what was the intent of the movie? At the beginning, one has Col. Hans Landa (Christopher Waltz) as the Jew hunter, and his portrayal was perhaps the best of the movie. He was extremely good at what he did, which of course was horrific. He knew there were probably Jews being hidden in the farm house, and the only person who was able to crawl out and escape plays an important part later in the film. Brad Pitt, who plays Aldo Raine (Apache) leads a group of Jewish-Americans who are after Nazi scalps, and they are very good at what they do. His leadership in doing what he did could have made for a very interesting movie, although very gory, and perhaps in the Peckinpah mode. Instead, the movie then focuses more on a small group of the Americans who infiltrate to try and kill a large group of Nazis at a movie theater. This slows the action down considerably, and they again come across Col. Landa. There are some over the top performances, for comic relief, I suspect. This movie could have been much better if they knew what they wanted to present for the movie. It left me disappointed, as it is a very long movie.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is Tarantino's World (We're Just Living In It)
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My rating is more of a 4.5
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𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒓𝒖𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒔!
𝑭𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔 𝒓𝒖𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒔, 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒆, 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈.

Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent.
The film tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by the British but utimately conducted solely by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt). Christoph Waltz co-stars as Hans Landa, an SS colonel in charge of tracking down Raine's group.

For how far fetched ‘Inglourious Basterds’ may be in theory it is worth noting that its premise likely wasn't pulled out of thin air. In 1945 three men by the name of Fred Meyer, Hans Wijnberg, and Franz Weber volunteered for an assignment that was at the time known as ‘Operation Greenup’. It has been declared as “one of the most successful OSS operations mounted from Bari”, and the task at hand entailed scouting the heavily fortified and secure area of Austria for pertinent intel. Much of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is carried by details heavily influenced by Tarantino's imagination, but the parallels where they matter most are worth looking into with more depth in viewers’ freetime.
(A documentary detailing this mission in more detail called ‘The real Inglourious Basterds’ that was directed by Min Sook Lee can be found on Amazon Prime)
(As an aside: I can’t recommend this little documentary enough. The real story blew my entire mind)

After an extensively fruitless casting search for the role of Hans Landa, Tarantino almost decided against making ‘Inglourious Basterds’ altogether; He gave himself another week to find his “perfect Landa”, and as fate would have it Christoph Waltz nailed his audition and subsequently earned the part. It's nearly impossible now to imagine another actor in this role - who, while isn't based off a real person (But is very similar to Franz Hofer for those of you that check out that documentary!) stands in as a caricature of German Authority during the particular period of time in question. There is a bravado to Waltz’s performance here that on its own is entertaining between his flawless line delivery and linguistic repertoire of genius, but there's also a manipulative modest demeanor that simply puts other depictions of humanized evil to shame. Love to hate or hate to love him - there's simply much to be said psychologically speaking in terms of Hans’ feverish drive towards impunity following his lavish display of pomposity and virtuous depravity.

‘Inglourious Basterds’ could easily have turned in to a preposterous mess, but thanks to Tarantino’s senses in terms of writing and set design it is far from being riddled with ravelment. The opportunities for bewilderment reveal themselves often, and are really only exploited during scenes that drag emotionally or could be made shorter without having a little effect on the overarching plot.
It doesn't likely we need to be sad, but obviously the climax makes good on ‘Inglorious Basterd’s promise of being a piece of speculative fiction. For what it’s worth - it's little of a surprise to me that the convergence of the two aforementioned storylines takes place inside that of a movie theater; I infer that for Tarentino this is a way of weaponizing his creative medium of choices as an unconventional intervention during a time where it would have arguably been needed most. A bit self-indulgent? I can't deny that. A clever way of capturing the destructive ( but also ironically constructive) nature of films both in production and execution? That's certainly Up For debate, but I think I've made my point

In another life Tarantino could easily be mistaken for the likes of Victor Frankenstein; the predilection for historical fallacies in his work is difficult to ignore, but they are easily and equally appreciated in terms of entertainment and thoughtful engagement. By stitching the pieces of reality that ground narratives like this one together as is seen fit, samples of credibility are mimicked while simultaneously granting new life to stories that may otherwise never see the light of day.
I guess that's only fair: this is Tarantino's world. We, on the other hand, are just living in it.
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Arthur H. RoachReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
World War II with a bit of a smile
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It's a classic, but I'm seeing it for the first time. Edge of your seat, white-knuckle excitement as the story progresses. As clever as "Spy vs Spy" in Mad Magazine, one side always one-upping the other. Brad Pitt dominates whenever he's on screen, an over-the-top no-holds-barred American on a mission to take out as many Nazis as possible, but in order to demoralize them, to do so with as much visible pain and suffering as possible. Two plots almost unwittingly converge for an explosive finale. Take nothing for granted!
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