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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  21 August 2009 (USA)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.


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In Nazi-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. Written by The Massie Twins

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inglorious Bastards  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,596,415 (UK) (21 August 2009)


$120,523,073 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


Quentin Tarantino approached Adam Sandler to play Sgt. Donny Donowitz, but Sandler had to turn it down because the schedule conflicted with the filming of Funny People (2009). See more »


The Scotch beverage is written as "whiskey". Scots write "whisky", but this is an American movie which uses American spellings. See more »


Col. Hans Landa: May I smoke my pipe as well?
Perrier LaPadite: Please, Colonel, make yourself at home.
[Hans pulls out a very large pipe five times the size of Perrier's]
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Crazy Credits

Both the opening and closing credits change fonts numerous times, displaying typefaces seen in a variety of earlier Tarantino films. See more »


References Beyond the Law (1968) See more »


Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of GDM Music S.r.l. on behalf of Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.r.l.
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Who the hell is Christoph Waltz?
25 August 2009 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

That's what I thought, when I heard about the cast of Inglorious Basterds. And I'm both from Germany and into movies.

That guy is older than 50 and so far he almost only played in mediocre TV series - and even there he didn't play the main parts. Obviously nobody ever noticed, what he's capable of. Now, thanks to QT, he got one shot to change that - and - let's put it this way - that was a bingo! He is the living proof of what a great caster Tarrantino is.

By the way: I think it's a great privilege to watch the movie as a German - being able to understand everything. And the German dialog is written almost as good as the English.

Now I could repeat, what many others have written here before. I'll put it short: Finally, QT is back.

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