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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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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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Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth (uncredited)
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Top Rated Movies #95 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 129 wins & 165 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Lt. Aldo Raine
Mélanie Laurent ... Shosanna
Christoph Waltz ... Col. Hans Landa
Eli Roth ... Sgt. Donny Donowitz
Michael Fassbender ... Lt. Archie Hicox
Diane Kruger ... Bridget von Hammersmark
Daniel Brühl ... Fredrick Zoller
Til Schweiger ... Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
Gedeon Burkhard ... Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki
Jacky Ido ... Marcel
B.J. Novak ... Pfc. Smithson Utivich
Omar Doom ... Pfc. Omar Ulmer
August Diehl ... Major Hellstrom
Denis Ménochet ... Perrier LaPadite
Sylvester Groth ... Joseph Goebbels
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Storyline

In German-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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Taglines:

An Inglorious, Uproarious Thrill-Ride of Vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German | French | Italian

Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inglorious Bastards See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,054,676, 21 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,540,719, 17 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,600,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The dialogue is in English for approximately forty-two percent of the running time, in German for twenty-eight percent, in French for twenty-two percent, and in Italian for one percent. There is a fifty-four-minute stretch, in which less than nine minutes of dialogue are in English, including twenty-five straight minutes in which no English is spoken. See more »

Goofs

When the German soldiers are watching the film, "Nation's Pride" in the cinema, a Wilhelm scream can be heard within the film as a sound effect. This sound effect wasn't recorded and used until the 1953 film, "The Charge at Feather River" which was released 9 years after the 'release' of "Nation's Pride", meaning it would have not existed yet. See more »

Quotes

General Ed Fenech: [reading Lt. Hicox's personnel file] It says here you speak German fluently?
Lt. Archie Hicox: Like a Katzenjammer Kid.
General Ed Fenech: And your occupation before the war?
Lt. Archie Hicox: I'm a film critic.
General Ed Fenech: List your accomplishments?
Lt. Archie Hicox: Well, sir, such as they are, I write reviews and articles for a publication called 'Films & Filmmakers.' As well as our sister publication.
General Ed Fenech: What's that called?
Lt. Archie Hicox: 'Flickers Bi-Monthly', and I've had two books published.
General Ed Fenech: Impressive. Don't be modest, Lieutenant. What are their titles?
Lt. Archie Hicox: The first book was called 'Art of ...
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Crazy Credits

The film uses the 1963-1990 Universal Pictures logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German version, the French dialogs referring to English language ("anglais") have been re-dubbed to refer to German ("allemand"), as English dialogs have been dubbed into German. Also, in the scene with Private Butz the translations from German into English and vice versa have been re-dubbed into ironic comments by Wilhelm Wicki (which would not make sense otherwise, as both Aldo Raine and Pvt. Butz are talking German in the German dub). See more »

Connections

References The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942) See more »

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TIGER TANK
(1970)
Written by Lalo Schifrin
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
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The Jewish Scalphunters of Quentin Tarantino
5 October 2009 | by terrygiu2000See all my reviews

Once again, revenge is at the center of a Quentin Tarantino movie. This time a Jewish dirty dozen takes things on their own hands. Tarantino re-writes history and shortens WWII with a comic stroke that is as entertaining as it is vacuous. A fantasy that re-arranges some controversial historical points. Okay, it's a movie and as such it works for most of its two and a half hours. Christoph Waltz opens things up in the most promising way. The opening sequence is filled with a subtle but unbearable tension. Weltz amalgamates all the Nazi villains we have loved and hated in the movies into one glorious creation. (I will advise my countrymen to see it in its original multi-language version - the Italian version is another movie altogether. Some of the extra pleasures are in the dialog that, naturally, are not to be found in the Italian version) Brad Pitt, rapidly becoming one of the best character actors in the world, with a leading man's face and billing, is truly fantastic. Diane Kruger makes a credible Barbara Bouchet (one of Tarantino's muses from trash action Italian movies from the 70's) and the rest of the cast has some exquisite touches like Rod Taylor as Winston Churchill. Highly recommended for a Sunday afternoon.


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