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
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Sergeant Donny Donowitz "The Bear Jew" (Eli Roth) talks about "Teddy Ballgame" in Chapter Two. This is one of the many nicknames for Ted Williams, who was a war hero, who interrupted his baseball career twice to serve in World War II and the Korean War. See more »
At the beginning of the film Perrier's daughter is hanging sheets on the line to dry; however, the sheet she is securing to the line is already dry (it isn't wet). In those days, however, people hang their sheets to air them so they didn't have to wash them so often. So dry sheets would be hung. See more »
[shouting to the camera, acting in Nation's Pride]
Who wants to send a message to Germany?
[Nation's Pride is interrupted by Shosanna's movie]
I have a message for Germany.
[Hitler and Goebbels watch in shock]
[her image on the screen smirks]
That you are all going to die.
[yelling in German]
Enough! Stop it!
[yelling in German]
Turn off the projector!
And I want you to look deep into the face of the Jew that is going to do it!
[in German as the audience begins to shout in protest and anger]
I don't ...
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The film uses the 1963-1990 Universal Pictures logo. See more »
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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