Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino (2009)

146min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cinema saves the world in writer/director Quentin Tarantino's disjointed history-bending homage to war movies. The multi-stranded plot includes Mélanie Laurent as a Jew avoiding Gestapo capture, Brad Pitt as a lieutenant commanding a dirty dozen of Nazi hunters and Diane Kruger as a German movie star/British double agent. All of which eventually roll into the main action: to blow up the Nazi High Command at the Paris premiere of one of Goebbels's propaganda films. Delivered as a series of witty dialogue-driven vignettes containing flashes of violent action, it's a long but entertainingly showy melodrama full of cineaste jokes, tricksy wordplay and references to film-makers GW Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl and Sergio Leone. Highlights include a resistance-bar rendezvous where English spy Michael Fassbender's Nazi-officer disguise is gradually penetrated, and Christoph Waltz's turn as a charmingly evil SS colonel. Meanwhile, on the superb soundtrack, recycled Ennio Morricone collides with the likes of David Bowie.

Summary

American officer Aldo Raine leads a squad of soldiers into occupied France on a mission to kill as many Nazis as possible and spread fear through the Third Reich. They become involved in a Jewish resistance fighter's plan to blow up the premiere of a propaganda movie - due to be attended by Hitler himself. Quentin Tarantino's wartime adventure, with Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and an Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz.

Cast & Crew

Lt Aldo Raine Brad Pitt
Shosanna Dreyfus Melanie Laurent
Lt Archie Hicox Michael Fassbender
Col Hans Landa Christoph Waltz
Bridget von Hammersmark Diane Kruger
Sgt Donny Donowitz Eli Roth
Pte Fredrick Zoller Daniel Bruhl
Sgt Hugo Stiglitz Til Schweiger
Winston Churchill Rod Taylor
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: English, German, French, Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama