Inglourious Basterds

  • 18
  • Quentin Tarantino (2009)
  • US / Ger (SUB)
  • 146 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Second World War action adventure directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt. After a Jewish woman's family are slaughtered by the Nazis, she changes her identity and flees to Paris, only to come face to face with the man responsible for the massacre. Meanwhile, Lt Aldo Raine leads a guerrilla squad of Jewish Americans into occupied territory to carry out a series of raids on the enemy, earning a fearsome reputation in the process.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lt Aldo Raine
Brad Pitt
Col Hans Landa
Christoph Waltz
Shosanna Dreyfus
Mélanie Laurent
Bridget von Hammersmark
Diane Kruger
Sergeant Donny Donowitz
Eli Roth
Fredrick Zoller
Daniel Brühl
Lt Archie Hicox
Michael Fassbender
Sgt Hugo Stiglitz
Til Schweiger
General Ed Fenech
Mike Myers
Pfc Utivich
B J Novak
Pfc Hirschberg
Samm Levine
Narrator
Samuel L Jackson
Francesca Mondino
Julie Dreyfus
Adolf Hitler
Martin Wuttke
Winston Churchill
Rod Taylor
Enzo G Castellari
Enzo G Castellari
Pfc Omar Ulmer
Omar Doom
Major Hellstrom
August Diehl
Perrier LaPadite
Denis Ménochet
Joseph Goebbels
Sylvester Groth
Charlotte LaPadite
Léa Seydoux
American colonel
Bo Svenson

Crew

Director
Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

Language: 
English, German, French, Italian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Aug 2009
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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