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Inglourious Basterds

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2009
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • 146 mins
  • 18

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Lt Aldo RaineBrad Pitt
Col Hans LandaChristoph Waltz
Shosanna DreyfusMélanie Laurent
Bridget von HammersmarkDiane Kruger
Sergeant Donny DonowitzEli Roth
Fredrick ZollerDaniel Brühl
Lt Archie HicoxMichael Fassbender
Sgt Hugo StiglitzTil Schweiger
General Ed FenechMike Myers
Pfc UtivichB J Novak
Pfc HirschbergSamm Levine
NarratorSamuel L Jackson
Francesca MondinoJulie Dreyfus
Adolf HitlerMartin Wuttke
Winston ChurchillRod Taylor
Enzo G CastellariEnzo G Castellari
Pfc Omar UlmerOmar Doom
Major HellstromAugust Diehl
Perrier LaPaditeDenis Ménochet
Joseph GoebbelsSylvester Groth
Charlotte LaPaditeLéa Seydoux
American colonelBo Svenson

Crew

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DirectorQuentin Tarantino

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2009-08-14
Languages
English | German | Italian | French
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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