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Inglourious Basterds

"A basterd's work is never done."

R 2009-08-02 Drama 2hr 33m

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

  • Released
    2009-08-02
  • Revenue
    $321,457,747
  • Budget
    $70,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 33m
  • Genre
    Drama, Thriller, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano
  • imdb-logo
    8.4
  • Production
    The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures, A Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg Film, Visiona Romantica, Peninsula Films

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Cast

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

First Lieutenant Aldo "The Apache" Raine
Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent

Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux
Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

SS Colonel Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa
Eli Roth

Eli Roth

Staff Sergeant Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Lieutenant Archie Hicox
Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Bridget von Hammersmark
Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl

Private First Class Fredrick Zoller
Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger

Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz
Gedeon Burkhard

Gedeon Burkhard

Corporal Wilhelm Wicki
B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak

Private First Class Smithson "The Little Man" Utivich
Omar Doom

Omar Doom

Private First Class Omar Ulmer
August Diehl

August Diehl

Major Dieter Hellstrom
Denis Ménochet

Denis Ménochet

Perrier LaPadite
Sylvester Groth

Sylvester Groth

Joseph Goebbels
Martin Wuttke

Martin Wuttke

Adolf Hitler
Mike Myers

Mike Myers

General Ed Fenech
Julie Dreyfus

Julie Dreyfus

Francesca Mondino
Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux

Charlotte LaPadite
Richard Sammel

Richard Sammel

Sergeant Werner Rachtman
Alexander Fehling

Alexander Fehling

Staff Sergeant Wilhelm / Pola Negri
Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

Winston Churchill
Samm Levine

Samm Levine

Private First Class Hirschberg
Paul Rust

Paul Rust

Private First Class Andy Kagan
Michael Bacall

Michael Bacall

Private First Class Michael Zimmerman
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey

German Soldier / Winnetou
Petra Hartung

Petra Hartung

German Female Soldier / Beethoven
Volker Michalowski

Volker Michalowski

German Soldier / Edgar Wallace
Ken Duken

Ken Duken

German Soldier / Mata Hari
Christian Berkel

Christian Berkel

Proprietor Eric
Tina Rodriguez

Tina Rodriguez

Julie LaPadite
Lena Friedrich

Lena Friedrich

Suzanne LaPadite
Ludger Pistor

Ludger Pistor

CPT. Wolfgang
Michael Kranz

Michael Kranz

Herrman #3
Rainer Bock

Rainer Bock

General Schonherr
André Penvern

André Penvern

Old French Veterinarian
Sebastian Hülk

Sebastian Hülk

Hellstrom's Driver / Nazi Usher #1
Sönke Möhring

Sönke Möhring

Private Butz / Walter Frazer
Carlos Fidel

Carlos Fidel

PFC. Simon Sakowitz
Hilmar Eichhorn

Hilmar Eichhorn

Emil Jannings
Patrick Elias

Patrick Elias

Jakob Dreyfus
Eva Löbau

Eva Löbau

Miriam Dreyfus
Salvadore Brandt

Salvadore Brandt

Bob Dreyfus
Jasper Linnewedel

Jasper Linnewedel

Amos Dreyfus
Wilfried Hochholdinger

Wilfried Hochholdinger

German Company SGT.
Olivier Girard

Olivier Girard

Maxim's Waiter
Michael Scheel

Michael Scheel

General Frank
Leo Plank

Leo Plank

Motorcycle Rider #1
Andreas Tietz

Andreas Tietz

Motorcycle Rider #2
Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson

American Colonel
Christian Brückner

Christian Brückner

Kliest Voice (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bela B.

Bela B.

Usher #2 (uncredited)
Noemi Besedes

Noemi Besedes

German Movie Star (uncredited)
Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona

German Official (voice) (uncredited)
Jake Garber

Jake Garber

German Soldier (uncredited)
Sabrina Rattey

Sabrina Rattey

German Civilian (uncredited)
Alex Boden

Alex Boden

Military Attaché (uncredited)
Guido Föhrweißer

Guido Föhrweißer

SS Major (uncredited)
Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel

OSS Commander Who Agrees to Deal (voice) (uncredited)
Andrew Napier

Andrew Napier

Nazi Theatre Attendee (uncredited)
Greg Nicotero

Greg Nicotero

Gestapo Major (uncredited)
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

First Scalped Nazi / American Soldier in 'Pride of Nation' (uncredited)
Vitus Wieser

Vitus Wieser

French Waiter (uncredited)
Bea-Marie Rück

Bea-Marie Rück

German Female Soldier (uncredited)
Daniela Schwerdt

Daniela Schwerdt

Cinema Guest (uncredited)

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A Review by Wuchak 8

Written by Wuchak on 2018-07-26

**_Refreshingly different alternative WW2 drama/adventure_** RELEASED IN 2009 and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" t... read more

**_Refreshingly different alternative WW2 drama/adventure_** RELEASED IN 2009 and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" takes place during the German occupation of France in WW2 and revolves around a ruthless “Jew Hunter” Nazi (Christoph Waltz), a beautiful young theater owner dripping with vengeance, a German war hero who pesters her and a brutal team of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine. This was my first taste of the popular director's eccentric repertoire, although I've since seen all of his movies. The first time I tried to watch "Basterds" I gave up around the 50-minute mark. Don't get me wrong, the dialogue-driven opening sequence is great but the film seemed to bog down with its focus on a French theater during the German occupation and the accompanying interminable dialogue (mostly in subtitles). I just wasn't ready for this because I was expecting a Dirty Dozen-styled WW2 film with lots of action and all that goes with it. What I got instead was a plot that focused on the aforementioned theater accompanied by long sessions of generally subtitled dialogue. I eventually gave it a second chance with the understanding that this wasn't some typical war flick. Strangely, the "interminable dialogue" pulled me in and I slowly became engrossed in the story, which isn't hard to follow. The drama is only occasionally interrupted by flashes of extreme violence. Until the end, that is, where all hell literally breaks loose. There ARE elements that bring to mind "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), including a group of anti-heroes intent on mercilessly obliterating as many Germans as possible and the fact that the real action doesn't kick-in until the final act, but "Basterds" is hardly a Dirty Dozen clone. It may borrow a bit from notable films of the past but it absolutely possesses its own refreshing originality. All effective films have quality characters and "Basterds" has several: The stunning Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna, the cinema proprietor who quietly seethes with retribution; Christoph Waltz as SS Col. Hans Landa, an articulate and suave love-to-hate villain who mercilessly hunts down Jews; Brad Pitt as the almost-comical, but no-nonsense leader of the brutal Basterds; super-sharp Diane Kruger as a German actress & British spy; and Daniel Brühl as a genial German hero with the hots for the beautiful Shosanna. Like Tarantino’s other great movies (“Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and “Jackie Brown”), "Basterds" pulsates with confidence, style, quirkiness and a sense of the unexpected from beginning to end, the perfect antidote to the idiotic "blockbuster" syndrome that plagues modern cinema with its predictability and overKILL action & CGI, etc. Most movies seem like they’re in a rush and shy away from extended dialogues because they fear losing the viewer’s limited attention whereas Tarantino makes them a highlight because it’s an area where he excels. Instead of pedestrian verbiage that merely advances the plot or conveys the obvious, his interchanges are rich with amusement and mindfood. THE FILM RUNS 153 minutes and was shot in France and Germany. GRADE: A-

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A Review by JPV852 9

Written by JPV852 on 2021-09-30

Second time seeing this since it was released on Blu-ray in 2009 and still is a solid war-thriller with Tarantino's flair with dialogue and ... read more

Second time seeing this since it was released on Blu-ray in 2009 and still is a solid war-thriller with Tarantino's flair with dialogue and of course, feet. But seriously, despite being 2.5 hours, the time flew by thanks to the brisk pace and great performances from all around. Not my favorite Tarantino film but it's up there. **4.5/5**

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A Review by AstroNoud 8

Written by AstroNoud on 2022-02-26

It's obviously Tarantino, creating tension with long dialogues and containing short bursts of violence, although some scenes could have been... read more

It's obviously Tarantino, creating tension with long dialogues and containing short bursts of violence, although some scenes could have been shortened or omitted. Great to see the lineup of French and German actors, where the terrific Waltz takes the cake. 8/10

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A Review by Wuchak

**_Refreshingly different alternative WW2 drama/adventure_** RELEASED IN 2009 and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" takes place during the German occupation of France in WW2 and revolves around a ruthless “Jew Hunter”...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 8

Written by Wuchak on 2018-07-26

**_Refreshingly different alternative WW2 drama/adventure_** RELEASED IN 2009 and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" takes place during the German occupation of France in WW2 and...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by JPV852 9

Written by JPV852 on 2021-09-30

Second time seeing this since it was released on Blu-ray in 2009 and still is a solid war-thriller with Tarantino's flair with dialogue and of course, feet. But seriously, despite being 2.5 hours, the...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by AstroNoud 8

Written by AstroNoud on 2022-02-26

It's obviously Tarantino, creating tension with long dialogues and containing short bursts of violence, although some scenes could have been shortened or omitted. Great to see the lineup of French and...

read more