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Inglourious Basterds (2009)



Critic Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining,

Movie Info

"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.more
Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Quentin Tarantino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 15, 2009
Box Office: $120.5M
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Brad Pitt
as Lt. Aldo Raine
Mélanie Laurent
as Shosanna Dreyfus
Christoph Waltz
as Col. Hans Landa
Eli Roth
as Sgt. Donny Donowitz
Michael Fassbender
as Lt. Archie Hicox
Diane Kruger
as Bridget Von Hammersm...
Daniel Brühl
as Frederic Zoller
Til Schweiger
as Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
Gedeon Burkhard
as Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki
Jacky Ido
as Marcel
B.J. Novak
as PFC Utivich
Omar Doom
as Pfc. Omar Ulmer
August Diehl
as Major Hellstrom
Denis Ménochet
as Perrier LaPadite
Sylvester Groth
as Joseph Goebbels
Mike Myers
as General Ed Fenech
Julie Dreyfus
as Francesca Mondino
Richard Sammel
as Sgt. Rachtman
Alexander Fehling
as Master Sgt. Wilhelm/...
Rod Taylor
as Winston Churchill
Sönke Möhring
as Pvt. Butz/Walter Fra...
Samm Levine
as Private Hirschberg
Paul Rust
as Pfc. Andy Kagan
Michael Bacall
as Pfc. MIchael Zimmerm...
Arndt Schwering-Sohn...
as German Soldier/Winne...
Petra Hartung
as German Female Soldie...
Volker Zack Michalow...
as German Soldier/Edgar...
Ken Duken
as German Soldier/Mata ...
Christian Berkel
as Proprietor Eric
Léa Seydoux
as Charlotte LaPadite
Tina Rodriguez
as Julie LaPadite
Lena Friedrich
as Suzanne LaPadite
Ludger Pistor
as Cpt. Wolfgang
Michael Kranz
as Herman #2
Rainer Bock
as General Schonherr
Andre Penvern
as Old French Veterinar...
Sebastian Hülk
as Hellstrom's Driver/N...
Carlos Fidel
as Pfc. Simon Sakowitz
Hilmar Eichhorn
as Emil Jannings
Patrick Elias
as Jakob Dreyfus
Eva Löbau
as Miriam Dreyfus
Salvadore Brandt
as Bob Dreyfus
Jasper Linnewedel
as Amos Dreyfus
Wilifried Hochholdin...
as German Company Sgt.
Wilfried Hochholding...
as German Company Sgt.
Olivier Girard
as Maxim's Waiter
Michael Scheel
as General Frank
Leo Plank
as Motorcycle Rider #1
Andreas Tietz
as Motorcycle Rider #2
Bo Svenson
as American Colonel
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Critic Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

All Critics (299) | Top Critics (49)

A smart, sophisticated and perplexing blend of wisdom and attitude that takes bold risks, sneers at convention and then still has enough audacity to rewrite the history books for one last daring climax.

Full Review… | July 10, 2015

In this film, WWII was settled in a movie theater -- a notion that obviously feels appropriate to anyone who loves old movies as much as this director.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
The Virginian-Pilot

The intricate plot offers a wealth of opportunities for scene-stopping showpieces of all kinds, from epic spectacle to intimate character work.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Christianity Today

Personally, I wearied of Tarantino's breathless shtick long ago, but I must admit I enjoyed Inglourious Basterds more than anything he's done in years.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Independent on Sunday

Basterds has multiple plot strands that eventually converge in a spectacular finale, which takes place, fittingly, in a movie theater in Paris.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
People Magazine

It's a lot to take in. But in the end, Tarantino leaves you wanting more.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Audience Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

Nice little Tarantino flick of revenge set against the backdrop of WWII. The actors are top notch and the carnage is just right.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Quentin Tarantino returns with the story of the Basterds, a group of Jewish soldiers performing guerilla warfare and terror tactics behind enemy lines to strike fear into the hearts of German soldiers during World War II. Inglourious Basterds is a very difficult film to pigeonhole. It's part Jewish revenge fantasy, part gung ho war film, part knowing parody of patriotic flag wavers and 100% Tarantino. His trademark patchwork of styles and references is as evident as ever; the opening scenes are pure Leone, turns into The Dirty Dozen and then zig zags off on tangents all over the place. It's impossible not to enjoy a film with this premise (unless you are a closet Fourth Reicher or member of the BNP) and Brad Pitt's hilarious send up of a hick war hero is almost as good as Christoph Waltz's high camp evil Sherlock Holmes (complete with pipe). But I'd have to say much of the film that does not feature these two could've stood for some judicious pruning and very oddly for a Tarantino film, the soundtrack sometimes just did not work. Unlike the likes of Lucas and Cameron though, Tarantino is a pure film fan's film maker so when he gets too self indulgent, it is with the direction, dialogue and characters rather than visual bullshit and so even at their worst his films are always interesting and of merit.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I'll be honest this was the first Tarantino film I've ever watched. However, if this is good, I can't wait to see his better films, like Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. With a superb opening with such an intense pace, from these 20 minutes, it's very clear of how powerful a performance Christoph Waltz gave, especially the fact he won the Oscar he surely deserved. The rest of the film is packed with violence, some good laughs and some intense moments in which hell breaks loose within seconds. To top this off, Christoph Waltz is backed up with Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and even Director Eli Roth (Hostel). Overall, Inglorious is a superb feature, that is compared way too much with Tarantino's earlier work, which has a nice twist within its WWII setting. A must watch for action and Tarantino fans.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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