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The Inglorious Bastards (1978)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1978 Wide



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The Inglorious Bastards was the alternate title for the Italian adventure yarn Counterfeit Commandos. The main characters are five soldiers facing court-martial in World War II France. The quintet consists of Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten, Michael Pergolami, and Jackie Basehart. The men escape, heading to the safety of the Swiss border; along the way, they pull off several random acts of above-and-beyond heroism. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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A boisterous air of irreverence makes Inglorious Bastards fascinating in its own right.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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A Peckinpah-ish variation on The Dirty Dozen, not terribly original but with well-executed World War II battle scenes, nudity and plenty of coarse talk.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Castellari's film is a Pilgrim's Progress, a journey by the irredeemable toward some manner of salvation.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's a platoon thriller laced with the anti-hero cynicism of spaghetti westerns and the lurid violence of the post-Wild Bunch era...

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An outrageously entertaining and totally bad-ass action-packed adventure. It's very funny and explosive. It has some great characters and some solid performances from its cast. Fred Williamson and Bo Svenson are fantastic, they have great chemistry and are a great pair. A classic action flick that's wild, sharp, action-packed, hilarious and incredibly fun. One hell of an insanely enjoyable war movie. They don't get more fun or entertaining than this film. Director, Enzo G. Castellari crafts a great piece of work that delivers. A great men-on-a mission adventure.
March 5, 2013

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Title inspiration to Quentin Tarantino's war epic, Inglourious Bastards is a macaroni combat film with a Dirty Dozen flavor. Action packed, thrilling and lots of fun, this action classic is a fun ride from beginning to end. Though not perfect, this film is still a classic example of an 70's action flick done right. Enzo G. Castellari delivers a film that is similar to the Dirty Dozen, but that doesn't stop this film from being entertaining. This film is overlooked, and actually heard of it when Tarantino's film of the same name was released. Bare in mind that the two films only have the title in common. Anyhow, Castellari assembles some terrific talent here, Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson being the more famous names here. Inglourious Bastards is an action packed film with plenty of thrills and solidly built action scenes (considering that this is an Italian film) There are many memorable scenes including the train assault scene and the castle scene. The film for the most part succeeds on being quality entertainment, but there is of course a feeling that things could have been done better. Overall this is a good, entertaining action film that shouldn't be overlooked. This is one of the best action films of the late 70's and despite the flaws, its a fun viewing experience.
June 13, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A group of military convicts escape behind enemy lines when their convoy is attacked, and when they accidentally kill an undercover commando unit they decide to take over their mission. The Dirty Dozen meets the A Team in this exploitation war flick that won't win any awards for subtlety. The script is episodic, characters stereotypical and production value TV standard, but what it has is action in spades. It's like a typical boy's own war film with a bit of gratuitous nudity, swearing and blaxploitation thrown in, the latter provided by Fred Williamson (who you may recognise from From Dusk Til Dawn) playing the usual "I don't take no shit from nobody!" bad ass who is inevitably constantly riled by the usual redneck wise acre played by Peter Hooten, who is possibly the worst actor in the known universe. Add the least convincing romantic interlude you are likely to see and sophistication is clearly not this film's strong suit. If you like plenty of explosions, gunfire and men in Nazi uniforms being flung through the air left, right and centre, this fits the bill, but if you're interested just to see the "original" of Tarantino's film then don't bother. This has nothing to do with it.
January 21, 2011
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*5th greatest movie ever made
*Best action film ever
*Best film by Enzo G. Castellari

Directed by Enzo G. Castellari and staring Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten and Fred Williamson

I really did like Quentin Tarantino take on inglorious bastards but somewhat just wasn't as good as this and despite it being really creative and cleaver to me it was some times really boring and dull. So this inglorious bastards and like me you will call it one of the top 3 best action films ever made. My top 3 of all time are Battle royal, fortress and this. If I had to pick this is my favourite action movie and my 5th favourite film.

Set in Europe during WWII, a group of American soldiers are in the process of being shipped off to military prison for a variety of infractions, ranging from desertion to murder. While they're being transported, a German artillery attack hits the convoy, killing the MPs and enabling four of the prisoners to escape. The group decides their best bet is to head to neutral Switzerland where they can avoid the fighting and prison. As they make their way to what they think will be freedom, they end up volunteering for a commando mission to steal a V2 warhead for the French Underground. Somehow, the team must sneak into the most heavily guarded base in German territory, steal the Nazi's most precious military hardware, and bring it back to the allies without getting arrested again by their own side.

The plot is very well done and doesn't really ever lack unlike Tarantino's witch like I said can be very boring.

100% for story it is amazing action filled and never leaves you bored

90% for acting and dubbing it sounds and looks great

90% for special effects there greatly done and a real awesome thing to watch

100% for characters you just have to love them. There funny, original, cleaver. Truly some of the best for an action film.

100% for everything else. Lol very highy body count

Truly don't know how much I can keep recommending it if you ever find it give it a go.

Keiko's score 100%
November 12, 2010
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