Inglourious Basterds

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



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"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.


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 Hammersmark
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/Pola Negri
Rod Taylor
as Winston Churchill
Sönke Möhring
as Pvt. Butz/Walter Frazer
Samm Levine
as Private Hirschberg
Paul Rust
as Pfc. Andy Kagan
Michael Bacall
as Pfc. MIchael Zimmerman
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
as German Soldier/Winnetou
Petra Hartung
as German Female Soldier/Beethoven
Volker Zack Michalowski
as German Soldier/Edgar Wallace
Ken Duken
as German Soldier/Mata Hari
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 Veterinarian
Sebastian Hülk
as Hellstrom's Driver/Nazi Usher #1
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 Hochholdinger
as German Company Sgt.
Wilfried Hochholdinger
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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  • When Tarantino sent this message to moviegoers in 2009, it's unlikely that he imagined how relevant it would be in 2019.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The performance of Christoph Waltz, playing the Nazi Gestapo figure Col. Hans Landa, is the highlight of the film. His ability to convey courtliness and sympathy and then go to commit the cruelest of horrors is simply superb.

    Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • Despite the injection of content from a variety of directions, Basterds lacks the crackly excitement of Tarantino's other efforts, mainly because he can't seem to tie the whole package together.

    Aug 23, 2014 | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • Inglourious Basterds is naughty, apocalyptic fun -- Tarantino's version of a war movie, with history rewritten to avenge the guilty in ways that satisfy his pop-art cinephilia.

    Aug 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Waltz will be unknown to most American audiences -- he was certainly unknown to me -- but he's nothing less than sensational as the silky, polyglot SS officer charged by the Fuhrer to root out the remaining Jews in France.

    Aug 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity
    Top Critic
  • Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

  • Nov 24, 2017
    The movie is a bloody and brutal movie but for me had no satisfaction in its climax which I felt wasted my time.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2015
    Whilst I've yet to see "The Hateful Eight" I am happy to say that for me this is the best QT film to date. This is a brilliantly staged and devilishly nuanced film, with a terriffc story, characters, soundtrack, script, and performances. If you've only seen it once, you really haven't seen it at all.
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  • Sep 21, 2015
    Well-crafted, but in typical Tarantino fashion, distancing, and un-relatable. No characters to root for or against and nothing to embrace. Rating: 53
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2014
    Complete crap from that juvenile jackass hack, Tarantino, who couldn't even come up with an original title for his personal agenda John Landis style vanity-fest of revisionist history and ethnic hate.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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