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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Cast

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
Wilfried Hochholdinger
as German Company Sgt.
Wilifried 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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Critic Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

All Critics (306) | Top Critics (51)

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2014
indieWIRE
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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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
CNN.com
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Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Quentin Tarantino seems to be hanging on to a lost world of moviemaking. He may be nuts. But he's a nut who cares.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Salon.com
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Its biggest flaw, though, for those who care about such things, may be its moral attitude. That might seem a stodgy thing to bring up in the context of a Quentin Tarantino movie, but it takes such center stage that it needs to be examined.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Film.com
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Landa is such a wily and despicable concoction that, in movie terms, he's almost impossible not to like. And therein lies part of my problem with this movie.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

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
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

So fucking great. It's tied with Django Django and Pulp Fiction as my favorite QT film. Suspenseful, funny, and very well-acted.

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

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