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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz


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A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache", Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is


A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache", Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is to strike fear into the heart of Adolf Hitler by brutally murdering as many goose-steppers as possible, or die trying. In order to accomplish that goal, Lt. Raine recruits a ruthless team of cold-blooded killers known as "The Basterds" which includes baseball-bat-wielding Bostonian Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (aka "The Bear Jew," Eli Roth) and steely psychopath Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), among others. When the Basterds' secret rendezvous with turncoat German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) goes awry, they learn that the Nazis will be staging the French premiere of "The Nation's Pride," a rousing propaganda film based on the exploits of German hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brühl), at a modest theater owned by Jewish cinephile Shoshanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), posing as a Gentile after the brutal murder of her family by the ruthless Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). As the Basterds hatch an explosive plan to take out as many Nazis as possible at the premiere, they remain completely oblivious to the fact that Shoshanna, too, longs to bring the Third Reich to its knees, and that she's willing to sacrifice her beloved theater in the process.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There are elements of a Quentin Tarantino film you can always count on -- upturning genre conventions, strong female characters, extended conversational detours, and forceful violence. Right from its engaging, nail-biting beginning, Inglourious Basterds overflows with QT's signature style. The opening scene in question involves Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) -- nicknamed "the Jew Hunter" because of his uncanny work during the nascent Nazi occupation of France -- interrogating a French farmer on the whereabouts of his missing Jewish neighbors. Like the infamous Christopher Walken/Dennis Hopper showdown in True Romance, their conversation grows increasingly intense with each line. However, where Hopper's ornately verbose history lesson/ethnic jab had little to do with the actual story, the dialogue in this exchange all relates directly to the plot. Landa knows exactly how to slowly inflict psychological stress on his subject so that the victim will eventually break -- an element of the character that Waltz underplays to arresting affect; this is one genial-seeming killer, and he's all the more terrifying because of it. Since Landa has built such a terrifying reputation for himself, there is little surprise that many people want him dead. One of them is Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), a Jewish woman passing herself off as a Gentile during the occupation. Landa wipes out her whole family, and years later Shosanna finds herself in the right place at the right time to exact revenge. She makes her living as the owner and operator of a movie theater that will host the world premiere for "A Nation's Hero" -- the latest piece of cinematic Nazi propaganda from Joseph Goebbels -- and Landa has been put in charge of security for the gala event. However, unbeknownst to Shosanna, a small unit of Jewish-American soldiers, led by the fearless Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), also plans to attack the theater that night in order to assassinate the upper echelon of the Third Reich -- including Hitler himself. Laying his story out in five chapters, Tarantino manages to keep his densely populated tale clear; we always understand the character's goals, and see where they conflict with each other. And because Tarantino has such faith in himself as a writer, he fills each chapter with protracted verbal showdowns -- like the opener between Landa and the farmer -- that make an audience as white-knuckled as any conventional action scene. He knows well enough to punctuate all the verbal dexterity with blasts of kinetically staged violence -- it's hard not to flinch when Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (Eli Roth), one of Raine's men, uses a Louisville Slugger to bash in a Nazi's head. As memorable as the movie's violence is, Tarantino ratchets up the tension with his words -- and he's far more interested in the build-up than the release, something that might alienate those looking for a wall-to-wall bloodbath. Inglourious Basterds doesn't skip along swiftly, but anybody with a taste for Tarantino dialogue will savor every minute. Tarantino has always cast his films to perfection, and the performers here know how to get the most out of the ornate language. Brad Pitt uses a hilarious Southern drawl, and his attempts at speaking Italian are a comic highlight. As a German movie star spying for the Allies, Diane Kruger manages to be sexy, tough, smart, and flirty. But she isn't the only hard-nosed dame in the cast, thanks to Mélanie Laurent's striking performance; the French actress embodies both Shosanna's determination, as well as her fear, with equal aplomb. But as good as the entire cast is, Christoph Waltz walks away with the movie. His calmness makes the simple act of eating strudel more frightening that you could've ever thought possible. He exudes calm logic and mercilessness, and he plays Landa so matter-of-factly that even when the character does something unexpected it always seems thoroughly plausible. Although the actors are flawless, it is Tarantino whose name will go hand in hand with the film -- he is by the modern definition of the word an "auteur." It's impossible to miss the distinctive mark he puts on all his films, but as an artist he doesn't repeat himself. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are both crime films, but they are very different in structure -- just as the badass female leads in Kill Bill and Death Proof are the way they are for very different reasons. Because Tarantino keeps evolving as an artist, Inglourious Basterds might not be the movie you'd expect, but those who still worship at the altar of Tarantino will find ample reason to keep the faith.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Extended & alternate scenes; Nation's pride-the film within the film

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Lt. Aldo Raine
Mélanie Laurent Shosanna Dreyfus
Christoph Waltz Col. Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa
Eli Roth Sgt. Donnie Donowitz
Michael Fassbender Lt. Archie Hicox
Diane Kruger Bridget Von Hammersmark
Daniel Brühl Frederick Zoller
Til Schweiger Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
Gedeon Burkhard Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki
Jacky Ido Marcel
B.J. Novak Pfc, Smithson Utivich
Omar Doom Pfc. Omar Ulmer
August Diehl Major Hellstrom
Denis Menochet Perrier LaPadite
Sylvester Groth Joseph Goebbels
Martin Wuttke Hitler
Mike Myers Gen. Ed Fenech
Julie Dreyfus Francesca Mondino
Richard Sammel Sgt. Rachtman
Alexander Fehling Master Sgt. Wilhelm/Pola Negri
Rod Taylor Winston Churchill
Sönke Möhring Pvt. Butz/Walter Frazer
Samm Levine Pvt. Hirschberg
Paul Rust Pfc. Andy Kagan
Michael Bacall Pfc. MIchael Zimmerman
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey German Soldier/Winnetou
Petra Hartung German Female Soldier/Beethoven
Volker Zack Michalowski German Soldier/Edgar Wallace
Ken Duken German Soldier/Mata Hari
Christian Berkel Proprietor Eric
Annie-Sophie Franck Mathilda
Léa Seydoux Charlotte LaPadite
Tina Rodriguez Julie LaPadite
Lena Friedrich Suzanne LaPadite
Ludger Pistor Cpt. Wolfgang
Jana Pallaske Babette
Wolfgang Lindner Herrman #1
Michael Kranz Herrman #3
Rainer Bock General Sconherr
André Penvern Old French Veterinarian
Sebastian Hülk Hellstrom's Driver/Nazi Usher #1
Buddy Joe Hooker Gaspar
Carlos Fidel Pfc. Simon Sakowitz
Christian Brückner Kliest
Hilmar Eichhorn Emil Jannings
Patrick Elias Jakob Dreyfus
Eva Löbau Miriam Dreyfus
Salvadore Brandt Bob Dreyfus
Jasper Linnewedel Amos Dreyfus
Wilifried Hochholdinger German Company Sgt.
Olivier Girard Maxim's Waiter
Michael Scheel General Frank
Leo Plank Motorcycle Rider #1
Andreas Tietz Motorcycle Rider #2
Bo Svenson American Colonel
Enzo G. Castellari Himself

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Screenwriter
Simone Bar Casting
Lawrence Bender Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Olivier Carbone Casting
William Paul Clark Associate Producer
Carlos Fidel Asst. Director
Christoph Fisser Co-producer
Stephan O. Gessler Art Director
Jenny Jue Casting
Sally Menke Editor
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Bruce G. Moriarty Associate Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Lloyd Phillips Executive Producer
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Johanna Ray Casting
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Production Designer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Marco Bittner Rosser Art Director
Pilar Savone Associate Producer
David Scheunemann Art Director
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Erica Steinberg Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inglourious Basterds
1. Main Titles [1:51]
2. Chapter One: Once Upon a Time In Nazi-Occupied France [5:14]
3. If a Rat Were to Walk In [14:13]
4. Chapter Two: Inglourious Basterds [2:51]
5. Nein, Nein, Nein, Nein, Nein [4:02]
6. Hugo Stiglitz [2:03]
7. The Bear Jew [7:37]
8. Chapter Three: German Night In Paris [3:50]
9. Frederick Zoller [6:40]
10. Lunch With Goebbels [5:25]
11. Apple Strudel & Crème Fraîche [6:56]
12. A Film Just For the Nazis [3:14]
13. Chapter Four: Operation Kino [5:18]
14. Fightin' In a Basement [2:52]
15. La Louisiane [7:08]
16. Say Auf Wiedersehen to Your Nazi Balls [11:01]
17. A Mexican Standoff [2:26]
18. It's Called Suspicious [4:07]
19. Detective Landa [6:48]
20. Chapter Five: Revenge of the Giant Face [1:46]
21. Italian Escorts [4:52]
22. If the Show Fits, You Must Wear It [7:04]
23. That's a Bingo [6:03]
24. Nation's Pride [6:51]
25. Frederick Calls on Shosanna [6:10]
26. This is the Face of Jewish Vengeance [6:29]
27. Aldo's Masterpiece [2:36]
28. End Titles [3:43]


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