Inglourious Basterds 2009

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Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shoshanna 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 re...

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
Runtime:
2 hours 32 minutes

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Inglourious Basterds

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Quentin Tarantino
Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
Supporting actors Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel BrüHl, Eli Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Julie Dreyfus
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ja McLaughlin on 20 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This is the kind of movie only Quentin Tarantino seems able to get away with. A typically irreverent, cunning and scatological piece of flotsam that does everything against the accepted movie-making conventions but mostly works nonetheless.

Watching it, I kept thinking about all those `how to write a screenplay' courses and instruction books and reflecting on how the writing for `Inglorious Basterds' would probably fail all the standard academic criteria for success. Here is a 153 minute long movie that largely consists of lengthy conversations between two or more characters, usually sitting statically at tables and ranging around all sorts of commonplace chit-chat before getting to the point. The point, when eventually reached, then usually climaxes in a short, brutal moment of extreme violence. The film also pays scant attention to its titular characters, who are mostly just there to supply the key moments of violence. Tarantino prefers to turn conventions around and promote nominal supporting roles into the predominant leads. Finally, there's the intriguing awareness that this screenplay could probably be adapted as a theatre play with minimal change and a pretty modest budget. In fact, if somebody told you the whole thing was a filmed stage play you'd probably believe it.

Tarantino's usual indulgences are as much to the fore as ever - pastiche, self-awareness, smugness, overlength and endless movie references. The whole thing starts with a lengthy tribute to the opening of Once Upon a Time in the West and another long scene, involving the French heroine played by Melanie Laurent, looks like something lifted straight from a late-50s New Wave classic by Goddard or Truffaut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alex spencer on 24 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great Tarantino!! Christoph Waltz is wonderful as in Django. What more can I say.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
THE STORY:
During WWII, the Basterds of the title are a commando group dedicated to bringing death and bloody ruin to the Nazis in Europe. Meanwhile, a Jewish girl who escaped the murder of her family plots her ultimate revenge. Hunting both the Basterds and the girl is Colonel Hans Landa, an SS officer with a keen intellect and a ruthless reputation.

WHAT'S GOOD:
Cristoph Waltz puts in an excellent performance as Landa; managing to pull off the feat of being simultaneously charismatic and chilling. Michael Fassbender's turn as a British special agent attached to the Basterds is also particularly noteworthy. Add to these Tarantino's unique talent for stylishly delivered action sequences and you've got this film's three redeeming features.

WHAT'S BAD:
Tarantino, a master of the witty underworld-based flick, badly overplays his hand by attempting a war film. He is clearly attempting to homage the likes of 'The Dirty Dozen' (even going so far as to include the music used in that film's final set-piece) but fails to capture the wry, downbeat tone of those sort of movies. Similarly this film doesn't work as any other subgenre of war film either. It's too gung-ho and historically ridiculous to work as a serious war film and if it's a morality tale-type war film, then the moral seems to be that everyone, regardless of what their background is or what side their on, is basically a sadistic thug. Throw into the mix an appalling performance by Brad Pitt and a truly bizarre cameo by Mike Myers and you've got a recipe for disaster. Where the likes of 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs' benefit greatly from their fractured storylines, here we're just presented with a mess more unpleasant than the head of the German who gets his brains bashed out with a baseball bat.

OVERALL:
Proof that some writer/directors should really just stick with what they already know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. on 9 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not really a Brad Pitt fan. However, thanks to the outstanding performance by Weitz, this movie is well worth watching. A gazillion times better than the original.
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52 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Son Of The Rock on 8 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Where do you start with this peculiar film?
It is a mess but it includes some magnificent moments of sheer virtuousity. The acting is generally highly accomplished with the exception of Brad Pitt who appears painfully constipated throughout. His part requires minimal effort and it seems that that was all Pitt was prepared to make. Having said that it may be Tarantino's directing to blame for Pitt's wooden approach.
On the other hand Christoph Waltz is simply incredible. His performance is a tour de force with a skilfully delivered balance achieved between palpable menace and grotesque comedy. Waltz is a significant find; a towering talent whose skills in this film deserve recognition with an Oscar. It is worth watching just for his performance alone. The opening scene is deftly done and appears to promise an intelligent adult film that Hollywood did so well in the late sixties and early seventies but the film from there onward fluctuates between farce and magnificence.
There is an excellently choreographed set-piece in a Parisian cellar bar that is reminiscent of the best of Sergio Leone and much of the film is a homage to the classic Spaghetti Westerns of the sixties as well as Sam Pekinpah. Even the musical score brings to mind those great Westerns. However, too much of the film is downright infantile and ridiculous with little sense of direction.

Worth watching once but only once. Borrow.
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