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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37 of 41 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on 26 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
It’s not usually a good thing for artists to peak early in their careers. Living up to the high standard achieved at this point is not easy. Quentin Tarantino set a high standard with Resevoir Dogs and nailed it with Pulp Fiction (certainly in my top ten of great films), but since then I believe that his work has steadily become self indulgent and uninteresting. Pulp Fiction was a fine film because it broke the rules regarding dialogue, making mundane conversation interesting. Its structure was taken out of chronological order, its characters were compelling and its nods to popular culture provided a solid framework. Most of all, it was fresh and unpretentious and above all, it worked.

Tarantino’s left-field approach has been applied to all of his major films and Inglorious Bastards is the latest to suffer. And boy, does it suffer.. The dialogue is mundane and it remains largely mundane, the structure comprises a series of set pieces which are linked only by the fact that they are broken up into overlong ‘chapters’, its characters are for the most part uninteresting and its frequent nods to other films turn it into a sort of ‘Spot the Reference’. He wallows in his knowledge of film and for me it’s becoming unbelievably tiresome. Here, we are drenched in the context of cinema from all sides and I felt as though I needed to find an island to stop myself from drowning. Write a film quiz book Quent, you might get my attention.

While the opening sequence is compelling, not least because of the Christopher Waltz character, a frightening mix of charm and evil, the rest of the film fails to live up to this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KATN on 6 Dec 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I think this is Tarantino's best film. I was really rocked by it the first time I saw it, and was confirmed in my impression by a re-watching. It is quite violent, even for a Tarantino film, but is very, very engaging. There are many unforgettable scenes and pieces of dialogue and acting, and it has a very satisfying ending. Everyone who is in this is at their best - Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Christopher Waltz, Til Schweiger, and, though this was the first thing I've seen her in - Mélanie Laurent - was excellent as well.
Waltz was brilliant as 'the bad guy', the kind of bad guy you really enjoy seeing on the screen yet despise at the same time and is convincingly threatening yet charismatic. As the biggest star by far, Brad Pitt could have made this film lopsided, but I think he fits into his role very well, and serves the scenes he's in without dominating them or pulling the focus towards him. I do think he is a very good actor.
Though I'm sure plenty would disagree, I think this is Tarantino's best, and I would be surprised (but also pleased) if he could better it. I really liked Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction in particular, and I think these are his top 3. But we shall see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alex spencer on 24 July 2014
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Great Tarantino!! Christoph Waltz is wonderful as in Django. What more can I say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Do you know what, the film is so 'way-out' ....it's actually pretty good.
Maybe the best thing 'Quentin Tarantino' has done so far ?
The film itself contains glimpses of a warped reality from 'World War '2' along with a measure of 'graphic' violence, and of course much 'tongue -in -cheek' humour.
The story ? ....a novel and of course fictional early end to the war, prior to which 'a hit-squad' are placed in occupied 'France' around the time of the 'Normandy' landings, task.....to kill as many 'German's' as they possibly can.
As i say the film is pretty entertaining to watch, and is no question 'worth a spin'
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