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Inglourious Basterds 2009

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(538) IMDb 8.3/10

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.

Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent
2 hours, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth
Starring Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent
Supporting actors Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Jacky Ido, B.J. Novak, Omar Doom, August Diehl, Denis Ménochet, Sylvester Groth, Martin Wuttke, Mike Myers, Julie Dreyfus, Richard Sammel, Alexander Fehling
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 Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Do you know what, the film is so 'way-out''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, 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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41 of 48 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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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglorious Basterds" is a fictitious, visceral story of WW II in which a small group of American Jewish commandos led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine played by Brad Pitt turn the tables on Hitler and his Nazis. The movie is set in Paris during the German occupation. Besides Pitt, the major character is the Nazi "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa played by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. Landa is suave, intelligent, shrewd, and deadly. Waltz does an extraordinary job of acting in portraying this difficult character.

The movie movies swiftly and held my attention throughout its 150 minutes. The movie is violent and crude with many scenes of beatings, cuttings, and killings. It captures the brutality of the war. In the movie, while not in fact, the Nazis get a deserved and swift comeuppance. It is a movie of vengeance.

I was engaged with this movie but found it valuable to step back and remember that it is a work of fiction. Some intelligent criticism has suggested that in this film that roles of the Nazis and the Jews has, if not been reversed, at least been somewhat equated. As in some other WW II movies, German top leadership is portrayed as consisting of buffoons. Tragically, WW II did not happen like this.

The movie was absorbing, dark, and wrenching but not especially probing. I did not find it nearly as effective or entertaining as Tarantino's more recent movie, "Django Unchained". Christoph Waltz is oustandining in both films.

Robin Friedman
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By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I have read somewhere that Tarantino thinks this may be his masterpiece. He must be suffering from memory loss. Any Director that sets the bar so high with films like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction will struggle to match there brilliance. I thought the "Kill Bill" Series showed that he was coming back onto top form as the "go to" virtuoso director of modern movies. Unfortunately "Inglorious Basterds" is a bit of a miss step albeit it has its moments. It's Tarantino so certain parts are excellent and the dialogue scenes are especially strong. Brad Pitt however is neither fish not fowl as Lieutenant Aldo Raine the "Apache" leader of the Jewish gang of brutalised soldiers "the basterds" and the concept of a spaghetti-western-inspired war film works but never quite convinces.

When the film concluded I felt very flat about it. I have no problems with Tarantino re writing the ending of the Second World War. Similarly I thought Christoph Waltz's part as the "Jew Hunter" stole every scene in the film with his character Hans Landa deeply sinister yet surprisingly charming. This is the sign of true monster. The problem is that the "gang" themselves are forgettable other than for the grizzly "torture" scenes. The comedy is bit Laurel and Hardy, (the Italian accents scene is mildly funny) and it's a film full of film references and knowing cinematic pastiche which will be lost on many who may just see the violence. It also proves that the Germans must have a sense of humour since the portrayal of every German here is unflinchingly unsympathetic and on occasions borders on racism, and the yet the German government allegedly part financed it! Tarantino even "good in parts" is a much better prospect than most mainstream Hollywood directors and IBs has its moments but as for his best film or a thrilling return to form, "absolut keinen weg" as they say in Baveria.
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