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Inglourious Basterds

8.32 h 32 min2009X-Ray18
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.
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Christoph WaltzDaniel BrüHlEli RothSamuel L. JacksonMike MyersMichael FassbenderJulie Dreyfus
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4.6 out of 5 stars

7150 global ratings

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Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 October 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Rubbish - Apart from the First Scene ...
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The whole idea of an Jewish-American 'retribution squad' is ridiculous. Only complete psychos can murder people in cold blood like that and not be affected, hence the later development of the gas chambers to relieve soldiers and special policemen from having to shoot women and children. Anyway, almost all that really evil Nazi stuff occurred later in the war and well behind the Molotov-Ribbentrop Line in Eastern Europe and the Western parts of the Soviet Union, so nobody knew about it - let alone pre-D-day Allied forces. They didn't have a clue what was going on in far Eastern Europe. In fact they never even got there, it was the Russians who stumbled onto the death camps.
My point is that Jews in the US would, at this point in history, have no reason to act in this way towards 'Nazis' because they wouldn't have known anything about the so-called 'Final Solution'. The sergeant that is cruelly beaten to death in the second act, was not a Nazi, he had not party badge and he was merely a member of the Wehrmacht - a common German soldier and not even an SS man. To be asked if he got the Iron Cross for 'killing Jews' is an insult to soldiers everywhere.
Finally, it is well-known that in WW1 and later in WW2 when US troops first arrived in Europe, most of them were rubbish. They didn't know anything about survival in combat except for running away and had to be taught by Brits how to behave. So on that level this is pure gung-ho propaganda.
The first scene - with Christopher Waltz as the SS Standartenführer - was excellent, but again was historically inaccurate. The Germans were not actively hunting Jews at this time and even if they were, a Standartenführer - the equivalent of a full colonel - a staff officer - would not be driving around the countryside interviewing farmers. He would leave that up to captains and below.
An entertaining film on a very base level, I suppose, but really annoying and insulting to anyone, Jewish or German, with a modicum of intelligence or knowledge of the realities of Europe in WW2. One star for Christopher Waltz and one for Denis Ménochet in the brilliant first scene, and that's it.
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Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino Marmite - You Will Love It or Hate It
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Obviously this isn't an accurate portrayal of events taking place during WW2 nor is it intended to be, so if that is important to you then of course you will not enjoy this film. Tarantino rewrites some major aspects of that so be prepared. But some aspects of a German occupied France are realized incredibly well I think with great, terrifying realism - starting with the brilliant and incredibly tense opening scene of the 'Jew Hunter' (played fantastically by Waltz) inspecting a French dairy farmer's home in an attempt to discover an unaccounted-for Jewish family. Yes, a member of the German intelligence agency carrying out this role would be unlikely given that the Germans assigned such roles to French collaborators, but the experience of such a situation is what's captured so horribly wonderfully. The tension is unbearable and I think scenes like this in the film represent some of Tarantino's best directional work at the more subtle end of his often very violent offerings. It's a theme that runs well throughout the film - the fear and tension of being uncovered - and often this is partly created by relatively slow-paced scenes to help build the tension, but for me the film never drags or seems unnecessarily long because of it. It helps to represent the desperate desire for an uncomfortable situation to end as quickly as possible.

Beyond the expected violence, for me this film overall has a different feel and tone to it from Tarantino's other classics and I think this works well, but the film like many from Tarantino is split into chapters, with three main story arcs coming together through them with Waltz essentially being the link that ties them all together. Often in these three main stories the actors are speaking in German, French or Italian (Waltz manages all three with perfection) with subtitles and I think this also works very well given the setting and their roles and especially where a lot of the time these languages are being spoken by non-nationals trying to impersonate the opposite and not be discovered for it.

And all of the actors with the exception of Pitt, who for me was sometimes a little too punchy and camping it up just slightly too much (this isn't Planet Terror, Brad!) were incredible in this film and are a big part of making it so watchable . Waltz really is incredible in his role, as was Fassbender in his role as a British spy and Kruger especially also really stood out for me in this film. It was impossible not to wonder if her role as a German actress double-agent who collaborates with the French was inspired by Marlene Dietrich and she plays the role perfectly.

Tying a lot of this together is (not surprisingly given it is Tarantino and a wartime setting) some very graphic and gory violence. One scene in particular with a baseball bat was pretty uncomfortable but at other times , such as one or two of the shoot-outs, the violence seems pulp-like and comedic such as you would find in other Tarantino films, which would be my only minor criticism really. It is indeed a long film as the 2 and a half hours or so aren't filled with non-stop action sequences or endless special effects and it is indeed a violent film, and one which is fantasy/fictitious and not historically accurate - so if any of those things are likely to bother you then you probably wont enjoy it much!
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MichaelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Some say the pace is sometimes slow, but they're not really paying attention.
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The opening scene is one of my very favourites film scenes. Some people say it's slow, but the tension and Waltz's subtle shifts are excellent.

Brad Pitt's acting is the weakest part of the film, surprisingly. His voice seems very forced and unnatural.
There's a weird cameo (British General) too!
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Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Quentin Tarantino puts his trademark zest for snappy dialogue (though this time, spoken mostly in French and German) and graphic violence to good use in this fabulously gory, terrifically twist-laden World War II flick.

The plot takes plenty of creative licence with reality, and bears little relation to what actually happened during the infamous conflict. Sufficed to say though, history lessons might be a mite more exciting if events had gone down this way.

Despite Brad Pitt being top-billed, the movie is most definitely an impressive ensemble piece of international actors giving it their all, and by the end it would take almost psychic guesswork as to who is actually left alive.

Even though it runs for nearly three-hours, everything just flies by, as scenes full of tension and suspense take you to the edge of your seat (and probably off it OUCH).

Basically, it's yet another highly impressive piece of cinema to add to the resume of an arguably great director. So there. 8/10
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Can't say I thought much of this. First scene was pretty good but then it just became stupid, violent and unpleasant. I appreciate this is Tarantino and violence can have its place but this was just ... unpleasant. The Jewish American unit were brutal and as bad as the Nazis and the story just was too implausible.
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JakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another triumph from Tarantino
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Although this doesn't quite reach the peak of director Quentin Tarantino's best efforts, it is still fantastic despite that. This is thanks to the great cast, superb pacing, great script, solid action scenes with a glorious violent streak to each of them, the soundtrack is top-notch, the plot is engrossing throughout, it has its entertaining moments and the production quality is high. Yes, I would have liked some more character depth but thankfully the majority of the main characters are unique enough that they are at least not boring to watch.
stephen ChestersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino at his best
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No spoilers but this film is fantastic, it is in my top 5 of Tarantino's films, a fantastic alternative look at the nazi occupation and everything that entails ,funny ,gory,and an absolute riot ,ten out of ten ,a must own
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CraigReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must Watch Movie
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From its tense opening to its explosive ending Inglorious Basterds is one of the best movies of the 2000s. With its cast of memorable characters and great acting, especially from Christoph Waltz who deservedly won an Oscar for is performance, Quentin Tarantino crafted a terrific movie that any movie fan should see.
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