In German-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. Written by
The Massie Twins
If you listen carefully to the back ground music at some scenes, the director has used the theme song from the movie Black of the Sun, starring Rod Taylor as a mercenary based in the Congo during the 1960s. Rod Taylor plays Winston Churchill in the movie. See more »
Hans Landa, who is an Austrian-German SS officer, is shown to be wearing the Germanic Proficiency Runes - an award which would have been impossible for him to earn. The Germanic Proficiency Runes were intended solely for the Germanic-SS, which were collaborationist groups set up in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway to mirror the General-SS in Germany. The runes were also very rare and only awarded to a handful of foreign SS collaborators at the end of 1944. The Germanic Proficiency Runes were never awarded to members of the regular SS in Austria and Germany. See more »
Very entertaining, that's for sure. Great little moments "inspired" by other movies. "The Guns Of Navarone", "Operation Crossbow" and a myriad of 70's B exploitation Italian movies. Tarantino is certainly clever and knows how to use the camera but then, I have to say it, nothing. The childish "divertimento" dressed in smart ass dialog remains there. The entertainment value is, perhaps, the most one should expect from a movie but it seems a damn shame that such a talent should be put at the service of something so one dimensional. I can't help but remember Ernst Lubitch's "To Be Or Not To Be" that was also a comedy with remarkable, inventive dialog but it also had so many other layers that "To Be Or Not To Be" after 70 years still resonates with whoever has seen it. Christoph Waltz is terrific and Brad Pitt is always great fun to watch but the experience is purely epidermic in spite of some truly gruesome moments. Am I expecting oranges from an apple tree? If that's so forget what I've just said and run to meet Tarantino's basterds.
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