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Inglourious Basterds


  • Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 American-German war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent

Inglourious Basterds facts

  • The film tells the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by a team of Jewish-American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine
  • Christoph Waltz co-stars as Hans Landa, an SS colonel tracking down Raine's group and who has a connection to Shosanna's past
  • The film's title was inspired by Italian director Enzo G
  • Castellari's macaroni combat film, The Inglorious Bastards (1978)
  • Tarantino wrote the script in 1998 but struggled with the ending and chose to hold off filming and instead direct the two-part film Kill Bill
  • After directing Death Proof in 2007 (as part of the double feature Grindhouse), Tarantino returned to work on Inglourious Basterds
  • A co-production of the United States and Germany, the film began principal photography in October 2008 and was filmed in Germany and France with a $70 million production budget
  • Inglourious Basterds premiered on May 20, 2009, at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival
  • It was widely released in theaters in the United States and Europe in August 2009 by The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures
  • The film was commercially successful, grossing over $321 million in theaters worldwide, making it Tarantino's highest-grossing film at that point, and second-highest to date, after Django Unchained (2012)
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