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Lt. Aldo Raine terribly hates the Nazis and their adherents, so during the Second World War he decides to go directly to Germany occupied by France, where terrible events unfold. He arrives at the place and collects a special detachment of bold and decisive Jewish soldiers. A partisan nicknamed Apache plans to terrorize the Germans and destroy them by any means. Each of his soldiers will have to bring him a hundred Nazi scalpels at the end of a special mission, which he took off with his own hands. Together they will kill the invaders, not paying attention to the cries and moans of the enemies.
Gradually, the news of the cruel and merciless detachment quickly diverges in enemy territory, so Hitler himself sends officers to Hans Landa, who is considered the best specialist in finding Jews. He urgently needs to investigate this strange thing and find the “Inglourious Basterds”, which scare not only ordinary soldiers, but also commanders. This task is becoming the highest priority at the moment, but fearless partisans are not going to retreat and set themselves a new extremely important task – to kill Adolf Hitler himself during the premiere of another German masterpiece.
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.
Creators: Quentin Tarantino
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Star Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard
Producer (s): Lawrence Bender
Cinematographer: Robert Richardson
Production House: Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart
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Release Year: 21 August 2009 (USA)
Runtime: 153 min
Genres: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Language: English, German, French, Italian
Subtitles: English, Bengali
In 1941, SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa interrogates French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite as to the whereabouts of the last unaccounted-for Jewish family in the area, the Dreyfus family. Landa suspects that they are hiding under the floor and, in exchange for the Germans agreeing to leave his family alone for the rest of the war, LaPadite reluctantly confirms it. Landa orders his SS soldiers to shoot through the floorboards, killing all but one of the Dreyfus family; Shosanna, the daughter, escapes. As she runs, Landa decides to spare her.
In 1944, Lieutenant Aldo Raine of the First Special Service Force rounds up and recruits Jewish-American soldiers to the Basterds, a commando unit formed to instill fear among the German soldiers by killing and scalping them. The Basterds include Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz and Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, a rogue German soldier who murdered thirteen Gestapo officers. In Germany, Adolf Hitler interviews a young German soldier, Private Butz, the only survivor of a Basterd attack on his squad, who reveals that Raine carved a swastika into Butz’s forehead with a bowie knife so he could never hide the fact that he was a Nazi soldier.
Shosanna Dreyfus is living in Paris, operating a cinema under the name “Emmanuelle Mimieux.” She meets Fredrick Zoller, a sniper famed for killing 250 Allied soldiers in a single battle. Zoller stars in a Nazi propaganda film, Stolz der Nation (Nation’s Pride). Infatuated with Shosanna, Zoller convinces Joseph Goebbels to hold the film’s premiere at her cinema. Landa, who is the head of security for the premiere, interrogates Shosanna, hinting that he suspects her real identity. Shosanna plots with her Afro-French lover and projectionist, Marcel, to set the cinema ablaze during the premiere and kill the Nazi leaders who will attend.
Meanwhile, Intelligence Corps Lieutenant Archie Hicox is recruited to lead Operation Kino, a British plan to attack the premiere with the Basterds. Hicox, along with Basterds Stiglitz and Wilhelm Wicki, goes to a basement tavern in German-occupied northern France to meet with German film star Bridget von Hammersmark, an undercover Allied agent who will be attending the premiere in Paris. Hicox inadvertently draws the attention of Wehrmacht Sergeant Wilhelm and Gestapo Major Dieter Hellström with his unusual accent and mannerisms; he ultimately gives himself away by using a British hand gesture. Their covers blown, Stiglitz and Hicox shoot Hellström, triggering a gunfight that kills everyone in the tavern except Sergeant Wilhelm and von Hammersmark, who is shot in the leg. Raine arrives and negotiates with Wilhelm for von Hammersmark’s release, but she shoots Wilhelm when he lowers his guard. Raine, believing von Hammersmark set Hicox and his men up, tortures von Hammersmark, who convinces him that she is loyal to the Allies and reveals that Hitler will also be attending the film premiere. Raine decides to continue the mission. Later, Landa investigates the aftermath at the tavern and finds von Hammersmark’s shoes and a napkin with her signature.
At the premiere of Stolz der Nation, Omar Ulmer, Donny, and Raine attend the premier with timed explosives strapped to their ankles. To hide their inability to speak German, they pose as Italian guests of von Hammersmark. However, Landa is fluent in Italian, holding a brief, tense conversation with the Basterds before allowing Donowitz and Ulmer to take their seats. Landa takes von Hammersmark to a private room, verifies that the shoe from the tavern fits her, and kills her. Raine and another Basterd, Smithson “The Little Man” Utivich, are taken prisoner. Still, Landa has Raine contact his superior with the OSS and cut a deal: he will allow the mission to proceed in exchange for safe passage through the Allied lines, a full pardon and various benefits after the war ends.
During the screening, Zoller slips away to the projection room and attempts to force himself on Shosanna. She pretends to acquiesce, then pulls a pistol and shoots him. Zoller, mortally wounded, manages to shoot and kill her before he dies. As Stolz der Nation reaches its climax, Shosanna’s spliced-in footage tells the audience in English that they are about to be killed by a Jew. Having locked the doors of the cinema, Marcel ignites a huge pile of flammable nitrate film behind the screen as Shosanna’s image laughs and the theater goes up in flames. Ulmer and Donowitz break into the opera box containing Hitler and Goebbels, machine-gunning them both to death then firing into the crowd until the bombs go off, killing everyone in the theater.
Landa and his radio operator drive Raine and Utivich into Allied territory, where they surrender. Raine, however, shoots the radio operator before ordering Utivich to scalp him. Despite having agreed to Landa’s deal, Raine has him restrained and carves a swastika into his forehead, professing it to be his “masterpiece.”