Inglourious Basterds

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Brad Pitt, Hans Landa
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Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. Brad Pitt leads the cast as 1st Lieutenant Aldo Raine, leader of the Basterds. The Basterds are composed of renegade Jewish and non-Jewish soldiers whose mission is to sow fear and chaos among the Nazis in World War II.

Other members of the Basterds include Lieutenant Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender), Staff Sergeant Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz (Eli Roth), Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), Corporal Wilhelm Wicki (Gedeon Burkhard), Private First Class Smithson “The Little Man” Utivich (B.J. Novak), Private First Class Omar Ulmer (Omar Doom), Private First Class Gerold Hirschberg (Samm Levine), Private First Class Andy Kagan (Paul Rust), Private First Class Michael Zimmerman (Michael Bacall) and Private First Class Simon Sakowitz (Carlos Fidel).

Shosanna (Melanie Laurent), a Jewish woman whose family was murdered under the command of Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), is also seeking revenge. She resides in Paris at the present time and owns the cinema where the movie Stolz der Nation (Nation’s Pride) premieres. She conspires with her lover, Marcel (Jacky Ido), to set the cinema on fire to exact her revenge. Both the Basterds and Shosanna have been informed that Hitler will grace the premiere, and both plan to assassinate him that night. 

Tarantino wrote the script as early as 1998 but did not know then how to end the story so the project was shelved. He went on to work on Kill Bill (2003) and its sequel, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and Death Proof (2007), before working on Inglourious Basterds again.

Inglourious Basterd was released on August 21, 2009 and became Tarantino’s highest grossing film until Django Unchained in 2012.