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Inglourious Basterds

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Brad Pitt, Inglourious Basterds | CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Brad Pitt toys with a Nazi prisoner in Inglourious Basterds
Francois Duhamel

Inglourious Basterds

Current Status:
In Season
Wide Release Date:
Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt, Daniel Bruhl
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
War, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

From its spaghetti-flavored Sergio Leone opening to its bullet-riddled Sam Peckinpah coda, Quentin Tarantino’s riff on WWII (and WWII movies) is easily his best film since Pulp Fiction. Inglourious Basterds may be as reckless with history as it is with spelling, but who cares when the actors (and the audience) are having this much fun? Brad Pitt hams it up as a Southern-fried lieutenant leading a pack of Jewish GI avengers into occupied Paris to whack the Nazi high command during a glitzy movie premiere. Meanwhile, Christoph Waltz’s deliciously evil Gestapo gumshoe crosses paths with a French resistance fighter (Mélanie Laurent). EXTRAS on the two-disc special edition include a longer version of the film-within-a-film, Nation’s Pride; a look at Joseph Goebbels’ film industry; and a giddy Q&A with Pitt and Tarantino. A

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