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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

  Movie House Memories #109
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Universal Pictures released Inglourious Basterds to theaters on August 21, 2009. Quentin Tarantino directed the film which starred Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Christoph Waltz.

Inglourious Basterds Movie Summary

In 1941, Shosanna, a jewish girl in France, hides beneath the floor of a farmhouse while SS colonel Hans Landa interrogates the farmer for the presence of hidden jews in the home. When they are found, Shosanna flees while the rest are gunned down.

Later, Lieutenant Raine recruits Jewish-American soldiers to fight in a special Army unit, the Basterds, to spread terror in the German army. They are known for killing and scalping Nazis and carving a swastika into the foreheads of the survivors. It works, and fear of the Basterds spreads through the German ranks.

Shosanna changes her identity and runs a movie theater in occupied Paris. She is romatically pursued by Frederick Zoller, a famous German sniper with a high body count. Zoller has starred in a propaganda film about his success in battle. Zoller convinces Joseph Goebbels to hold the premiere at Shosanna’s theater. Ultimately, it is decided that all of the German higherups will attend the premiere at Shosanna’s theater. Shosanna hatches a plan to burn the theater down with the German’s trapped inside.

Meanwhile, British Royal Marine plans an attack on the premiere at the theater. He teams up with the Basterds to go undercover and massacre the Nazis at the theater by meeting with a German film star, Bridget von Hammersmark. After nearly escaping a run-in with some German soldiers, von Hammersmark is shot in the leg, and the Basterds lose all of their German-speaking allies.

Hans Landa is in Paris. He investigates the shooting, and he finds von Hammersmark’s shoe and a napkin with her information. Raine comes to the primer posing as an Italian filmmaker, along with two other Basterds. Lands is at the premiere and quickly figures who the Basterds are. He takes von Hammersmark to a private office, interrogates her, and then murders her when he confirms she has been working with the British and Americans. Raine and another Basterd are taken prisoner. However, Landa makes a deal for immunity and allows the mission at the theater to proceed.

Back at the theater, Zoller comes calling for Shosanna, but she’s not interested, and the two them shoot each other to death. Shosanna’s man locks the Nazis in the theater and starts the fire. At the same time, the two remaining Basterds at the theater enter Hitler’s box at the theater and open fire on the Nazis as the try to escape the fire. As the fire burns, a bomb the Basterds suck into the theater explodes, killing everyone there.

Finally, as Landa and Raine reach allied territory, Banda honors the agreement with Landa for immunity, but only after Raine carves a swastika into Landa’s forehead, proclaiming that this one might just be his masterpiece.


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  • Eddie

    Great podcast. You should really see hurt locker Chris, it’s a great film. I’m predicting none of the others will put Over the Edge in their top 100, that seems like more of a LTMR review. As far as Avatar goes, I see little chance of the sequels bombing. the original was such a phenomenon in China back when China was sort of an untapped market with regards to Hollywood films. Now box office has grown so much there that something like Warcraft can make 400 mill there alone. because of those factors I wouldn’t be surprised if Avatar 2 makes a close to a billion in China alone. And I’m sure 20th century fox knows this. I follow the industry trends pretty closely, box office is way down in this country and has been for sometime. Many Hollywood blockbusters really aren’t made for the US anymore.

    • MHMChris

      I agree. I think that’s one of the reasons why HBO, Netflix, et al are doing so well right now. They have stories made for the US market, and you can watch them in the comfort of your own home on a 49″ $350 4k TV. Why go to a theater and spend $60 (or more) on an average movie for tickets and concessions? What is the better value for your money?

      As far as the Avatar sequels, I think they will make tons of money in China too. That film has connected with the Chinese people where Star Wars has failed; even with Disney casting two of China’s biggest action stars in the film. 20th Century Fox is probably banking on Avatar succeeding in China again, but given their success with The Revenant in Russia in 2015, I’m going to guess they will be looking for big returns in other countries too.

      Warcraft’s success in China was always a given I think based on the popularity of the game in that country. I still don’t know what people see in the The Fast and the Furious franchise though. I guess they are not for me.

      …and you’re the second person to recommend The Hurt Locker to me. I am a fan of Jeremy Renner and have that film on my list to see.

      • Eddie

        Going back to Tarantino, I think he’s sort of turned into a parody of himself. You said you are sick of his extreme violence, I also was sick of that and his trademark dialogue as well in hateful eight. I wonder what the other Tarantino film that is in Patrick’s top 100 since this and Pulp Fiction are his 2 most acclaimed films. Surprised none of you mentioned Mike Myers in Basterds it was sort of an odd moment of stunt casting for no apparent reason.

        • MHMChris

          Well, Quentin is developing a film about the Manson Family murders, so I’m assuming his ultra violence will continue. IDK what Patrick’s other top 100 Tarantino film is; I assume Reservoir Dogs, but haven’t asked him.

          Mike Myers was a stunt for sure. I feel like he was cast just so he could keep his SAG card, but unless it’s ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer,’ I don’t have a lot to say about him.