Inglourious Basterds

August 21st 2009
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 152 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, B.J. Novak, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall, Omar Doom, Sylvester Groth, Julie Dreyfus, Jacky Ido, August Diehl, Martin Wuttke, Richard Sammel, Christian Berkel, Sonke Mohring, Michael Fassbender, Mike Myers, Rod Taylor, Denis Menochet, Cloris Leachman, Maggie Cheung, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Writer: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino
  • Co Producers: Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
  • Associate Producers: William Paul Clark, Bruce Moriarty, Pilar Savone
  • Executive Producers: Lloyd Phillips, Erica Steinberg, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Art Direction: Sebastian T. Krawinkel
  • Castings: Jenny Jue, Johanna Ray
  • Costume Design: Anna B. Sheppard
  • D.O.P.: Robert Richardson
  • Editor: Sally Menke
  • Makeup: Pamela Grujic
  • Production Design: David Wasco
  • Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco


"Inglourious Basterds" (sic) begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own...

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Saxony, Germany
  • Production Companies: Lawrence Bender Productions, Neunte Babelsberg Film, Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company
  • Production Schedule: October 13th 2008 -

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In 2005, Quentin Tarantino was quoted as saying that he had written the script, a World War II story, but that he needed to convert it to a shooting script. He said that writing the script and preparing a shooting script were "two different things".

Quentin Tarantino started writing this movie before Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) but could not decide on a good ending and decide to put it on hold to do Kill Bill with Uma Thurman, a project he had been mentally preparing since Pulp Fiction (1994).

Quentin Tarantino has said that he intends for this to be as much a war film as a spaghetti western, and has said he considered titling the movie "Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France". He gave that title instead to one of the chapters of the film.

Quentin Tarantino worked on the script for almost a decade.

David Krumholtz dropped out due a scheduling conflict and Samm Levine took his place.

British actor Simon Pegg was originally set to play Lt. Archie Hicox but was forced to pull out of the project because of scheduling conflicts. Michael Fassbender replaced him.

Tarantino approached Adam Sandler to play Sgt. Donnie Donowitz. But Sandler had to turn it down because the schedule conflicted with the filming of Funny People (2009).

The role of Francesca Mondino was written especially for Julie Dreyfus, who played a similar character in Quentin's previous movie, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).

Nastassja Kinski was in talks for the role of Bridget Von Hammersmark; Tarantino even flew to Germany to meet the actress, but a deal wasn't reached.

The name of Brad Pitt's character, Lt. Aldo Raine, is a homage to actor Aldo Ray.

Eli Roth's character, Sgt. Donnie Donowitz, is part of the Tarantino-verse, sharing the last name of the film producer character, Lee Donowitz, in the Tarantino-written True Romance (1993). The Lee Donowitz character also produced a war film "Comin' Home in a Body Bag".

Isabelle Huppert was the first choice for Madame Mimieux. But the actress' behavior (too 'divistic') apparently irritated Quentin Tarantino so he replaced her with screen siren Maggie Cheung.

Michael Madsen was originally announced to star as a character named Babe Buchinsky.

Tim Roth was in talks with Tarantino to play Donnie Donowitz.

Tarantino originally wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play Hans Landa but decided that a German-speaking actor should play the role.

According to Eddie Murphy, he was in talks with Tarantino for a role in the film.

The scar on Aldo Raine's neck will not be mentioned throughout the film. However, it hints that Aldo survived lynching, a common punishment in the early 1900's.

Despite being Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino's first time working together, Brad had co-starred in True Romance (1993) (which was written by Tarantino).

The name of Mike Myers' character is a homage to actress Edwige Fenech.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 August 2009: France
  • 20 August 2009: Australia, Germany, Hungary, Russia
  • 21 August 2009: Turkey, UK
  • 28 August 2009: Norway, Sweden
  • 3 September 2009: Netherlands
  • 4 September 2009: Iceland
  • 23 September 2009: Belgium
  • 25 September 2009: Estonia
  • 2 October 2009: Finland
  • 16 October 2009: Brazil, Italy