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Inglourious Basterds

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Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 film about a fictitious Nazi-killing unit within the U.S. Army during World War II.

10 out of 10 stars.  I’m not a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s films, but this one is hilarious and I never get tired of it.

The film begins in France during World War II with the murder of a family of dairy farmers who happen to be Jewish by SS Colonel Hans Landa.  One child, eighteen year-old Shoshanna, gets away.

Meanwhile, a special unit is formed for killing Nazis led by Lt. Aldo Raine who is part Native American.  He tells his men they are going to make the Nazis fear them through Apache tactics.  All of his men are Jewish American soldiers, but within a few years they have two German-born soldiers in their midst as well.  And their fame is because they can get even the most stalwart of Nazis to tell them what they want.  They beat Nazis to death with baseball bats, scalp them, and for the lucky few who give up secrets and are set free they give them a nice swastika tattoo on their forehead, carved in with Aldo’s bowie knife.

Fast forward four years and Shoshanna, Landa, and the Ingourious Basterds all converge on Paris at the same time.  Shoshanna now runs a movie theatre and the latest Nazi film, that of a Nazi soldier who killed more than 400 people from a tower, is being shown for Hitler in her theatre.  That this has fallen in her lap is a small miracle and the opportunity she has waited for to avenge her family’s deaths.  The silver film in her storage is more flammable than anything else.  So she plots to burn the place down with all the Nazi leadership inside.

The U.S. Army and the French Resistance know nothing of Shoshanna’s plot.  They have their own plot.  A famous actress by the last name of Von Hammersmark is going to get them into the premier where they can blow up Hitler and his generals.  That plans goes terribly awry.  Fortunately, Shoshanna’s doesn’t.

One of my favorite scenes in this film is at the end when Landa has made arrangements with Aldo’s boss to defect and be given asylum and a beautiful house in Martha’s Vineyard.  Aldo’s not crazy about the idea of a Nazi living in his country, so he gives Landa the famous swastika scar on his forehead.

10 out of 10 stars.  There is foul language, gore, and a no nudity that I can remember.  There are also a lot of laughs.


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