Inglourious Basterds

Director Quentin Tarantino

Producer Lawrence Bender

Production companies A Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg Film

USdistribution The Weinstein Company

International distribution Universal Pictures International

US release date August 21

Worldwide gross $311.8m

Best picture chances

The biggest hit of Tarantino’s career to date, Inglourious Basterds was also embraced by audiences and many critics as his best. Indeed, this gung-ho war movie surprised many who thought it would be a bloody Dirty Dozen-style action epic and instead were given a series of long, dialogue-heavy scenes, mostly in French and German, and revolving around an attempt by a French Jewess to sabotage Nazi high command at a film premiere. The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best picture (drama).

What Screen said

“Even though there is some action and a fair smattering of Tarantino’s customary blood-spilling, the film-maker devotes much of Inglourious Basterds’ running time to dialogue. As might be expected, Tarantino the screenwriter shows off his ear for a witty back-and-forth or monologue with flamboyant frequency.”

Mike Goodridge