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Inglorious Basterds: A Screenplay [Paperback]

Quentin Tarantino
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July 21 2009
With such iconic films as the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has become the most famous and revered writer/director of his generation. Now he's back with his most ambitious movie yet: the World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Starring Brad Pitt and filmed on location in Germany and France, it has the largest cast of characters of any Tarantino film to date. The movie will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009.

The action tale follows the parallel story of a guerilla-like squad of American soldiers called "The Basterds" and the French Jewish teenage girl Shosanna who find themselves behind enemy Nazi lines during the German occupation. When the Inglourious Basterds encounter Shosanna at a propaganda screening at the movie house she runs, they conspire to launch an unexpected plot to end the war. Pitt plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine-the leader of the Basterds. Raine is an illiterate hillbilly from the mountains of Tennessee who puts together a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers to hunt down the Nazis.

Filled with Tarantino's trademark electric dialogue and thrilling action sequences, Inglourious Basterds is destined to become one of the most talked about films of 2009 and a landmark in cinematic history.

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A wickedly astute and beautiful comedy. -- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

One of the year's best films. -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Ranks among Altman's best work ever....a superbly-written screenplay that has no equal this year. -- Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed films Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; Jackie Brown; Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2; and Death Proof. His other screenplays include True Romance, Natural Born Killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino finest writing yet Aug. 27 2009
By gilles
I've read all Tarantino's screenplay. I won't rate them all but Reservoir Dogs was great, Pulp Fiction was greater. But his newest Inglourious Basterds is his finest writing. With multiple language (all the screenplay is in english, but he tell, exemple, "Talking in GERMAN subtitle in ENGLISH) and variety of characters. Anyway, the greatest Tarantino screenplay yet.

Long live the BASTERDS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Loved the Movie, You Need this Screenplay Dec 31 2009
By The Boleyn Girl - Published on
After watching Inglourious Basterds for the fourth time in one weekend, I went out and bought its screenplay. I have to admit, it's the first screenplay I've ever read for any movie. Usually, watching the movie is good enough for me, but now I realize that screenplays can be just as good as novels. Tarantino is a master of dialogue. He really allows his characters to bring themselves to life throughout the screenplay, and here there is extra information about some of the main characters that I deeply appreciated. Of course, I can see that due to time constraints, the extra scenes couldn't be put into the movie, but they were wonderful to read. The biggest examples are probably the backstory of Sgt. Donny Donowitz (aka the Bear Jew) and also the real "origin of [Shosanna's] cinema ownership". There's also an extra Utivich scene, and some more mezmerizing hillbilly talk from Lt. Aldo Raine. If you didn't like the movie, well, this screenplay won't change your mind. It's still the same basic concept, obviously. But if you loved Inglourious Basterds like I did, then you will absolutely devour this screenplay.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a glorious film and screenplay Oct. 23 2009
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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is probably Tarantino's best film since PULP FICTION, and certainly is most ambitious in terms of theme and subject matter. The ahistorical World War II drama is at once a darkly humorous revenge fantasy and a criticism of revenge fantasies as a genre. It points out the audiences' similarities to the villians whose death the audience cheers.

The script has some interesting differences from the final film. Some scenes are shorten or removed. Others play very differently because of some minor changes in dialogue or staging.

What comes through clearly, both in print and in film, is Tarantino's gift for wholly artificially, but enthralling dialogue, and his incisive feel for character and scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any fan of the movie Sept. 12 2009
By Montia Garcia - Published on
Seriously a must have for any fan of the movie. The screenplay will answer most of your questions. There are many scenes that I find informative and entertaining that didn't make it into the movie. READ IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Nov. 14 2013
By Sam Fuller - Published on
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Tarantino's screenplays feel just as complete as his movies. They stand on their own. The screenplay is rich and laugh out loud funny. If you're an aspiring screenwriter, don't hesitate to devour this one over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino's Masterpiece (In Writing At Least) Oct. 3 2013
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As a big fan of Quentin Tarantino's work, I have never hesitated to watch his films constantly and read his screenplays (original-final drafts). Of course, you have big fan-favorites such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vo1. 1 & 2, and Django Unchained, but my God...
Inglourious Basterds is something to really read for any reader. Rarely have I ever read a script where I actually feel emotion in the description as well as the dialogue, which kind of makes me sad that many will not read the screenplay and just see the movie.
For me, I do love the movie, of course, but the screenplay is where my heart is and I really recommend it for any movie fan or reader. It will put you on edge, make you laugh, cry, and at times be horrified.
As far as writing goes, this is Tarantino's masterpiece. Check it out!
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