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Inglourious Basterds | 2009 | R | - 6.10.7

A group of mostly Jewish-American soldiers are let loose in German-occupied France during WWII with a simple mission: terrorize German soldiers by killing and maiming them in particularly grisly ways. When they find out that the leadership of the Third Reich is going to be attending a movie premiere in Paris, their leader (Brad Pitt) plans to use them to blow up the movie theater while a Nazi officer (Christoph Waltz) plots to capture them. Also with, Eli Roth, BJ Novak, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Samm Levine, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, Daniel Brühl, Mélanie Laurent and Julie Dreyfus. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. [2:32]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a woman on all fours while a man thrusts from behind (the man moans maniacally and we hear skin slapping as he thrusts).
 A man and a woman kiss tenderly. A man flirts with a woman but she is dismissive. A man asks a woman to put her foot in his lap, she does so and he removes her shoe (nothing sexual transpires). A man admires three young women and remarks about their beauty. A man kisses a woman's hand as a greeting in a few scenes.
 A woman wears a very short skirt that reveals stocking tops and garters, as well as a short top that reveals her bare abdomen and cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Many women wear low-cut evening gowns that reveal bare shoulders, backs and cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A man carves a swastika into the forehead of a man (we see the blade cutting into the skin, we see the skin opening, blood oozes from the wound and the man screams). A man holds a large knife to a man's face and carves a swastika into his forehead (we see the motions and blood on the tip of the blade and then we see the scarred man later).
 A man is shot and another man scalps him (we see sawing, hear tearing and then see blood on the head). Several soldiers with knives cut the scalps off dead men on the ground; we hear squishing and see very bloody head wounds and severed scalps. A guard's throat is slashed (we hear the slice and blood spurts).
 A man is killed by another man using a garrote around his throat (we see the cord breaking the skin as the man thrashes). A man lunges toward a woman, pushes her to the floor, straddles her and strangles her (she thrashes and struggles, then falls motionless).
 A man kills another man by forcing his fist in to the man's mouth (we hear crunching). A man kills a man by placing a pillow of his face and then stabbing him through it and into the face repeatedly (we see blood spurting).
 A man with a baseball bat strikes another man in the head (we see the head tip sharply on impact), the man falls over on the ground and is beaten repeatedly in the body and head with the bat (we see blood and the head is reduced to a flattened mass).
 During a shootout a man is shot in the crotch and legs several times, another man is shot in the crotch and legs repeatedly (blood spurts and holes open in their clothing), a man is stabbed in the neck repeatedly (blood pours), and several other people are shot and killed (blood spurts and bodies are thrown). A man is shot in the face repeatedly.
 A man is shot in the back three times and falls to the floor (we see blood on his clothing). A woman is shot in the stomach three times, she is covered with blood as she falls to the floor and writhes briefly. A man is shot in the head and another man is shot in the back (blood spurts). Three soldiers in a car are shot: blood splatters on the shattered windshield and one man falls out of the car. A man is shot in the back and falls to the ground. A man is shot in the chest twice and falls to the ground (we see bloody holes in his jacket).
 Many people are shot as they panic and run for theater exits when the theater bursts into flames. Several soldiers are shot and killed (blood spurts and their bodies are thrown). Three soldiers fire weapons into and through the floor of a house where people are hiding; we see some movement, then silence and one person covered with blood runs away from the house.
 A man pushes his finger into a bloody bullet hole in a woman's leg (she moans and we hear squishing and see blood). A man chained to a pole is whipped repeatedly (we see cuts open in his flesh and blood spurts). A man injects a woman in the leg with a syringe (she has a very bloody bullet wound in the leg).
 Bombs explode inside a crowded theater and a man is blown out of an upper floor window in flames (we hear him scream). We see a movie where a sniper shoots and kills many enemy soldiers.
 A man points a gun at another man's crotch, and the other man points his gun at the other man's crotch and cocks the trigger, while each threaten the other. A woman with an axe threatens to cut a man's hand off, and she then threatens his children (nothing happens). A man points a gun at a young woman running from a house but does not fire. We see people hiding under the floorboards of a house trying not to make a sound while a man who is looking for them sits above them.
 A man is tackled to the floor, a bag is placed over his head and he head-butts his captor (we hear a crunch). A woman grabs a man around the neck and then squeezes his nose with her fingers.
 A woman loads a gun. We see explosive devices strapped to the ankles of three men. We see a large image of a woman's head and she laughs maniacally. A plan is made to set a crowded cinema on fire.
 A soldier talks about having killed many soldiers while perched in a bell tower. A man talks about how another man beats his enemies brains in with a baseball bat. A man yells about soldiers having been beaten with a bat by an enemy group. A soldier talks about having survived an ambush where his fellow soldiers were killed. Two men yell at another man. A man questions another man about a Jewish family that has not been found since the German occupation of France. A man remarks to another man that he is "rounding up the Jews left in France." A man talks about leaving behind the disemboweled remains of their enemies. A man talks about a "master race."
 A man has a large scar across his throat (from ear to ear). A woman wears a leopard skin fur and a hat made of the same fur in the shape of a cat face. A man puts a cigarette out in a piece of strudel.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 26 F-words, 2 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling ("The Hangman," "The Jew Hunter," "Bear Jew," "Jew dogs," "Little Man," a man compares Jews to rats, Kraut, Jew hatin', Jerry, evil, golem, rotten eggs, devil, boorish, idiot), 5 derogatory terms for Africans, 6 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a bar scene, people smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at a celebration, a man drinks a shot of alcohol and smokes a cigarette in a bar, people at a party are shown drinking champagne, two men drink alcohol, a woman drinks wine, and a woman has a glass of wine on a table in front of her (we do not see her drink). A man snorts something that seems like snuff in a couple of scenes, a man prepares and lights a pipe, another man prepares and lights a pipe, a woman smokes a cigarette in a few scenes, a man smokes a cigarette, and a man and a woman smoke cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, the extermination of Jewish people, the Holocaust, antisemitism, dignity, survival, slavery, terrorist plots, boot legging, occupation, humanity, trust, revenge, torture, cruelty, lack of empathy, lack of mercy.

MESSAGE - Being totally merciless toward your enemy is justified if the enemy is really, really bad and merciless too. There are things more cruelly appropriate as revenge than killing someone.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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