Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ gets August release date

Quentin Tarantino is sticking to his guns, literally and figuratively. He’s really going to stick with the spelling of Inglourious Basterds for his Brad Pitt-starring WWII film. It’s official, and now the film has an official release date – August 21, 2009. In the halcyon days of summer blockbusters, late August releases were considered a fate worse than death. All of the good summer movies were released in May, June and July, and by August people were tired of explosions and the kids were getting ready to go back to school. However, the times they are a changin’. And Inglourious Basterds isn’t the traditional summer-blockbuster fare.

Controversial director Quentin Tarantino’s take on World War II will hit movie theaters on August 21 2009, the studios behind the highly-anticipated film called “Inglourious Basterds” said on Wednesday. Tarantino often takes a long time between projects. His last movie was a 2007 combined feature called “Grindhouse” made with director Robert Rodriguez, but he has not single-handedly directed a film since the 2004 “Kill Bill: Vol. 2.”

The director’s oddly spelled World War II epic “Inglourious Basterds” stars actor Brad Pitt, and production began in Europe in October. Pitt plays a U.S. army lieutenant leading a group of soldiers operating behind Nazi lines, terrorizing the enemy.

“Inglourious Basterds” reportedly borrows from Spaghetti Westerns, the mostly Italian-made films of the 1960s and ’70s that combine brutal violence and lyrical, fairytale-like qualities in a different take on Hollywood cowboy movies. The film was inspired by the 1978 World War II movie “Quel maledetto treno blindato,” also called “The Inglorious Bastards,” from Italian director Enzo Castellari.

The August 21 release date of “Inglourious Basterds” is for the U.S. and Canada, and dates remain undetermined for its international release, said The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures, which are jointly presenting the film.

Tarantino, who won an Oscar for his 1994 “Pulp Fiction” movie script, made the martial arts epics “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003) and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” (2004). The first film made $181 million worldwide and the sequel grossed $152 million, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo. Critics say Tarantino’s films trivialize and stylize violence, but the director has a devoted fan base and has received numerous awards, including the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for “Pulp Fiction.”

[From Reuters]

I am one of those people in Tarantino’s “devoted fan base” but Tarantino’s films are often right on the knife’s edge of “too violent”. Some of the most violent stuff in the Kill Bill movies made me a little sick, but I got over it. Word around the Inglourious Basterds production is that Tarantino is still devoted to his particular brand of stylized violence, and that this is going to be one twisted, leave-it-all-on-the-field film. Some have even reported that Pitt’s character is some kind of “hillbilly sadist”, but as always, the production script and details have been kept tightly locked up.

Tarantino has often remarked on his love of Spaghetti Westerns, singling out Sergio Leone’s films with Clint Eastwood (Fistful of Dollars, etc). Blending that kind of Western anti-hero within a WWII film is interesting, and Tarantino will most likely make it work. The only question I have is whether people will be lining up for this film because it’s Brad Pitt, or Quentin Tarantino?

Production stills via Agent Bedhead


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  1. geronimo says:

    The spelling is deliberate. The group is set up by Pitt’s character who is illiterate! The title takes its name directly from that.

    I’m a QT fan so would love to see this do well. Apart really from Reservoir Dogs, I’ve never been that bothered by violence in his films – possibly because it’s always so OTT cartoonish or something…

  2. jennifer says:

    When he was a young man, I never thought much of Brad Pitt. But he’s definitely one of those “gets better looking as he gets older” men, and NOW…well, let’s just say I likey hehe. Oh, and Fight Club. He was SMOKIN’ HOT in Fight Club.

    I like Quentin Tarantino – not a huge fan but I definitely like his movies – but “hillbilly sadist” reeeeeeeeally makes me wanna go see this one…LOL!

  3. Kaiser says:

    I totally didn’t know that, Geronimo! So Pitt’s playing an illiterate hillbilly sadist. *polishing Oscar trophy case*

  4. dr.grrl says:

    big love for both QT and BP!

    this should be fun, and violent, but that’s what makes a QT movie the best!

  5. geronimo says:

    From Tarantino.info: “Pitt’s character is described as not “your Warner Brothers 1950’s WW2 hero … this is a hillbilly straight from the mountains of Tennessee.”

    Kaiser – In a nutshell! I read about the title spelling a few months ago on some film site and the QT fans over on imdb also confirm it. It really does sound like it’ll be a good laugh!

    Edit: @Debra – it’s Pitt’s CHARACTER that’s illiterate – what’s to overlook? Why look for offence where none exists?

  6. debra77 says:

    I can’t wait to see the film. August seems so far away.. I don’t know about the illiterate comment, I know that the character is southern.. I am too so the illiterate comment, I will over look.. I am a big fan of Mr. Pitt. I have enjoyed most of his movies, but must admit I have enjoyed his choices in the last 4 years more so. He has grown a great deal.. and YES, I find Mr. Pitt more sexy and attractive today then 10 years ago. The pretty boy thing is not my thing. I wish those who criticize him would do a little research.. go back about 7 to 10 years ago. How many of the “MEN OF THE MOMENT” are still relevant today. I’m not just talking about looks. But how many of those men are still in the media eye.. I bet you could not name more the 3 or 4. He has staying power. That is a testiment in my opinion to talent and being able to adapt and grow in an industry that is always looking for the “next best thing”. I saw Brad on the Charlie Rose show and at the end of it he pronounces the name of IB.. I loved the way it sounded. I swooned a bit. Looking forward to the Red Carpet awards… Pitt porn is being prayed for.

    I also have to say for the most part I enjoy this site. It has its moment of greatness.. Like to debate.. And it is nice to run into others with different opinions who and express those differences in an intelligent way, without acting like 12 year olds.

  7. LoLThe truth says:

    No way. He’s one man in Hollywood that isn’t getting better looking with age. The opposite is happening to him.

  8. LoLThe truth says:

    Every movie he’s in should use the CGI that they used in the Overrated Button movie. That’s the only way he looks good now. with tons of CGI!

  9. KC says:

    Jennifer is that you?

  10. Mayi says:

    I won’t see anything he is in. He gets away with too much and thinks so much of himself that he cares little of others feelings. Hates the media but shoves his family at us. Selling pictures, every interview sounds so fake….how everything is just so perfect. He can’t be much of an actor because his real life is overacted. Peace

  11. Bodhi says:

    I’m TOTALLY gonns see this! I love QT! I can’t handle “Reservoir Dogs” either, G. But I haven’t had a problem with anything else.

    I just told my husband (heehee!) about it & almost dropped his plate in excitement!

  12. Faye says:

    Definately not getting any better looking with age, acting is getting worse, just not into Brad Pitt anymore. Am not excited for the release in August, could care less.

  13. jennifer says:

    January 2nd, 2009 at 12:16 am LoLThe
    Jennifer is that you?

    erm, ME? If you mean me, um, no, that’s not me – I said I DO think he’s gotten better looking with age, remember? LOL And if you DON’T mean me, well….nevermind LOL

    PS if you doubt me ask a mod re: IP addresses. Not that I care much, but yeah, if you’re looking for crap, ask them. :0)

  14. Randi says:

    LOL. As long as Brad was a pretty manchild sitting on the sofa at home or tanning at a beach, living an extended childhood, taking responsibility for none but himself, dressed up like a Ken doll, living la vida loca, making few movies and none that had any awards buzz, he was AOK with some of you. Now that Brad is a 45 year old grown man, a loving and totally supportive partner and father, looking tired and frazzled at times like all Dads of young children does, taking on the task of helping others like in NOLA, acting in critically acclaimed films with great directors, producing quality projects at his production company, THEN he is suddenly ugly and some of you are not into him anymore. Well that it as it should be, because he has become a grown delicious man who is certainly appreciated by grownup women, not juveniles like some of you must be from your comments.

  15. perpetua says:

    AH that picture makes it look like his neck got an red rash… guess it is just for the movie.

  16. vdantev says:

    Kill Bill part one was good, part 2 not so much. The less said about Grindhouse the better. Planet Terror was awesome in its stupidity. Death-proof bored me to tears. A movie that opens with a five minute shot of a girl’s bare feet on the dashboard is simply too damn weird.

  17. Gracie says:

    Why do some bother to comment and then say they don’t care about Brad or the movie one way or the other?

    I am looking forward to this movie. Here is why I love Brad:

    Especially in his young super hot days he could have ended up your basic Rom-Com go-to guy….but instead he chooses films that stretch him as an actor. Films that are deep or different or in some way unique and quirky. Plus he isn’t afraid to make himself look silly.

    I think that makes him more interesting.

    I am a little older and don’t happen to fancy younger men, so a 45-year-old Brad is right up my alley. I admit I have wondered about what kind of lover he is.

    Not sure how I’d find that out, though.

  18. Gracie says:

    @vdantev…I agree with you about the
    Grindhouse, Planet Terror and Death-Proof movies. My kids are super into those films and begged me to watch.

    I just could not feel engaged in any of the action or dialogue.

    I did enjoy Pulp Fiction (who could not love Samuel L. Jackson as Jules) and especially liked the two-part episode he did for CSI…the one where Nicky was buried alive.

    That was quite awesome.

  19. kassiopeia says:

    I won’t being seeing this – sorry Quentin! The Brangelina publicity machine has completely tired me out to the point where it seems the only escape from them is a darkened cinema.

  20. DD says:

    hehe randi, Brad is still that same guy from back in the day. He’s just playing a role to the liking of his new lady.
    Brad’s best roles are when he plays quirky characters, so I might see this one. I don’t like him as much in serious roles.

  21. bros says:

    amen randi. thank god he got himself away from the snooze rom-com princess before his career became stale and frozen. his roles have been great as of late. i loved him in burn after reading. still love him from legends of the fall.

  22. Amy says:

    Simon Pegg is in this, which makes it even more awesome. QT was a bit overexposed after Pulp Fiction and I was annoyed when they were heralding him as the new Scorcese after only two films, but I’ve grown to really enjoy his work. He’s an unabashed fanboy… sort of like Kevin Smith, but with talent.

  23. Jaded Envy says:

    Like fine wine he grows richer as he ages. I love Brad Pitt!

  24. Kim says:

    I guess it is another movie I am missing. I love Quentin Tarantino movies but for some reason, I cannot stomach Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for all those hours. And I am not alone.

  25. keltilass says:

    Good job Kaiser. Glad to see nothing much has changed from the peanut gallery. lol