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Inglourious Basterds Gets an Official August Release Date

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December 31, 2008

Inglourious Basterds

The Weinstein Company has officially set the release date for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds as August 21st, 2009. The only other films also slated for release at that time include Final Destination: Death Trip 3D and the comedy The Goods: The Don Ready Story. Tarantino's films have never been the biggest box office hits. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 opened on October 10, 2003 and earned $70 million at the box office; Kill Bill: Vol. 2 opened on April 16, 2004 and earned $66.2 million. It's very likely Inglourious Basterds will also have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in early May as well.

As excited as I am for Inglourious Basterds, I'm also considerably concerned about The Weinstein Company's plans for it. This decision to slate its release in late August is the first of many decisions that I fear may eventually hurt the potential success of this movie. But all that aside, I'm sure Tarantino has made a great movie in the end and we'll get to see that no matter when TWC puts it out. I only just wish movies like this were marketed as well as they should be. But then again, we haven't seem much actual marketing for this yet anyway. We'll leave you with an updated synopsis for those who have never read the script.

Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own…

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  • I was just talking about this movie at work today. Huge QT fan. I can't wait.
  • Al
    good news. this along with Watchmen are the films that i expect to make 2009 a great year in film.
  • jeffcdo
    Still waiting on that full-length Kill Bill !!
  • Richard
    Yeah where the hell is that Directors Cut we were promised, I still don't have those on DVD for that reason.
  • cali
    can't wait to see what direction tarantino plans to take with this one. im hopeing that it might be a play on the 1950s ww2 films. of course with him you never know. either way deffinetly expecting this to be unique.
  • LeeMan
    im not particularly sold on this film. the synopsis doesnt seem like it would be a box office draw. Take grindhouse, it had terrific reviews but it turned out to be the biggest flop of 2007, and this movie might suffer the same fat. i also doubt this movie will be released without some sort of controversy regarding the title, even tho basterds is spelled with an e
  • Al
    #5, In regards to the direction Tarantino is taking, years ago when this film was nothing more than an unfinished screenplay, he stated that this would be in the vein of a Spaghetti Western. It appears that he may still be going that route considering the rumor of Ennio Morricone doing the films score.
  • britain
    The screenplay was awesome. If the final movie lives up to it, it will be great and on par with QT's best.
  • Fisherr
    Pitt and Kreuger....Wanted to see that form a long time Cant wait.
  • MonkeyMan
    Looks like Ellen DeGeneres holding an axe in that picture. I know it isn't her though.
  • Bubba Ho Tep
  • smacky
    it's over Johnny.... IT"S OVER
  • I saw that movie, Loved the stars.

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