Inglourious Basterds Gets an Official August Release Date
by Alex Billington
December 31, 2008
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…