The Inglorious Bastards

The Inglorious Bastards is an Italian movie from 1978, not to be confused with Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds or even Inglorious Bar Staff, a film I just made up. Starring Reese Wetherspoons. 

Inglorious Bastards & Barracuda double bill Quad

A loose remake of The Dirty Dozen, the “plot” follows an escaped group of prisoners in World War II. Like Tarantino’s movie, this ahistorical film uses the war as a backdrop for exploitation material. But with its wall-to-wall action, the movie is closer to Commando than Inglourious Basterds. Or The Expendables without the pensioners.

It’s not as fun as it should be, but The Inglorious Bastards has its moments. A standout scene sees the Bastards stumble upon some women bathing in a river, an image resembling a Led Zeppelin album cover. Then the naked ladies start firing machine guns, and it turns into the “Chicks who Love Guns” video from Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.

It’s very silly, even more so than Inglourious Basterds. Yes, sillier than the film in which Eli Roth kills Adolf Hitler. The body count is almost as high as the war itself, and the movie is densely packed with energetic violence. And you can see why Tarantino loves it, with its stripped-down action/women. But in the end, this warsploitation flick is more B-Team than A-Team.

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