We all know that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has little to do with Enzo G. Castellari’s original 1978 warsploitation artifact besides the setting and the (purposely misspelled) title [update: I review Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, here], but who cares? This violent knock-off of The Dirty Dozen and other “impossible mission / war caper” thrillers is great fun and now it’s out on Blu-ray, which is surely more respect than anyone involved with this energetic Italian knock-off ever expected. Check out the new trailer for the original film:
The premise is pretty simple: A bunch of American soldiers in 1944 France, up for court martial and on their way to military prison, escape during a German attack on their convoy and head off for Switzerland. They’re a colorful group: a decorated flier (Bo Svenson) with a tendency to go AWOL to visit his girlfriend in London, a black private (Fred Williamson) charged with murder (he killed his redneck superior officer, or so he says to another racist in an American uniform), a deserter coward (Michael Pergolani), a scavenger (Jackie Basehart) with hippie looks and a slightly Italian accent, and the joker misanthrope (Peter Hooten) who screws with everyone out of sheer cussedness.