Inglourious Basterds hits cinemas
DURING World War II a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.
The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theatre in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
The film is set in an alternate history of the Second World War in which the entire top leadership of Nazi Germany, namely Hitler, Goering, Goebbels and Bormann attend a film premiere in Paris celebrating the exploits of a German sniper who had managed to kill 250 American soldiers in Italy.
The timeframe of the film is set in early June 1944, after the D-Day landings but before the liberation of Paris.
The film tracks the separate attempts to kill Hitler by two disparate forces, one being The Basterds, a motley crew of Jewish-American soldiers out for revenge against the Nazis.
The Basterds have a modus operandi whereby each soldier must cut off the scalp of a dead Nazi soldier.
The Basterds allow one German soldier to survive in order to spread the news of the terror of their attacks. However, the Basterds carve a swastika into the forehead of that German.
The other force concerns Shosanna, the only Jewish survivor of an attack led by the "Jew Hunter" that had killed all her family.
The Basterds and Shosanna remain unaware of each other throughout the film.
Directed and written by Quentin Tarantino, stars Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger.