Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, who conceived it as a homage to World War II-era "spaghetti" war films. The film tells the story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema owner, and the other by a team of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds." The film's title is a reference to the 1978 Italian war film The Inglorious Bastards.
The film was well received by critics and was a commercial success. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, who won for his portrayal of SS officer Hans Landa. The film's cast also includes Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Mélanie Laurent.