Chris Nashawaty
August 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Inglorious Bastards

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson
director
Enzo G. Castellari
author
Sandro Continenza, Sergio Grieco

We gave it a B

From the moment Quentin Tarantino announced that his next project would be a remake of this obscure spaghetti WWII flick, The Inglorious Bastards has been hailed as a lost B-movie classic. If only. What it is, in fact, is a reasonably entertaining rip-off of The Dirty Dozen, with gentle giant Svenson (TV’s Walking Tall) and all-around cool customer Williamson (Black Caesar) leading a group of GI prisoners making a run for the Swiss border. Along the way they mow down Nazis, spy on skinny-dipping fräuleins, and swap macho one-liners. The action may be first-rate, but the dialogue is tough sledding. The set’s highlights include a rousing soundtrack CD, a couple of nostalgic docs, and a conversation between Tarantino and director Enzo G. Castellari, who’s barely able to get a word in edgewise. B

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