Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the "Inglorious Basterds" cast is one of the few casts that Tarantino did not put himself into. "Inglorious Basterds" (2009) is a fictional account of the end of World War II. What makes this movie work is the chemistry between the members of the "Inglorious Basterds" cast and how well the movie is directed.

  1. Lieutenant Aldo Raine - Brad Pitt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is part American Indian and part Jewish. His job is to lead the band of American soldiers known as the Basterds behind German lines and kill as many Nazis as they can. Pitt plays the part extremely well and sums up his character's inspiration by saying "Our business is killing Nazis and, cousin, business is booming!" Raine is one of the more interesting characters in the "Inglorious Basterds" cast because he never loses his cool and he always seems to be in control of just about any situation.

  2. Colonel Hans Landa - Christoph Waltz. Hans Landa is an SS detective given the nickname "The Jew Hunter" for his ability to find Jews in hiding. Waltz presents a character that seems refined and dedicated to his job on the outside, but proves to be self-serving and very dangerous on the inside.

  3. Shosanna Dreyfus - Melanie Laurent. Shosanna is the female hero of the movie that is chased from her home by Landa after Landa kills her family. Later on, she assumes a new identity and is given the chance to avenge her family by killing every high-ranking officer in the Nazi party, including Hitler.

  4. Bridget Von Hammersmark - Diane Kruger. Bridget Von Hammersmark is the queen of the German cinema, and a spy for the British government. We are never told why she turned on Germany, but she winds up playing a very pivotal role in the movie's conclusion.

  5. Private Fredrick Zoller - Daniel Bruhl. Zoller is a German soldier who is credited with hundreds of allied kills in a single seige. He is seen as a Nazi hero, and Joseph Goebbels himself orders a movie to be made about Zoller's exploits. It is hard to realize it as the movie plays out, but the story of Zoller, and the character itself, weaves in and out of the "Inglorious Basterds" cast list until it becomes a very vital part of the story.

  6. Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz - Til Schweiger.  Hugo Stiglitz is a Nazi that decided he would rather kill Nazi officers than allied soldiers. The character is a common Quentin Tarantino element of a story within a story. More time is dedicated to setting up the back story of Stiglitz than any of the other Basterds in the movie. The back story on Stiglitz becomes a movie within a movie for the "Inglorious Basterds" cast.

-George Root