Inglourious Basterds movie references guide
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- The name Aldo Raine is a homage to one of QTs favorite actors: Aldo Ray. Ray starred in both Hollywood studio films and classic exploitation films. The last name "Raine" is a homage to the character Major Charles Rane from one of QTs favorite revenge films Rolling Thunder.
- Character Madame Mimieux is most likely named after actress Yvette Mimieux, who in turn starred in Dark of the Sun, along with Rod Taylor. It was a "bunch of guys on a mission" movie and is a Quentin favorite. In another connection, Rod Taylor will be playing Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds.
- The title is a homage to the 1977 Italian war movie Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato aka Inglorious Bastards
- Other "men on a mission" World War II movies like The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen, Five For Hell and Battle Squadron have had an impact on Tarantino. Especially the Italian-made ones, which, like the Spaghetti Westerns, have garnered their own pasta inspired nickname: Macaroni Combat films. They are some of Tarantino's favorites.
- During the La Louisiane section of the film, the characters begin doing "spit-takes" (spitting water out in a surprised fashion). This is a homage to one of QT's favorite screwball comedies Hi Diddle Diddle (1943), co-starring Pola Negri, a name that also appears in the script
It's In The Music...
- The title theme from the aforementioned film Dark of the Sun is featured as a special bonus track that was added into the final re-edited theatrical version.
- "The Man With The Big Sombrero" song from the film Hi Diddle Diddle appears in the movie.
- "Zulus" a track from the movie Zulu Dawn appears in the film. That film was directed by Douglas Hickox. Michael Fassbender's character is named: Lt. Archie Hicox.
- SEE the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack listing for more details on movie references!