Inglourious Basterds

Continuity mistake: In the scene where they are playing 20 questions, the barmaid and the barman are invited to join in, in the next shot they are back behind the bar and then a few moments later they are playing 20 questions again.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Col. Landa hands himself over to Lt. Raine, Utivich cuffs Col. Landa. Then when Lt. Raine is carving the swastika into Col. Landa's forehead, you can see him clutching at grass with his right hand, which isn't cuffed. (01:09:20 - 01:11:40)

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Continuity mistake: The German Feldwebel, who gets beaten to death with a baseball bat, has a badge over his left breast pocket which disappears and reappears during shots. (00:31:30)


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Continuity mistake: In the final scene between Brad Pitt and the Nazi officer before he carves the swastika into the German's forehead, Pitts' tie changes three times. First scene it is on both sides of his neck. Second scene it has disappeared from the right side, and the third scene, it is back completely around his neck again.

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Continuity mistake: Shosanna is dropping the letters onto the ground while talking to Zoller. In the last two or three high angle shots before she descends the ladder, they're suddenly positioned differently from how they were before.

Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: When Colonel Hans Landa is talking to the dairy farmer at the start of the movie, the glass he drinks his milk from changes position from shot to shot.


Continuity mistake: As Landa and his men approach the farmer's house, they pass the same trees on the dirt road several times. (00:02:30 - 00:03:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in which Colonel Landa and Shosanna are talking in the cafe, Landa orders an espresso for himself, along with a glass of milk for Shosanna and two strudels. When the order arrives on a tray, the cup of espresso is seen briefly in one shot. The film then cuts to a close-up of the tray, and the espresso has disappeared, despite no-one having put it down. In the next shot of the table, the espresso has appeared beside Landa. (00:50:05)


Continuity mistake: In the Operation Kino briefing scene, in the shot where General Fenech and Lt. Hicox drink to "down with Hitler", Fenech is holding his staff in his left hand along with his blue file folder. In the next shot, as Fenech asks Hicox if he is familiar with German cinema under the Third Reich, the staff is suddenly no longer in his hand, but being held pinned under his left arm. In the following shot, Fenech is instantaneously once again holding both the folder and staff in his left hand.


Continuity mistake: At the end Aldo's tie is shown on both sides of his neck then only one, and then reappears on both sides.

Continuity mistake: When Hugo Stieglitz is threatening the balls of the SS officer in the bar, his hand with the pistol is under the arms of the officer. In the next scene, when he is shooting, it is suddenly above the arms of the officer.

Continuity mistake: In the tavern scene, when the SS officer tells Lt. Hickox that he is no more German than the scotch they are drinking, Hickox is sitting back against the back of his chair. In the following shot, which shows Eric the bartender slowly reaching for his shotgun, Hickox can be seen in the background leaning forward in his chair. In the next shot, Hickox is suddenly once again sitting back in his chair as he was before. It is implausible that Hickox would have or even could have changed seating positions so quickly or abruptly.


Continuity mistake: When in the farmer's house, Landa's gloves on the table keep changing from wrinkled to straight depending on the angle.


Continuity mistake: When Landa is with the French farmer, there's an iron nail on the table used to crush the tobacco that moves around depending on the angle.


Continuity mistake: The card the SS officer sticks to his head in the bar is initially quite low over his eyes and at a slight angle. Later in the scene it's moved slightly higher up and straighter, without him touching it.

Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: When Landa is about to kill the Jews in the farmer's house, he stands up and the box of matches keeps changing positions on the table.


Continuity mistake: Shoshanna kills Zoller, then approaches him and kicks a film can, which moves farther away. In the next shot, the can has moved backwards and is close to her ankle again.


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Continuity mistake: At the very start we see the farmer's daughter hanging a sheet out on the washing line. In one shot the sheet is crumpled with no peg on it and in the next shot it's not crumpled and pegged to the line. (00:02:10)


Factual error: Near the end, when Lt. Raine is being interrogated by Col. Landa, there is a phone on the table with a coiled phone cord. Coiled phone cords were not used until the late 1950s.


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Lt. Aldo Raine: You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. Business is a-boomin'.

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Question: Why does Hugo Stiglitz kill the German officers in the first place? The film mentions his enlistment, but how is this related to his killings?

Answer: Based on his willingness to join the Basterds, we can assume he killed them because he didn't believe in what the Nazis were doing.

There is a cut of him being whipped during the bar scene. I think he was taking revenge for harsh and perhaps undeserved punishment.

No, the whipping is how it feels in his mind sitting next to that SS officer and having to pretend to like him and be a Nazi. He's ready to snap.


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