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  • When Sgt. Rachtman nobly refuses to betray his country. And when Sgt. Donny Donowitz, the Bear Jew, beats his brains out with a baseball bat while pretending to be baseball legend Ted Williams. Wow.
    Aldo: Donnie! Got us a Nazi here wants to die for his country. Obliiiige him.
    • Added to that is the utter lack of such "bravery" in their next interrogate, how he gives up everything they want to know, and they keep their word to let him live, setting up the obvious Chekhov's Gun of Raine's scarifying his Nazi survivors so he can recognize them "just like that *fingersnap*."
  • The flashback of when Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz murdered 13 Nazi officers. Major Squick abounds, but either way, it's pure awesome.
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  • When Hicox smoothly switches back to English after realizing he's been caught, and then Stiglitz's snarky "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner:
    Hicox: There's a special rung in Hell for people who waste good scotch. Seeing as I may be rapping on the door momentarily... (downs the glass) I must say... damn good stuff, sir. Now... about this pickle we find ourselves in... it would appear there's only one thing left for you to do.
    Hellstrom: And what would that be...?
    Hicox: Stiglitz.
    Stiglitz: (in English, to Hellstrom) Say "Auf Wiedersehn" to your Nazi balls!
  • Von Hammersmark holding up under torture at the hands of her own overly suspicious comrades and regaining control of the situation. And then snarking at them.
  • When Diane Kruger gets to show off her language skills. She's fluent in English, German, and French. Her character Bridget von Hammersmark also survives the Mexican Standoff at the end of the basement bar scene by coldly gunning down the new father of a German soldier after he dropped his guard. It doesn't save her from being choked out by Hans Landa in the end, but it's still a badass scene for the only other named female character in the movie.
  • When the theater burns as Shosanna's giant face laughs maniacally on-screen, and Donny and Omar shoot the living daylights out of everyone. Bonus points for Donny shooting Hitler over and over and over just to make sure he's really dead, turning his face into pudding.
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    • Shosanna's hijacking the screening, full stop. Unlike the Basterds, she operates with no major plan that can go hare-brained and off the rails, she just edits the film to mockingly undermine the Nazis and declare she has a message for Germany, and then has the place burned to the ground. Even before he's shot to death, Hitler starts freaking out that a Jew has hijacked Goebbels' great work.
    Shoshanna: (as the movie screen and walls burn down) My name is Shoshanna Dreyfus. And this is the face... of Jewish vengeance.
    • Meta Example: When the film premiered in Germany, theaters erupted with applause during this scene.
  • The last scene when Lt. Aldo Raine gives Landa a swastika scar on his forehead while Utivitch grins like crazy.
    • "Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before."
    • Doubly awesome for Raine's "The Reason You Suck" Speech right before. He points out that, given the circumstances, he's willing to let Landa have a nice little home on Nantucket Island as a condition for helping the Allies end the war that night. But at the end of the day, Landa is still a Nazi and would try to hide that reality from the rest of the world as he lives in retirement. And, as Raine puts it: "That, I can't abide."
      Lt. Aldo Raine: This might just be my masterpiece.
  • When the Basterds are breaking Stiglitz out of prison, they gun down the Nazi guards, and he just casually sits there without twitching as the guards are being blown away.
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    • For that matter, his introduction a few seconds earlier, with hilarious guitar riff.
  • Christoph Waltz deserves a mention for his performance. He won (for Best Supporting Actor) an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA award, a BFCA award, two Critic's Choice Awards (one for ensemble), two Cin Euphoria awards (one for ensemble) an Alliance of Women Film Journalists award, two ACCA awards (one for ensemble), two Gold Derby Awards (one for ensemble, and a nomination for Actor of the Decade), two Golden Schmoes Awards, an SFCAA award, an ICSA award, an INOCA award, a Jupiter Award, an FFCCA award, and NSFCA award, a Bambi Award, an Empire Award, two OSFTA awards, an Online Film Critic award, a Satellite Award, a SAG award, and won for film festivals or critics awards in Cannes, Austin, Austria, Boston, Brazil (twice), Central Ohio (plus one for ensemble), Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, Hollywood, Indiana, Indie Wire, Iowa, Italy, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London, LA, New York (twice), North Texas, Oklahoma, Phoenix (plus one for ensemble), San Diego, Santa Barbara, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington DC. In case you lost count, that's over sixty awards for a single role.
  • The entirety of Chapter 1. Just two characters talking, yet Tarantino leaves you on edge the entire time.
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