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This movie will subvert history.
As with Inglorious Basterds, this movie will go against history (and the expectations of the audience) and have Charles Manson and his girls getting killed during their attack on Sharon Tate.
  • Confirmed! Though they don't end up attacking the Tate house in this movie, instead they get taken out by Cliff Booth while they try to kill Rick Dalton. Also, Charles Manson doesn't end up being involved except in scoping out the Tate house towards the beginning.

Cliff Booth is Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds
Tarantino is known to set all of his films in a single, continuous cinematic universe so having a character from one movie appear in another isn't impossible. Cliff is noted to be a war hero and has been a stunt double since the original run of Bounty Law in the 50's, likely meaning he was a
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World War II vet. So Aldo Raine completes his tour after killing Adolf Hitler and returns to the States. Without a war to fight the stress catches up with him and he tries to escape by changing his name and winds up in Hollywood.
  • Cliff appears to be much younger than Aldo, also he lacks the scarring Aldo had on his neck.
    • Maybe Cliff is actually Aldo's nephew.
  • Plus Aldo would be world famous for leading the mission that killed Adolf Hitler, whereas Cliff is a stuntman some remember as "that guy who killed his wife".
    • The Basterds might have been seen more as bogeymen than actual people and it wouldn't be the first time somebody decided to run away from the pressure of their fame.
  • Alternatively: Cliff retires from being a stuntman due to his injury and decides to give acting a shot, and ends up playing Aldo Raine in the alternative timeline's version of the film. It makes sense, as he's been around Hollywood enough to know how actors prepare for acting and Pussy's comment to him may have planted the seed of him to become an actor (also, it's not the first time a stuntman became a pretty good actor. Burt Reynolds himself is a great example of this, as he was a stuntman prior to becoming an actor).
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Tarantino ends up directing...
Sharon Tate in the Alternate Future set up by this movie's events. He didn't "save" her just to have her be best known as the mom in some '90s sitcom.

Rick Dalton is The Tarantinoverse's equivalent of Clint Eastwood...
Influence-wise he's a combination of John Wayne with a little bit of Spaghetti Western-era Eastwood. (Like Eastwood, he became famous starring in a long-running Western Series, then moved to Italy and did spaghetti westerns to keep his career going. He also appeared in a violent film set during World War II.) He'll probably end up having the same amount of success as Eastwood.
  • Including becoming a well-respected director? Eh, I'll buy it.

Cliff did kill his wife, but it wasn't murder...
He Marvined her. After getting tired of her berating him, he began ranting, waving around the spear gun with the same regard for gun safety as Vincent, and his finger slipped. This is why he never actually disputes that he killed her, and why he brings up manslaughter in response to Bruce Lee's "my hands are registered weapons" swaggering.
  • The spear gun he's holding doesn't actually seem to have a spear loaded, though.

Django Unchained is a film in the reality of this film
Maybe the big bad Candie wasn't played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but was actually played by Rick Dalton after he got himself and his career straightened out, and after he sobered up.
  • Alternatively, it was the son of Rick Dalton and his Italian wife, following in his father's footsteps and staring in a Spaghetti Western-style Blaxploitation film.

If The Great Escape had starred Rick Dalton, the film would have been forgettable.
Though we do see what it would have been like with Dalton in the role of Hilts, with him just being cast in the role, the film wouldn't have been as memorable. It's been stated that the character of Hilts got more screen time due to
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Steve McQueen pushing. And the iconic motorcycle chase sequence in the film? It wouldn't have existed because it was McQueen and his love of motorcycle racing that pushed for it to be there.

The 14 Fists of McCluskey is the Hollywood version of the events of Inglourious Basterds
The Basterds are the '14 fists', as they couldn't call them 'Basterds', and McCluskey is the Aldo Raine character, renamed for Hollywood reasons. They are playing fast and loose with the facts, as is the wont of Hollywood, and the cinema-ambush is now a raid on a Nazi fortress. And instead of a fire that no one knows Shosanna set, McCluskey uses a flamethrower to burn the German high command.

Rick's resulting soar in popularity after the event of the film will allow him to keep Cliff around
Tarantino has confirmed that killing an intruder with a flamethrower does wonders for Rick's career, so it's highly likely that he will have more than enough money to support both his wife and Cliff. Cliff's injury may also be severe enough that he can't work as a stuntman anymore, and Rick doesn't seem like the type to abandon his friend and savior.

The Matt Helm series continued in the reality of this film
The Ravagers, the sequel promised at the end of The Wrecking Crew, was made and released, complete with Sharon Tate reprising her role as Freya Carlson.
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