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Why did Aldo Raine have that scar?

He survived a lynching That is not just speculation, that is in the script: CHAPTER TWO "INGLORIOUS BASTERDS" FADE UP EXT - SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND - DAY A bunch of SOLDIERS are lined up at ...
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Why did Colonel Hans Landa let Shosana escape in the beginning?

As explained in the Inglorious Basterds screenplay: DRIVER Why did you allow a enemy of the state to escape? COL LANDA Oh, I don't think the state is in too much danger, do you? ...
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Why does Colonel Landa wear a chevron on his right arm?

I haven't checked, but I thought Landa had a Honor Chevron for the Old Guard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honour_Chevron_for_the_Old_Guard The Honour Chevron for the Old Guard (Ehrenwinkel der ...
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What did Col. Hans Landa mean at the beginning of Inglorious Basterds

He was not at all insinuating anything - he was merely asking to have a private conversation with the farmer. What he says is: COL LANDA: Monsieur LaPadite, what we have to discuss would be better ...
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Why did Major Hellstrom get suspicious?

I think the reason he got suspicious was because there were many reasons to be suspicious. When the Major first sits down, he inquires about them and where they are from, as they are officers and he ...
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How does Quentin Tarantino write dialog for a language he doesn't speak?

Specifically for Inglorious Basterds, Tom Tykwer and Nicholas Richard are credited for "German Dialogue Translation" and "French Dialogue Translation" respectively: Tom Tykwer is ...
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Why remove boots of dead Nazis and toss about?

Quote from Tarantino himself: Definitely. You took it right out of my mouth. Yes. I mean, basically what they’re doing - you described it really, really well. To put in even shorter nutshell, ...
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Why did Major Hellstrom get suspicious?

Well I think it was the fingers; One of the things people forget sometimes is that every culture/country has its own way of moving, gestures and mannerisms. The way that people count on their fingers ...
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Why was Inglourious Basterds misspelt?

Because they're from Bostin It's spelled basterd because they're from Bostin and that's how they spell it there — or rather, how they pronounce it. Unfilmed flashback According to an article on ...
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What about the drink order alerted Major Hellstrom?

As the other answer states, it's about differences of which fingers to hold up when indicating the number 3. Repeated viewings of the Bar scene would tell you nothing unless you happened to know this ...
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How could Lt. Hicox fluently speak German and then give himself away by using the wrong gesture?

The real explanation is much simpler (and less interesting) than some offered above. You learn dactylonomy—finger-counting—when you're an infant, and you don't re-learn it as an adult unless there's ...
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Why wasn't Aldo Raine punished in Iglourious Basterds?

I'll attempt to answer. Initially I thought you were talking about his punishment for carving a swastika into Landa's forehead. The answer is in the movie. Raine says that he'll be "chewed out" ...
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Did Marcel survive the fire?

There was a back door because he went through it after he barred all the exits for the auditorium. He unlocked a door from the outside to get behind the screen. So, he could have used that same door ...
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How did Landa think his plan would work?

It did work. The loss of his radioman and his new scar notwithstanding, Landa's plan was implied to work. As Aldo is preparing to mark Landa, he remarks what a great deal Landa's proposal was for the ...
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Some questions about the tavern scene in Inglorious Basterds

Hammersmark is a public figure with international connections (more so than the average person). Given the nazi propaganda machine and things like the gestapo; it's more than likely that she is being ...
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Did both anti-Nazi parties know about each other?

No, there is no depiction of collaborative effort to annihilate Nazi leadership because Shoshana and Marcel never met anyone from Lt. Aldo Raine's team at any point in the movie. Both plans were ...
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What was Hugo Stiglitz's motivation for killing Gestapo Officers?

As far as we know, it's never clearly said or mentioned somewhere. The best and closest I could find to explain it is this: Hugo Stiglitz is quiet, and doesn't seem to enjoy social interaction. He is ...
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Why does Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds have scars on his neck?

"It is never explained in the movie, as it was Tarantino's intention to leave it unknown. Several theories have come up about it, one such being that it resulted from his punishment for being a ...
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Some questions about the tavern scene in Inglorious Basterds

I won't focus on the first question since it has already been answered. Why impersonate Nazi officers? In a Nazi-dominated France Nazi officers would have less trouble getting in and out of places ...
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Did Col. Landa actually recognize Shosanna?

Yes, Landa knew who Shosanna was at that time. The key hint is in the question he claims to have forgotten to ask. Landa is the Jew Hunter. He is portrayed as someone who finds everyone he sets his ...
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Why was Inglourious Basterds misspelt?

Quentin Tarantino loves to muddy the waters in interviews with answers like the ones quoted by others here. My theory is the misspelling of the title is his way of paying tribute to Enzo Castellari's ...
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Does Fredrick Zoller feel remorse for the actions he's famous for?

Zoller states his reason for exiting to Shosanna when he meets her in the projection room. However the fact remains, this film, is based on my military exploits. And in this case, my exploits ...
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Were Landa and Hellstrom lovers?

The short answer Were Landa and Hellstrom lovers? Is there any proof? There is no proof and I don't think this is the case. Why would he kill her in such an intimate fashion otherwise? Landa ...
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When did Colonel Hans Landa decide to change his intentions to end the war in Inglourious Basterds?

Was Landa planning it all along? Perhaps yes, but maybe after when he meets Shosanna. When he mentioned that there was something else he wanted to ask, he paused for a while here. He might have ...
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How did Landa think his plan would work?

Because it happens all the time. People on the side of "good" tend to be willing to let bad guys get away with things if it means they change sides. The police frequently release small time ...
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How did Landa think his plan would work?

The answer lies in the very reason when he is betraying Hitler. He can see that it's a lost cause and sooner or later Germans are going to loose the war and officers like him would be hunted down. ...
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What about the drink order alerted Major Hellstrom?

Hicox used index, middle and ring fingers to signify three. Whoops. The German/continental way is to use index finger, middle finger and thumb.
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What happened to the remaining Inglourious Basterds members?

In this article from Screenrant it states that In the original script, however, Hirschberg (played by Samm Levine) survived and he, along with other unspecified Basterds, reunited with Raine and ...
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Why did Major Hellstrom get suspicious?

First of all, having slight accent differences does not change the fundamentals of communication. Accepting that something is pronounced slightly differently would not be a cover for someone saying, ...
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Why did Major Hellstrom get suspicious?

I am German and using fingers without thumb to indicate 3 is really a dead giveaway that you are an American. It's like drinking booze openly on the street in public, in Germany nobody would bat an ...
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