I was watching one of my favorite movies the other day, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (anyone have any idea why it was spelled that way?) and Brad Pitt recited one of my favorite quotes from any character in any movie.

To set it up, Pitt plays Lt. Aldo Raine, the leader of an Allied squad working in Germany to kill, and scalp, Nazis. Aldo Raines is looking out a window and across the street to where there is a rendezvous scheduled between three of his men and a German actress working for the British. He is quite upset that the meeting is to take place in a tavern, which he knew, that was located in a basement, which he did not.

The exchange goes as follows:

 

Aldo is dressed like a French civilian. Hicox is dressed in a

German grey S.S. Cap't uniform. They look out of a window, in an

apartment, in the village of Nadine, overlooking the tavern.

 

          LT.ALDO

          You didn't say the goddamn rendez-vous

          was in a f**kin' basement.

 

          LT.HICOX

          I didn't know.

 

          LT.ALDO

          You said it was in a tavern?

 

          LT.HICOX

          it is a tavern.

 

          LT.ALDO

          Yeah, in a basement. You know,

          fightin’ in a basement offers a lot

          of difficulties, number one being,

          you’re fighting in a basement.


I'm not sure why I like that so much, other than it absolutely rings true as to Pitt's character and writing conversation that stays true to a character is one of the hardest things a writer ever faces.