Inglourious Basterds might not be the most popular films in the career biography of both Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender, but the film was a hit. The worldwide box office gross for Inglourious Basterds was more than $320 million. That’s not exactly a “lowball figure.” Lawrence Bender probably found producing the movie to be a risk. War films run a high risk of not being successful. Yes, there have been some truly huge box office success stories in the war genre. The history of cinema also shows quite a few duds. Connecting with audiences can be difficult when choosing to produce a war film. Public sentiment may not always be willing to embrace battle scenes.
A war film that comes out during a period of relative peace comes with the chance of selling more tickets than a film released while overseas actions actually occur. Inglorious Basterds belonged to a special subgenre of war films. The feature is a World War II war film. Audiences seem to enjoy watching films that deal with that powerful era in world history. While films focused on World War II can be brutal in their depictions, the films do maintain an uplifting emotional power. Audiences embrace the overall positive nature of a WWII film, which helps such a feature’s box office potential.
Good reviews from critics and audiences help as well. Lawrence Bender certainly is no stranger to films that received great critical acclaim. He has received numerous industry awards. Bender also garnered prestigious award nominations. The actual tally reveals 6 Academy Awards and 29 nominations. The big-budget feature Inglorious Basterds definitely ranks among his most well-received films.
Regardless of how well-made a war film is, the costs associated with producing one can be huge. A World War II film automatically comes with a significant budget since the feature requires recreating the 1940s. And then there are all the battle scenes to film and edit. Creating a war film can never be described as an easy task. Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender both deserve credit for making a successful one. The complexities of producing a war film may keep these two from doing another one in the future.