The Dirty Dozen (1967) UK
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Director:Robert Aldrich
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Kenneth Hyman, Raymond Anzarut
Writer:E.M. Nathanson, Nunnally Johnson
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.75 : 1
Languages:English, German, French, Spanish, Latin
Subtitles:English, French
Robert Aldrich  ...  (Director)
E.M. Nathanson, Nunnally Johnson  ...  (Writer)
Lee Marvin  ...  Major Reisman
Ernest Borgnine  ...  General Worden
Charles Bronson  ...  Joseph Wladislaw
Jim Brown  ...  Robert Jefferson
John Cassavetes  ...  Victor Franko
Richard Jaeckel  ...  Sergeant Bowren
George Kennedy  ...  Major Max Armbruster
Trini López  ...  Pedro Jiminez
Ralph Meeker  ...  Captain Stuart Kinder
Robert Ryan  ...  Col. Everett Dasher Breed
Telly Savalas  ...  Archer Maggott
Donald Sutherland  ...  Vernon Pinkley
Clint Walker  ...  Samson Posey
Robert Webber  ...  General Denton
Tom Busby  ...  Milo Vladek
Edward Scaife  ...  Cinematographer
Michael Luciano  ...  Editor
Comments: Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!

Summary: A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from \ 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialized soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humor and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon