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Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: E.M. Nathanson, Lukas Heller, Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Kenneth Hyman, Raymond Anzarut
  • Format: Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 16 2000
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 079074967X
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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 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. The DVD extras are also a kick in the pants, including a promotional featurette showing Marvin and his stylishly macho costars enjoying some male bonding in the mod London bistros of the 1960s. (You almost expect Austin Powers to come speeding around the nearest corner, making it a dirty baker's dozen! Yeah, baby, yeah!) --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Features

This special edition includes the behind-the-scenes documentary Operation Dirty Dozen, the original theatrical trailer, and an all-new introduction by Ernest Borgnine.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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One of the greatest World War II films ever made for the cinema screen and one of my favorite war themed movies, only surpassed by Kelly's Heroes. DD was released in 1967 by MGM, The Dirty Dozen changed the way we looked at soldiers and war heroes. The Dirty Dozen proves that you can find heroes in the most unlikely of all places. These twelve men fight like twelve hundred when it comes to taking on the Imperial German Army, and in the end, it becomes an explosive confrontation between two forces that are bent on annihilating each other. If you enjoy war movies, you'll enjoy The Dirty Dozen.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THE DIRTY DOZEN : This movie is the greatest movie , taking a bunch of men who are sort of misfits and their future is not too great .making them into the best fighting men you could imagine . sending them on a mission if they live they can be set free from their jail term or die while they are fighting those are the odds. I totally love this movie J A
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Very satisfactory service from Amazon - DVD was delivered promptly and in good condition - but it is difficult to see why this movie is a classic. The characters are entirely cartoonish and one-dimensional and none are sympathetic or likeable. These are good actors, but they don't have much chance to shine, given the unconvincing dialogue and an unconvincing story. As an anti-war message the film is effective but this can't compensate for its failure to involve or engage the viewer. The climactic scenes do succeed in maintaining drama and tension.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Secret mission into Nazi Germany. Lee Marvin as the tough-as-nails Captain along with Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker (whom I loved as Cheyenne on TV when I was a kid). Great story. Great action. Humour. What more can you ask for?
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 20 2013
Format: Blu-ray
An opportunity arises to make a big difference in the war with just one operation. However it is determined a possibility that no one will survive. So who better to choose than soldiers that are already condemned to die?

The formula is standard where all the 12 individual personalities are introduced. Throughout the film they display their individual strengths and weaknesses as they become a team.

As with many big-budget movies the 12 actors used to portray the 12 soldiers are well known at the time of the production. Of course we will all have our favorites; and with 12 personalities to choose from not all 12 actors will have the same strength of character. However they are all needed to balance the story.

It is not the story behind the film that gives it its strength. A few faux pas's are overlooked. As you will soon feel that you are part of this expedition.

I find myself periodically rewatching this movie and each time still pick up or really remember nuances that were overlooked. So if you have an opportunity you will want to rewatch this movie.

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Format: VHS Tape
Recently, some meathead friend of a friend was perusing my video collection and asked me with a sneer on his face, "What kind of girl owns The Dirty Dozen?"
Can I help it if this chick has taste?
Of course I completely understand the assumption that this is a guy's movie. After all, the only females to feature in the film are whores. While women played an important role in the WWII victory, they were more in the factories than on the front lines. I refrain from saying only men enjoy watching stuff get blown up, but I will venture to say that if my father had had sons, he might have introduced them to this film genre rather than his daughters.
But this is a quality film with enough substance for both genders to enjoy. After all, this is a film about redemption. Lee Marvin must struggle to make worthy soldiers out of men who would steal, rape, and murder. The importance of a meaningful death is the motivation behind his troop's transformation.
The movie is a little slow, but the script is good and the action alternates between wildly humorous and intensely suspenseful. Furthermore, this film is full of amazing moments of character development. Charles Bronsen's failed attempt at a word-association exercise. Telly Savalas's portrayal of chilling insanity. Donald Sutherland as the idiot "general" inspecting the troops. Jim Brown, who does not care to fight the white man's war but can not suppress his own heroic nature. And John Cassavantes as the tricky, irrepressible Victor Franco, the guy we love to hate. Or is that hate to love?
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I knew the DVD's I bought were good because I've either seen them before or knew the stories. My Ott light is awesome. I bought it to help me see better when I am quilting and it was worth the money. The light is much more natural than a regular lamp and has much less glare so it's easier on the eyes.
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Format: DVD
Are you looking for a movie with a great plot, perfectly timed action, and superb acting and directing? Look no further. This film, set in World War II, chronicles the covert operations of a group of military convicts, and their non-convict leader behind enemy lines. It is their task to sneak in and assassinate a large group of key German officials.
The movie starts with the commander (played by Lee Marvin, in arguably his greatest role) picking out some of the best, but also some of the most expendable men in the Army. He goes to the prison and gives them a deal. If they will fight, their sentences will be dismissed and they will be free. Most of these men are awaiting execution, while others have long prison terms. His first goal is to make them ready for combat, which proves to be no easy task, as these guys, who seemingly have nothing to lose, give him a hard time. But eventually, under his command, he creates an elite team of fighters. Now, the next objective is to learn the layout of the area they are to infiltrate, which is a huge French chateau, then sneak in and attack. But will they make it? Of course I will not tell you, you will need to see the movie yourself. But what I will tell you is that this is one of those films with an all star cast and loads of edge-of-your-seat action!!! Besides Lee Marvin, you have Telly Savalas, football great Jim Brown, the late VERY great Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland ( Sutherland fans will also love the movie Kelly's Hero's), Ernest Borgnine, Clint Walker ( who also starred in the film Night Of The Grizzly), George Kennedy (who co-starred in the hilarious Naked Gun films), and a host of others too numerous to mention. Besides Action, the film incorporates a delicious amount of drama, suspense, comedy (the war games part will give you a good laugh), Horror (when Telly Savalas goes off the deep end), and intrigue.
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