Dirty Dozen [Import]
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.
This special edition includes the behind-the-scenes documentary Operation Dirty Dozen, the original theatrical trailer, and an all-new introduction by Ernest Borgnine.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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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Though some of the character development is inconsistent, the film is nevertheless an extremely entertaining war movie that was original for it's time. There is humor, drama, and an explosive hit-and-run finale, making The Dirty Dozen a largely appealing war film. Biblical analogies and contradictory (if thats the right word) aspects of the mission are interesting as well.
Overall rating: 4.8 stars (Rounded to 5)
If you like this film, I would also recommend "Where Eagles Dare"
This film is not rated: there is violence, moderate vulgarity, and intensity.
The objective: Destroy a French chateau and kill the Nazi officers occupying it, causing a major disruption in the German Army ranks. If mission is successful, prisoners will be pardoned for all crimes under the Visiting Forces Act in Britain.
Easier said than done. However, for U.S. Army Major John Reisman, it is a task that he will accomplish by any means necessary. And that sets in motion one of the greatest World War II films ever made for the cinema screen. Released in 1967 by MGM, The Dirty Dozen changed the way we looked at soldiers and war heroes. Instead of the clean-cut types we have been used to watching in war films, we are introduced to the most psychopathic, anti-social bunch of soldiers ever to take on the Third Reich.
Nevertheless, the film is still entertaining, and explosive to boot. With a cast that includes Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, the great Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Ryan, George Kennedy, and the late John Cassavetes (in a hateful role that earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor), 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.
Trivia note: The movie was filmed on location at MGM British Studios in Borhamwood, England.
Lee Marvin appeared in another classic WWII movie thirteen years later. The 1980 classic The Big Red One.
Both Jim Brown and Ernest Borgnine appeared in the classic 1968 Cold War Thriller Ice Station Zebra. Like in The Dirty Dozen, Brown's character gets killed off. Apparently, some execs were a bit racist.
Most recent customer reviews
One of my all time favourite war movies. Led by Lee Marvin, this band of condemned prisoners are expected to pull of a suicide mission in hopes of a pardon. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sir Steven
Excellent film un chef d'oeuvre du cinéma! La qualité de l'image et du son est excellente. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacques Potvin
never worked, they shipped the wrong code dvd. only good for Europe.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie. It was awesome that the sequel was included as a bonus feature as that is the actual movie I wanted.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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