1960s The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Published on January 9th, 2007 | by Chris

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)


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Sure it gets a little corny and 60's-kitschy at times, but it doesn't matter. Watch The Dirty Dozen. Again and again and again. And then go shave with cold water you pansies!

The Dirty Dozen (1967)When you think of war movies, there are a few movies that should immediately pop into your mind. Tora, Tora, Tora. Saving Private Ryan. Platoon. And of course, The Dirty Dozen.

The story of twelve convicted death-row and long-term army misfit prisoners chosen to lead a covert operation behind enemy lines during the height of the war. Of course that exercise takes less than half of the movie. The fun part is getting there.

Half comedy and half action-flick, The Dirty Dozen delivers in just about every way possible. You've got Lee Marvin as the maverick officer leading this bunch. Donald Sutherland as the goofy-crazy one. Telly Savales as the psycho-scary one. Jim Brown as the big silent one. Charles Bronson as the smart one. I could go on but that'd get boring!

And that's something you're not going to be during this. There's nary a dull moment. The between-action-moments are full of comedy relief. In particular the "visiting officer" scenes are hilarious, followed closely by the "war games" sequence.

It's also proof that you can deliver a sound action picture without obnoxious amounts of swearing and graphic violence. Sure there's lots of lives forfeited, mostly on the Axis side...(hey its a war movie fer cryin out loud!) But we get to feel the loss as not everyone makes it out alive. Which is equally important.

Sure it gets a little corny and 60's-kitschy at times, but it doesn't matter. Watch The Dirty Dozen. Again and again and again. And then go shave with cold water you pansies!

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Dirty Dozen, The: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) (Multi-Title)Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass. Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive...

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Manufacturer: WarnerBrothers
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Actors:
  • Lee Marvin
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Charles Bronson
  • Jim Brown
  • John Cassavetes

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You’ll have a hard time finding a better ‘war film’ than this one., June 21, 2014
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Marvin D. Pipher (Houston, Texas USA) - See all my reviews
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Even though this is a ‘war movie’, it has long been one of my wife’s favorites, and I like it too. As a result, we tended to watch it every time it came on TV. The storyline is interesting; and the acting, characters, and characterizations are exceptional. So, even though we knew what was going to happen and how it was going to end, we couldn’t resist watching it again.

We were doing just that the other night when, right in the middle of the film, our DVR failed abruptly, casting us adrift. We were really disappointed; even though this was the umpteenth time we’d seen the movie.

I resolved not to let that happen again, so I bought this DVD. Now we can watch it any time we want to. And, best of all: since we’re getting older every day, there may come a time when we won’t even remember having seen the film before. (I hope we can remember where the DVD is.)

Bottom line: If you like interesting films with great characterizations, you’ll have a hard... Read more
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASS ACT, A MAN'S MAN, April 20, 2014
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For the youth of today. Lee Marvin was one of the all time classiest actors of that generation not to mention a real class act. He was in the
Marines during WWII and played very memorable characters in all of his movies. The Dirty Dozen was just a fun movie with not a lot of
substance but enjoyable none the less. Having seen many interviews of Lee Marvin on YouTube I've come to have an even greater
appreciation for the man as an actor and a man's man. The Lee Marvins and Charles Bronsons are long gone from the acting world except in all their great and perhaps not so great movies. I for one however, really miss those guys. Robert DiNiro's the closest comparison to them
but that era is long gone.Today's generation will have a new list of hero types in the movies but I sure miss my group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pristine Dirty Dozen., April 24, 2017
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Robert Aldrich's famous WW2 movie gets a nice Bluray transfer. There has been much written about this movie, & little I can add.
The performances are all very good, & is a much bleaker movie than when I first remembered seeing it at the cinema.
It was rated as an X cert here in the UK, & I remembered thinking why? Its the final act of ruthlessness against the trapped German Officers, & Wives, that had the censor's reaching for their vapours.
A much copied movie, which probably was inspired by 'Seven Samurai', although the Author of the original novel EM Nathanson claimed he'd heard of a real life situation that inspired his story, but the series of events could not be confirmed to be true.(See the Filthy Fifteen, a real life event about scruffy demolition engineers whilst in training for the Normandy invasion). Sven Hassel's novels, also feature such scenario's.
A cornerstone, & seminal 60's war movie. Very enjoyable.
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Summary: Sure it gets a little corny and 60's-kitschy at times, but it doesn't matter. Watch The Dirty Dozen. Again and again and again. And then go shave with cold water you pansies!

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



4 Responses to The Dirty Dozen (1967)

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  4. As is usually the case for a Memorial Day Weekend, several cable/satellite networks will be chock full of classic war movies this coming weekend. Namely Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, and AMC. I’m sure there are many more but these are “The B

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