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Published on January 9th, 2007 | by Chris

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)


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On January 9, 2007
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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...

DVD Information

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

Features

  • Shrink-wrapped

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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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick about WWII, February 17, 2018
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Great flick about WWII. Some very good actors have lead roles in this story about a group of misfits trained to go after a high value German target. Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Earnest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland just to name a few of the actors. There are numerous others. Worth watching if you have never seen it. I have seen it and deemed it worthy of renting and watching again.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite war movies, July 15, 2016
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Lee Marvin is superb in this film, and the supporting performances by a long list of Hollywood's leading actors of the period were solid as well. Marvin plays an American officer during WWII who "volunteers" to take twelve military prisoners (the Dirty Dozen) and train them to perform actions against the Nazis behind enemy lines. It's a great story, it's told with plenty of humor, and there's never a dull moment.

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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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4 Responses to The Dirty Dozen (1967)

  1. A whole squad of new war movie DVDs make their debut, just in time for some Memorial Day movie marathons!Letters from Iwo Jima (2007)There’ll be a review of this sometime in the next couple of weeks, if NetFlix comes through!  (So far I’m impressed..

  2. The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission is the last in a string of made-for-television sequels to the venerable 1967 classic “The Dirty Dozen.”  Having not seen the rest of the “films” which make up these broadcast sequels, I have to judge this by itself,

  3. The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, was a 1987 made-for-TV sequel to the original Dirty Dozen, and actually somewhat lives up to its predecessor’s legacy.  Somewhat.  Well, a whole lot better than the later “Fatal Mission” which was, well, just

  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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