1980s The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)

Published on December 6th, 2007 | by Chris

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The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)


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we're dealing with 80's TV formula so you've got to let some of it slide, right?

The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)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 plain awful.

The plot follows the usual "Dirty Dozen" routine.  Major Wright (Telly Savales) picks his dozen, well, thirteen here from the worst-of-the-worst locked away in military prison for various crimes.  The idea is to take out a scientific lab where the Germans are working on a new nerve gas to be delivered via long range rocket to Allied targets.  They've also got to rescue the scientist prisoners the Nazis are forcing to work on this little project.  But its never quite that simple.

As luck would have it, they've got to contend with getting the families of said scientists out as well, which doesn't sit too well with the squad.  They're also forced to work with a rather attractive French resistance leader, which causes some, well, problems for the criminal-minded band of anti-heroes.

Long story short, it follows that they pull off the mission (did you really think they wouldn't?) and of course most of them don't make it out.  I won't go spoiling the details for you.

What separates this one from its simply unbearable successor "The Fatal Mission" is an actually decent story and script, and some decent performances from some actually decent actors!  You've got Ernest Borgnine as the general, and such familiar faces as Randall Cobb (Uncommon Valor and more) as "Swede," the big burly dude, Bo Svenson as the ultimate criminal-type, A pair of Van Patten brothers, Vince Edwards, and returning as the type-cast German officer dude from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is Wolf Kahler and his jaw!

They manage to pull off in great 80's action movie style what turns out to be a rather enjoyable bit of action-movie fare.  I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised, after seeing "Fatal Mission" previously.  Of course Savales' corny one-liners are painful in their out-of-place delivery, but hey that was 80's formula, man!

The F/X on all fronts manages to do well without going too over the top, albeit in that usual A-Team style of 'shoot everything... a lot' style of fighting.  Eh, again, we're dealing with 80's TV formula so you've got to let some of it slide, right?

I can't say I recommend dropping the coin on The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, but it seems to be making the rounds on late-night cable lately, so keep your Tivo's at the ready.

The Dirty Dozen Double Feature (The Dirty Dozen - The Deadly Mission / The Dirty Dozen - The Fatal Mission) The Dirty Dozen Double Feature (The Dirty Dozen - The Deadly Mission / The Dirty Dozen - The Fatal Mission)
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The Dirty Dozen Double Feature. THE DIRTY DOZEN - THE DEADLY MISSION: Learning of a Nazi plot to attack Washington with deadly nerve gas, Major Wright (Telly Savalas) leads twelve convicts on a suicide mission deep into occupied France to destroy the secret factory where the poison is made...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: TCFHE/MGM
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Telly Savalas
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Hunt Block
  • Matthew Burton
  • Jeff Conaway

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here are a couple of war movies that start out the same and end differently., December 13, 2016
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The movies were good but their were some mistakes made in each film. I will not spoil it and give it away so if any one else wants to see if they can find them. I will tell you the mistakes have got to do with vehicles as a plane and or trucks. The producer tried his best to not be the same as The Dirty Dozen movie that was made in 1967 with Lee Marvin but, There still was the same theme. Over all each movie only froze one time just for a second, outside of that it played ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Release DVD -Dirty Dozen Next Mission- Please!, January 15, 2011
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This review is from: The Dirty Dozen Double Feature (The Dirty Dozen - The Deadly Mission / The Dirty Dozen - The Fatal Mission) (DVD)
Dirty Dozen Double Feature is the sequels # 3 and 4 to the original 1st movie "Dirty Dozen". There is sequel # 2 "Dirty Dozen -Next Mission" which starred Lee Marvin.
The Double Feature here stars Ernest Borgnine and Telly Savalas. The other actors are some faces you will recognize and all are good in this double feature. For made for TV movies, they really spent some money making these movies. Filmed in Europe and the uniforms and equipment seen are very authentic. A good war movie must have authentic equipment to meet my approval. The story lines are good as well as the dialog. Telly Savalas is great in these two features. A must addition to my war movie collection. Now if they will only release sequel # 2 on DVD. I have seen "Next Mission" on TV several years ago and enjoyed it. If your a "Dozen" fan, suggest you get these sequels...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I kept looking for the cast from the dirty dozen. Telly Savalas is an excellent actor and ..., November 8, 2015
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It was ok....I kept looking for the cast from the dirty dozen. Telly Savalas is an excellent actor and I wished they had given his role to someone else. I kept seeing Maggot from the dirty dozen.
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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.



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