Major Reisman is "Volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who ... See full summary »
A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day. Written by
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The chateau set was built by a crew of 250 people over a period of four months. The production filmed there for 25 days before the climactic scene of the Dozen blowing it up. It was 240 feet wide and 50 feet high and reportedly built so solidly that it would have taken 70 tons of explosives to bring it down, so a cork and plastic section of the set was constructed to be destroyed on film. See more »
When Kinder and Reisman sit down at the table to discuss the 12, a canteen appears which was not in the previous shot See more »
Major John Reisman:
[after going through the 16 steps of the mission on the plane, someone says Seventeen]
Seventeen. D-day. We get out as best we can and make our way to the coast. And hope that the entire invasion hasn't been a total disaster. Otherwise, we got a long swim home.
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The opening credits don't occur until 10 minutes into the film. While it is common nowadays for films to have a pre-credits sequence, it was considered innovative in 1967. See more »
Heart-pounding and adrenaline-rushing action giant that still packs a punch that will knock you out. A dozen criminals (Oscar-nominee John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland being the major standouts) are trained for a suicide mission into Nazi territory in 1944 and act as assassins. If you want to catch a thief, you hire a thief and that is the same principle used throughout this impressive motion picture. Lee Marvin does some of his best work as the leader of the rag-tag bunch of miscreants. Serves its purpose to near perfection. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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