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
John Vogel <email@example.com>
Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
See more »
Did You Know?
When the film was released there were complaints that the training scenes went on for too long and that the actual mission should have started earlier. See more
In the training camp when the Dirty Dozen refuse shave with cold water, they are told that they will be refused hot water, soap and hot meals, only K rations until they do shave and bathe. However the next meal they receive is obviously hot. Also during the training exercise war game, they are clean shaved (and probably washed) despite their refusal to do so. No scene between their refusal and the war game depicts them shaving and washing. 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.
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
Referenced in Veronica Mars: Ahoy Mateys
Don't Blame Me
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields See more