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15 June 1967 (USA) See more »
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Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
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A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Maj. Reisman

Ernest Borgnine ... Gen. Worden

Charles Bronson ... Joseph Wladislaw

Jim Brown ... Robert Jefferson

John Cassavetes ... Victor Franko

Richard Jaeckel ... Sgt. Bowren

George Kennedy ... Maj. Max Armbruster
Trini López ... Pedro Jiminez (as Trini Lopez)

Ralph Meeker ... Capt. Stuart Kinder

Robert Ryan ... Col. Everett Dasher Breed

Telly Savalas ... Archer Maggott

Donald Sutherland ... Vernon Pinkley

Clint Walker ... Samson Posey

Robert Webber ... Gen. Denton
Tom Busby ... Milo Vladek
Ben Carruthers ... Glenn Gilpin

Stuart Cooper ... Roscoe Lever
Robert Phillips ... Cpl. Morgan - MP Guard
Colin Maitland ... Seth Sawyer
Al Mancini ... Tassos Bravos
George Roubicek ... Pvt. Arthur James Gardner
Thick Wilson ... Gen. Worden's Aide
Dora Reisser ... German Officer's Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michael Anthony ... German Officer in Staff Car (uncredited)
Cynthia Bizeray ... German Officer's Wife (uncredited)
Leo Britt ... German General in Staff Car (uncredited)
Harry Brooks Jr. ... German Officer (uncredited)
Alan Chuntz ... French Servant (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton ... Clayton (uncredited)
Hugh Elton ... German Officer (uncredited)
Gary Files ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Judith Furse ... Drunken General's Wife (uncredited)
Hal Galili ... MP Master Sergeant / Hangman (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara ... Airborne Soldier (uncredited)

Willoughby Gray ... German Officer (uncredited)
Gerard Heinz ... Card-Playing German Officer (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... 2nd German Sentry at Chateau (uncredited)
George Hilsdon ... Medical Officer at Hanging (uncredited)
John Hollis ... German Porter at Chateau (uncredited)
Alf Joint ... German Sentry Wanting Light (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... German Officer (uncredited)
Eric Kent ... Airborne Soldier (uncredited)
John Ketteringham ... (uncredited)

Hildegard Knef ... (uncredited)
Ann Lancaster ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... German Officer's Wife (uncredited)

Richard Marner ... German Sentry at Chateau (uncredited)

Dick Miller ... MP at Hanging (uncredited)
Lou Morgan ... MP Putting Hood on Gardner (uncredited)
Lionel Murton ... MP Lt. Col. in charge at hanging (uncredited)
Suzanne Owens-Duval ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Mike Reid ... Sergeant at War Games HQ (uncredited)
Terry Richards ... Blake (uncredited)
Gordon Ruttan ... MP Corporal / Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Frederick Schiller ... Drunken German General (uncredited)
Michael Segal ... Airborne Band Conductor (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... German Officer Who Seals the Bunker (uncredited)
Warren Stanhope ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michael Stayner ... German Radio Operator (uncredited)
Emile Stemmler ... German Officer (uncredited)
John Tatum ... German Officer (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... Airborne Soldier (uncredited)
Burnell Tucker ... Army Doctor (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ... German Officer (uncredited)
Theodore Wilhelm ... German Officer (uncredited)
Vicki Woolf ... Prostitute (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) and
Lukas Heller (screenplay)

E.M. Nathanson (novel)

Produced by
Raymond Anzarut .... associate producer
Kenneth Hyman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as De Vol)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
 
Art Direction by
William Hutchinson  (as W.E. Hutchinson)
 
Makeup Department
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist (as Walter Schneiderman)
 
Production Management
Julian Mackintosh .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Colin Grimes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tim Hutchinson .... set designer (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recording
Franklin Milton .... sound recording
John Poyner .... sound editor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects supervisor
Alan Barnard .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Whybrow .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Woodbridge .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Chuntz .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
William Offer .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Tony Spratling .... camera operator
Chris Ashbrook .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Jim Dawes .... grip (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... camera operator (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Frank De Vol .... conductor (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Walter Lesley Tiley .... truck driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Walter Blake .... main title design
Jim Dowdall .... armorer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dirty Dozen" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Runtime:
150 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (cable rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1968) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2006) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1995) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #20802) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the German guards killed at the checkpoint ended up with a promotion, Richard Marner is the guard saying he has leave. He went on to play Col. Kurt Von Strohm in the British sitcom "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982).See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: After Major Reisman and Wladislaw shoot (several times) the guards outside the bomb shelter and the German officer closes the door; the blond guard can be seen moving around on the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Major John Reisman:I never went in for embroidery, just results.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild Seven (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy Idiot WaltzSee more »

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56 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Excellent WWII Action Piece and Representation of 60s Pop Culture, 28 March 2005
Author: SgtSlaughter from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

Acclaimed director Robert Aldrich (also famous to war film buffs for his rule-breaking drama, "Attack") twists the familiar 'unit picture' into a famous story of unexpected heroism in the midst of World War II. Instead of making his heroes clean-cut, American draftees, we're looking at the dirtiest convicts the Armed Forces has got to offer.

OSS Major Reisman (Lee Marvin, "Hell in the Pacific") is an insubordinate Army officer who's facing a court-martial, when he's given one last chance for a reprieve: select twelve Army prisoners from a maximum-security detention center, train them for a top-secret mission behind the German lines, and then lead them into battle. If they succeed in the mission, they'll be released. For Reisman, it's a tough call, but it's his only chance to save his career.

The men he was to work with are a mixed batch, and director Aldrich packs a lot of character development into a two-and-a-half-hour movie. The most important of the "Dirty Dozen" is Franko, a small-time Chicago hoodlum who's facing the gallows for robbery and subsequent murder of a British civilian. It's clear from the start that Franko is a loner who thinks he's big stuff, but Reisman manages to prove that he's really all talk. More than once, he considers and even attempts escape from the remote training camp that the Dozen are forced to build – but maybe, just maybe, beneath that rebellious attitude, there's a chance for redemption.

Then there are some more sympathetic types: Wladislaw (Charles Bronson, "Battle of the Bulge") was once a front-line infantryman who shot his platoon's medic when the medic got scared under fire and started running – Bronson says "He took off with all the medical supplies… only way to stop him was to shoot him." Jefferson (Jim Brown, "Ice Station Zebra") has been convicted for murder – his defense is he was defending himself from vicious, racist MPs who were abusing him. Wladislaw and Jefferson find themselves allied in order to get Franko on their side, because they have faith in Reisman and aren't willing to let Franko's rebellion become infectious.

Also in fine support is Clint Walker ("None But the Brave") as the big Navajo, Posey, who punched a man too hard for shoving him. He really didn't mean to kill him; he just doesn't like being pushed. Posey comes off as a cuddly teddy bear who'd never intentionally hurt a soul, and it's clear from the start that he's one of the good guys. Finally, Telly Savalas ("Kelly's Heroes") lends a hand as the psychotic, racist, religious fanatic Maggot, who believes his job is to punish the other 11 men for their "wickedness". His motives are never really clear; all we really know is that Maggot is somewhat unhinged and potentially dangerous.

Even though Reisman and his squad don't get along, they're forced to become allied against a common enemy – the American General Staff, who want to do nothing short of shut the operation down. Aldrich again breaks the rules, making the conventionally "good guys" into the enemy. The Germans are barely mentioned throughout the first two acts, and only become involved for the explosive finale. The heart of this movie is anti-establishment behavior, right in the vein of the protest culture of the 60s: the good guys are the unshaven criminals, and the bad guys are the clean-cut, well-dressed Generals who come across as stupid and vain. As Colonel Everett Dasher Breed, Robert Ryan ("Flying Leathernecks") makes an excellent bully, a villain that the Dozen eventually unite to take action against.

Once the men have been trained and are finally cooperating and acting as a unit, it's time to set them loose on the Nazis. And still, the story doesn't become stereotypical. The mission is simple: the men will parachute into occupied France, penetrate a château being used as a rest center for high-level German officers, and kill as many of said officers as possible in a short amount of time. This operation involves stabbing defenseless women, machine-gunning prisoners, and finally, locking several dozen German officers and their mistresses in an underground bomb shelter, pouring gasoline down on them through air vents, loading said air vents with hand grenades, and then blowing up the whole place.

Characters and story aside, the film benefits from some superb editing by Michael Luciano. Director Aldrich and cinematographer Edward Scaife work hand in hand to compose every shot. The cramped, dank prison cells in the first act are utterly convincing, and the layout of the huge, magnificent German-occupied château looks, quite appropriately, like a cross between a marvelous mansion and an impregnable fortress. The battle scenes are well-choreographed, too. Never does a moment go by where we do not know where one encounter is happening in relation to what the rest of the squad is dealing with in and around the Château. Frank de Vol's sweeping score is used sparingly, and adds to both the humor and suspense of the picture. One scene, in which Donald Sutherland's character "inspects" a platoon of the 82nd Airborne, is set to a live orchestra's performance perfectly.

War is a really a dirty business – this isn't a movie about men playing by the rules. It's about breaking every rule in the book to get a job done, and if a few innocent bystanders get in the way, they're simply collateral damage. On a higher level, Aldrich's film reflects culture attitudes of the late 60s. Moviegoers wanted a film which encouraged breaking the rules, which showed the higher levels of the American military as deeply flawed, and made the dregs of society into the heroes of the piece. It's a cynical representation of the time it was made in, but holds up flawlessly 40 years later, in a culture which has probably been shaped by the attitudes the film reflects in every frame.

10/10

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