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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) and
Lukas Heller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 June 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A well structured and interesting story, although poorly edited in the final act See more (147 total) »

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)

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)
Rick Lester .... stunt performer (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)
Edward Michael Perry .... electrician (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
Country:
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:
MGM's biggest moneymaker of 1967.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The ambulance in the movie is a M43 ambulance made during the Korean war (1950-1953) and not WWII (1939-1945).See more »
Quotes:
Joseph T. Wladislaw:I wish I could read this. I think it's dirty.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Semper FidelisSee more »

FAQ

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Is 'The Dirty Dozen' based on a book?
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34 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A well structured and interesting story, although poorly edited in the final act, 20 February 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

It's difficult when you approach an old movie to see it for the first time and you have to try and drop all the baggage associated with it from reviews and analysis over the years. The Dirty Dozen is such a movie. I just watched it for the first time last night on TV, clipped though it was for those smaller brained people among us who don't like to see dark bits at the top and bottom of their screens.

It's interesting that there are three real character acts to this movie. There's the dark opening and character introduction, the fun act where the characters meld together into a team, and the closing act where the mission, and the war, become a stark and deadly reality. That last act is dark too, although there a couple of accidental laughs in there for the worst character expression at a death ever, and one particularly bad death scene.

What does strike you about the opening is how really dark it all is. We're talking about murders who are looking at to be retrained. Indeed one is a rapist with a serious God complex who is bordering on utterly insane. They are about to be hanged for their crimes, but have one last chance. Poor Major John Reisman has no say in the matter, he has his band and has to make them work.

It's well filmed for the first two character acts, and the acting is very good. John Cassavetes and Telly Savalas are wonderful in their roles. In fact it's a surprise to see Savalas in such a role and shining so brightly. Donald Sutherland also shows he has some excellent character acting in him. The rest are far from bad, but you can see a lot of typecasting for them.

The movement from the dark opening to the more jovial training act is interesting to watch, as this is exactly how many of the characters are seeing it, as a bit of fun. What they aren't expecting is the third character act, that of the actual war itself, and for some this proves too much.

The difficulty I had with the final act is only in the filming. There are premature cuts, awkward angles and jumping storytelling. So much is missed by the camera, and it doesn't feel like it's there to let your imagination run, it seems like someone has cut the film deliberately, and quite badly. There are quite a few scene transitions that just don't work at all.

However, where it doesn't fail is bringing the characters to their ultimate journey, that of redemption and a renewed desire to fight for their Major, and their fellow men. They become soldiers, and indeed heroes.

It's a good war film to watch, very well structured and reflective of the characters journeys. It's just that final act for me which spoiled my enjoyment, and purely in the filming of it.

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