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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:
"Feed the French, Kill the Germans" 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:
When Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson ring the doorbell at the castle, the bell rings da da da dah (...-) 3 times in rapid succession. In Morse code this is the letter V (Victory) and the 4 notes represented by the code are the first notes of Ludwig van Beethoven's "5th Symphony", but again, even though by the German Beethoven, it was an Allied anthem signifying victory. Someone in dubbing the sound was having fun.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after Major Reisman fires into the ground of the camp with Colonel Breed's men holding the dozen, you see a close up of Reisman still on the roof of the building. He orders the sergeant to get some "special help" to disarm Breed's men. As they do this, you see in the background Reisman just hitting the ground as if he had already jumped down from the roof. The action continues and then you see him jump down again.See more »
Quotes:
Major John Reisman:Boy, do I love that Franko.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The ThundererSee more »

FAQ

Who are the 'dirty dozen'?
What is their mission?
What is 'The Dirty Dozen' about?
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"Feed the French, Kill the Germans", 7 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

John Wayne who apparently was offered the part of Major Reisman probably wisely turned it down. Wayne would never have done in the part of the maverick major in charge of training the way Lee Marvin was so perfect in the role. In fact Marvin's and the performance of others in the cast helped The Dirty Dozen get over two very big improbable situations I have always found in this film.

The first one being the way the conflict between Robert Ryan and Lee Marvin is handled. I can certainly see why a spit and polish West Point graduate like Ryan would not like Marvin, why Marvin would rub him the wrong way. But I cannot understand why when the Dozen are transferred to his command for parachute training they don't tell him what's going on. I would think he would have a need to know. Then again a whole big part of the film wouldn't have occurred if Ryan had been let in on Marvin's mission.

The second thing is that granted these guys might be considered expendable to say the least with several of the dozen scheduled for a firing squad, but the army would want to make sure the mission had some chance of succeeding. There's no way, absolutely no bloody way, that a psychotic like Telly Savalas would have been allowed on the mission. And why Lee Marvin didn't scrub him when psychiatrist Ralph Meeker offered to is beyond me as well.

Those glaring holes in the story have always prevented me from giving The Dirty Dozen the top rating that most have given it. But it hasn't prevented me from enjoying the film.

The basic idea of the film appeals to me. An unorthodox major taking a group of nonconformists to say the least and making them a crack fighting outfit. Regular army training did not do it for this crew the first time around.

Charles Bronson is one of the dozen and this film certainly put him well on the way to top billing. A dozen years later in fact he'd have it over Lee Marvin in Death Hunt. Jim Brown also having just finished his football career began his movie career with a winning performance as another of the dozen. John Cassavetes was singled out for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Also Donald Sutherland got his first real notice as yet another of the dozen.

A year later William Holden and Cliff Robertson did The Devil's Brigade which bore a lot of resemblance to The Dirty Dozen. It got slammed by critics for ripping off from The Dirty Dozen. The only problem was that Holden's film was based on a real outfit and The Dirty Dozen is pure fiction. Only in movieland.

Marvin's mission is to infiltrate and kill a lot of the German high command as they gather at a French château in the weeks before D-Day. How he does is something you have to watch The Dirty Dozen before. But I think you'll like seeing what happens.

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