The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  15 May 1968 (USA)
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An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits.



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Jeremy Slate ...
Jack Watson ...
Bill Fletcher ...
Tom Troupe ...
Jean-Paul Vignon ...
Tom Stern ...
Capt. Rose (as Harry Carey)


During World War II, a special fighting unit is formed that combines a crack Canadian Army unit and a conglomeration of U.S. Army misfits who had previously served time in military jails. After an initial period of conflict between the two groups, their enmity turns to respect and friendship, and the unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission that has heretofore been considered impossible to carry out. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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What they did to each other was nothing compared to what they did to the enemy!


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On several of the movie posters, the American contingent is referred to as "Spit," contrasting with the Canadian contingent, which is referred to as "Polish". See more »


The U.S. enlisted personnel in the First Special Service Force were not criminals and the unwanted of other units. They were recruited from volunteers with "outdoors" backgrounds. See more »


Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick: They say you find what something is worth when you pay for it.
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Crazy Credits

The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced. See more »


Referenced in McCloud: Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) See more »


She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Written by George A. Norton
Heard as the vehicles bring the troops back to camp after the brawl, and at Frederick's birthday (with modified lyrics)
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I thought it was an emotional tribute to the First Special Service Force
25 March 1999 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

I've read and researched quite a bit on the actual First Special Service Force, which this movie is based on, and found that, although it (as with most movies) does differ on occasion from the actual history, on the whole it is a moving tribute which captures the spirit of the Force. The acting was first-rate, and although the cinematography left a little to be desired I can see why it recieved high ratings among IMDB members.

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