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
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Robert T. Frederick, the commander of the Devil's Brigade, had a mustache in real life, but William Holden, who reportedly did not like his own image on film with a mustache, refused to grow or wear a false one, so the film's Frederick is clean lipped. Just one year later, Holden did agree to wear a mustache (a false one) in The Wild Bunch (1969) after several arguments with Sam Peckinpah. See more »
At the birthday party in Italy, they are drinking 1960's Miller High Life Beer cans. See more »
Maj. Alan Crown:
[after the Canadians finished singing a mocking version of 'Yankee Doodle']
Corporal Peacock, your stripes are not a licence to behave like an ass. There will be no more insulting or derogatory remarks about the Yanks, is that clear?
Cpl. Wilfrid Peacock:
Cpl. Wilfrid Peacock:
[addressing the Canadians]
There will be no more insulting or derogatory remarks about the Yanks.
Pvt. Hugh MacDonald:
Oh, would ordinary insults be acceptable, sir?
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The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced. See more »
I thought it was an emotional tribute to the First Special Service Force
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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