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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 »
Major Crown informs Colonel Frederick that he and many of the Canadians fought at Dunkirk. In fact only one Canadian battalion of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment served in France (not the PPCLI as seen in the film.) It was part of the 2nd British Expeditionary Force and never reached as far east as Dunkirk but was evacuated in Operation Ariel through Brest. While it is possible Crown and a few men might have served directly with the British, the claim that many of the Canadians were at Dunkirk is improbable. See more »
You may sometimes get the feeling that Hollywood thinks that World War II was won entirely by commando units. But The Devil's Brigade is one of the better "Special Forces" films. William Holden is chosen to meld a group of American misfits with an elite group of Canadian Army troops. The results are sometimes predictable, but nevertheless, interesting and humorous.The well-chosen cast makes the film what it is, with Jeremy Slate turning in a understated but splendid performance as the hand-to-hand combat instructor. The Devil's Brigade is good entertainment.
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