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The Devil's Brigade (1968)

 -  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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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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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

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The Devil's Brigade  »

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Trivia

The Devil's Brigrade actually existed (although the unit was actually known as "The Black Devils"). During World War II, the brigade suffered casualty rates of 39%. Following the end of WWII, the brigade was disbanded. Veterans of the Devil's Brigade have been meeting each year, since 1945, in Montana, at the former training facility depicted in the movie. See more »

Goofs

All of the American officers, when wearing neckties are wearing Army Green neckties. They should be wearing khaki ties. Army Green did not come along until well after WW II. The enlisted men are all wearing the proper ties. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Pat O'Neill: The human body has numerous vulnerable points.
[Rockman charges at O'Neill]
Sgt. Pat O'Neill: [while hitting Rockman] The elbow, the ribs, and the neck.
Sgt. Pat O'Neill: Including... the solar plexus.
[Kicks Rockman in the gut]
Sgt. Pat O'Neill: And many other points.
Sgt. Pat O'Neill: It's true you are a great powerful beast, but you'll note how his own size and weight can be used against him.
[Canadians applaud]
Sgt. Pat O'Neill: Name: Sergeant Patrick O'Neill, Position: Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructor.
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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 »

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

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
(uncredited)
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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A great movie which serves as a link to my grandfather.
8 August 1999 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

My grandfather passed away when I was 14. He was a member of the First Special Service Force "The Devil's Brigade". While the movie is not 100% historically accurate, it gives me a link to my grandfather. When I watch the movie it gives me an appreciation of what he did to serve his country. I would recommend this movie to anyone with an interest in WWII.


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