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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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According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, "The U.S. Department of Defense provided 300 members of the Utah National Guard to play soldiers in the mass battle scenes filmed on Wasatch Mountain." See more »

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In the barroom brawl sequence beer signs are plainly visible on the walls...Some are neon, some are not, all are out of place for that era. Until the late 80's/early 90's Coors beer was only available in Colorado and select places west of there, not in Montana...Also, that particular neon sign was strictly 1960s and would have been totally out of place then as well. The Lucky Lager sign was likewise 1960's in design - even though the beer would have been available then. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Billy 'Bronc' Guthrie: [referring to Henri] One of them's a frog, boys. Why don't you say something, froggy!
Pvt. Henri Laurent: Merde.
Pvt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Rockman: What the hell does that mean?
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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 »

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
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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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Go Canada
6 May 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie and I enjoyed it very much. One reason was because this American war movie actually had a Canadian background to it. For the first time ever in an American movie, the Canadians had a part in the plot. Finally some inclusion by our neighbour to the south in movies about the extreme efforts of Canadians during world war. The Canadians played just as big a part in the winning of the war as the Americans did, the only difference was that Americans had supreme man power. But there is no problem here, as the Allies worked together to achieve the ultimate goal of victory.

This "Devil's Brigade" was very much a true outfit. Originally they were used in the Aleutians to defend North America from Japanese invasion (1942), which in fact was never going to actually happen. This 1800 men force (a brigade) of Canadians and Americans were very well trained, and provided a very strong force that got the job done. Not only was a mission to land on the island of Kiska in the Aleutians done to rid the island of Japanese (the Japanese were already gone), but they went on special missions to destroy hydroelectric stations in Norway and northern Italy, to destroy oil fields in Romania, and as well as different missions in Italy, such as the making and breakout of the Anzio beachhead to the south of Rome.

So anyways, my point is first of all that this brigade did exist and were a strong military force, and second of all that it is nice to see Canadians in an American war movie, especially in 1968. Great movie, great history.


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