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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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Die Teufelsbrigade  »

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Trivia

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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Throughout the movie, Rocky wears the stripes of a sergeant, but when he is being questioned by the Germans, he calls himself a corporal. 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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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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The cast makes the film.
12 December 1999 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

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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