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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

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

At the beginning of the film Capt. Cardwell draws a handgun and shoots a rattlesnake, then twirls the pistol before holstering it. An experienced gun-hand would never twirl a double action revolver for fear of an accidental discharge. See more »

Quotes

Major Cliff Bricker: [Referring to Headquarters] Is there a chance, sir? Have you got friends up there?
Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick: No. But at this point I don't care about making any more enemies.
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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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Heard several times as a theme, including as the troops approach Santa Elia and during the action there, and at Frederick's birthday
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I thought it was an emotional tribute to the First Special Service Force
25 March 1999 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

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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