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Play Dirty (1969)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  1 January 1969 (UK)
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The Dirty Dozen meet the Stiff Upper Lip. A British Petroleum executive (Michael Caine) is assigned to work with the British Army in North Africa handling port duties for incoming fuels. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Douglas
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Capt. Cyril Leech
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Col. Masters
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Brig. Blore
Patrick Jordan ...
Maj. Alan Watkins
Daniel Pilon ...
Capt. Allwood (Blore's adjutant at Special Forces HQ)
Martin Burland ...
Dead Officer
George McKeenan ...
Corporal at Quayside
Bridget Espeet ...
Ann
Bernard Archard ...
Col. Homerton
Aly Ben Ayed ...
Sadok
Enrique Ávila ...
Kalarides (as Enrique Avila)
Mohsen Ben Abdallah ...
Hassan
Mohamed Kouka ...
Assine
Takis Emmanuel ...
Kostos Manov (as Takis Emmanouel)
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The Dirty Dozen meet the Stiff Upper Lip. A British Petroleum executive (Michael Caine) is assigned to work with the British Army in North Africa handling port duties for incoming fuels. This gives him the official rank of Captain in the British Army. The Colonel (Nigel Green) in charge of the Dirty Dozen is told he must have a British officer accompany his men on a dangerous mission 400 miles behind the German lines and is saddled with the Petroleum executive, who tries to argue his way out by saying that his contract states he is to only work port duties. That argument is lost on the Brigade Commander (Harry Andrews) who simply points out that the executive is wearing a British uniform. The real leader of the Dirty Dozen (Nigel Davenport), a released prisoner himself, doesn't need or want the British officer, who's supposed to be in charge, but he's promised an extra 2,000 British Pounds if he gets him back alive. Disguised as Italians, their trek across Rommel's Africa includes ... Written by AzRanger {ArizonaRanger @ Hotmail . com}

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Forget the medals, throw away the rule book, if you want to survive.... Play Dirty

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Det beskidte spil  »

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This movie is considered a "Dirty Dozen" influenced picture. Both movies' story-lines involve convicts going on a World War II deadly mission. This film even uses the word "Dirty" in its title like The Dirty Dozen (1967). Interestingly, this movie's cinematographer Edward Scaife was also the D.O.P. on The Dirty Dozen (1967). See more »

Goofs

If the Brits could overfly the fuel dump to photograph it (near the end of the film), they could bomb it. See more »

Quotes

[Leech unexpected guns down a group of Bedouins]
Capt. Douglas: [startled but calm] What did you do that for?
Capt. Cyril Leech: I didn't like the tea.
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Lyrics and Music by Jimmie Davis (as Jimmy Davis) and Charles Mitchell
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Hard and cynical film of André De Toth
4 September 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Of Toth, was inspired by "The dirty dozen" of Aldrich to create this story of a group of mercenaries who are taken to a suicide mission, led by an army captain English that interprets Michael Caine of masterly.

Good film war, in line of reasoning of the famous movie "The dirty dozen", but much less pleasant and with characters much less charismatic, capable of performing actions and decisions questionable, even in the war, but that does not leave indifferent to anyone. We should not expect to see a film of heroes, although perhaps villains.

Movie filmed in England and Spain all the magnificent affairs that make us believe in the true north Africa, photographed by Edward Scaife. "Play Dirty" is an atypical film war that leaves no indifferent to anyone. Film cynical, rough, and completely criticism with the hierarchy and the power, is a work far removed from the classic tapes of glorification of military hero politically correct.


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