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The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)

Major Reisman is "Volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Valentine
Tommy Wells
Sam Sixkiller
Wolf Kahler ...
Gen. Sepp Dietrich
Conrad E. Perkins
Arlen Dregors
Stephen Hattersley ...
Otto Deutsch
Robert E. Wright
Didier Le Clair
Michael John Paliotti ...
Paul Herzberg ...
Jeff Harding ...


Major Reisman is "Volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who plans to assassinate Hitler. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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12 Indomáveis Patifes: A missão seguinte  »

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Second of two consecutive back-to-back war movies for actor Ken Wahl whose previous picture had been the Vietnam War film Purple Hearts (1984). See more »


In the parachute jump, the riser lines were loose and too spread out in the close-up shots compared to the distance shots that showed the lines tight and closer together since the far-away shots were actual paratroopers coming down. See more »


Gen. Pierre Fontaine: We are not certain, but our intelligence reports that there's going to be another assassination attempt on Hitler.
Gen. Worden: Again? They can't do that. Kill their own Führer? That's cheating!
Gen. Bulldog Bardsley: Quite right, old boy.
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Edited from The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

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The Pitfalls of Making Sequels to Blockbusters, 101
5 April 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Nearly 20 years after the blockbuster success of "The Dirty Dozen," Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Richard Jaeckel re-teamed for a sequel, "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission." While Borgnine and Jaeckel retain their dignity and acquit themselves reasonably well, Marvin seems bored and tired throughout; "show me the money" is written all over his face. But the lead is not the only casting problem with this lackluster followup. The original dirty dozen were a motley crew of psychopaths and criminals, embodied by such great character actors as John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland. The dirty dozen in "Next Mission" are well scrubbed, clean cut young guys, who look as though they were former boy scouts recruited from a male escort service. To suggest these choir boys had committed crimes worthy of hanging or life at hard labor is laughable.

Mercifully, "Next Mission" is about an hour shorter than the classic original. The assignment this time is to assassinate a Nazi general, who is intent on killing Hitler. However, the reasoning for saving Der Fuhrer's life is never explained. The mission not only lacks justification, but also seems to lack any logical plan. The team lands at an airport inside Nazi controlled territory, calmly walks from the plane dressed in German uniforms, and boards a waiting bus. One of the team is an African-American, but that only seems to occur to anyone at the last minute, just before they deplane. If that is not howler enough, the team member who has only flown crop dusters suddenly becomes expert at flying a German war plane. Marvin tells the group they will not parachute, because they have not been trained and would be killed; later, the entire group parachutes safely in the dark. Michael Kane is credited with the "writing;" he should have sued to take his name off.

Director Andrew V. McLaglen is a competent director of such TV westerns as "Gunsmoke," Have Gun will Travel," and "Rawhide;" occasionally, he turned out a decent movie as well: "Shenandoah," "McLintock," "The Undefeated." However, the script for "Next Mission" defeated McLaglen and his career was over six years later, not long after another misguided sequel, "Return from the River Kwai." "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission" should be required viewing in film school, The Pitfalls of Making Sequels to Successful Films, 101. "Mission" is unnecessary, howlingly inept at times, and only tarnishes the image of Lee Marvin. Not surprisingly, none of the new dirty dozen became household names afterward; all involved should have passed on this mission and so should viewers.

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