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Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Holt
Maurice Fontenac
Ronnie Webber
David Webber
Eric 'Swede' Wallan
Joe Stern
Wolf Kahler ...
Colonel Krieger
Francis Kelly
Emmanuelle Meyssignac ...
Marie Verlaine
Ernesto Ferruci
Pavle Balenovic ...
Mario Barbaric ...
Branko Blace ...


Telly Savalas assumes the role of the leader of the Dirty Dozen from Lee Marvin. In this movie he and the Dozen are suppose to destroy a nerve gas manufacturing plant before the Germans can make enough to use against the Allies. Written by <>

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When it's impossible... send in the Dozen.


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This is the only "Dirty Dozen" movie (i.e. of the original The Dirty Dozen (1967) movie and its three television tele-movie sequels) that doesn't have an African-American as one of the Dirty Dozen. See more »


When Major Wright (Telly Savalas) is testing the new recruits under fire, he says that "the .30 caliber machine gun at the other end of the field is locked in to fire at 36 inches above the ground" yet when the machine gun is shown firing above the heads of the troops crawling on the ground, the barrel is jumping in all directions from the recoil and being aimed manually by the gunner, clearly not locked in any direction. See more »


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13 November 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Wow after "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)" they managed to scrape out another two more late 80s straight-to-TV sequels. I didn't even know there was a fourth, yet alone a third. No more Lee Marvin, instead we have Telly Savalas barking the orders. Actually amongst that tough impression is a reflectively moralistic manner that shows he's not your typical by the book soldier. He pushes his men, but for that he grows attached to them. Again it follows the chewy formula of its influencer's; during WW2 a group of misfit stock criminals facing the death penalty are hand picked and trained up in England by Savalas' character to go on a virtual suicide mission behind enemy lines in France to destroy nerve gas containers hidden in a Monastery. Some familiar faces (some slumming it) do pop up in this group; Bo Svenson (who gets a memorable introduction), Vince Edwards, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Vincent Van Patten, James Van Patten and Thom Mathews (who'll horror fans might recognize). Also featuring is Ernest Borgnine and Wolf Kahler as a German Colonel. It's a sturdily brazen little action joint, as the drama thickens and it builds up to a thrilling climax battle where the act of bravery and redemption shines through. There are enough bangs, secret phrases, cheerful marching music, character conflicts and tension to be entertained within its quick moving time frame.

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