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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Adventure, War  |  14 February 1988 (USA)
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A team of renegade soldiers of World War II try to avoid the constitution of the IV Reich.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hunt Block ...
Joe Stern
Matthew Burton ...
Gen. Kurt Richter
Sgt. Holt
Dravko Demchuk
Carmine D'Agostino
Joe Hamilton
James Carroll Jordan ...
Lonnie Wilson
Tom Ricketts (as Ray Mancini)
Fred Collins
Yelena Petrovic (as Natalia Nogulich)
Lt. Carol Campbell
British Colonel
Roberto Echevarria (as Richard Yñiguez)


A team of renegade soldiers of World War II try to avoid the constitution of the IV Reich.

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Das dreckige Dutzend - The Fatal Mission  »

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This is the only "Dirty Dozen" movie (i.e. of the original The Dirty Dozen (1967) and its three television tele-movie sequels_) that doesn't have its mission set in Nazi German occupied France as all the others did (See: The Dirty Dozen (1967); The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985) and Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)). See more »


Major Wright is wearing silver oak leafs which is the rank of Lt. Col. See more »


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Heather Thomas Can Act
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched Heather Thomas in "The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission" a 1988 made for TV movie. If you want to watch a movie where Heather shows plenty of skin, this isn't it. She's never out of uniform. But if you like action films with lots of things blowing up, you may like it. This is Heather's best acting performance, at least that I've seen.

The basic plot is that the Nazis are sending twelve men under thirty who are bright, talented and loyal to the Reich to the via the Orient Express ti the Middle East with a long term (decades maybe) mission of starting a Fourth Reich in case they lose the war. The mission of the Dirty Dozen will be to kill them.

Heather plays Lieutenant Carol Campbell, a military intelligence officer and daughter of a career foreign service officer who traveled extensively in eastern Europe. She starts out in the movie working for Ernest Borgnine, who is a General with oversight on Telly Sevales, leader of The Dirty Dozen. She drives Bornine into the military prison right after Sevales fails to recruit Joe Stern, played by Hunt Block, long-time soap opera star (he's still on "Guiding Light"). As Sevales takes a walk with Borgnine, Block sits up from the potatoes he's peeling and takes a good look at Heather. Heather goes over to talk to him. He joins the team. They fall in love.

There is a plot hole and a nitpick in the film involving Heather. She is with Sevales during a raid in the opening scene. But when she volunteers to join The Dirty Dozen, he acts like she's never worked for him before and tries to talk her out of it. Also, Heather does double duty as Borgnine's driver. An officer wouldn't have that job. The producers probably were just trying to get her into more scenes.

So, good job on the acting, Heather. But couldn't the writers have put in a shower scene somewhere?

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