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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

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:
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
Anthony Valentine ...
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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Release Date:

14 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das dreckige Dutzend - The Fatal Mission  »

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Did You Know?


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 has a woman as a member of the Dirty Dozen. She is Lt. Carol Campbell and is played by Heather Thomas. See more »


Throughout the movie, members of the Dirty Dozen are wearing web belts from the M1956 series of gear that didn't exist until 1956 and wasn't implemented until the Vietnam War. See more »


Follows The Dirty Dozen (1967) 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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