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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission -- A renegade team of World War II soldiers. This time, one of the 12 is a woman and, with a Nazi spy within their midst, they're up against German wartime geniuses out to establish a Fourth Reich.


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Writers (WGA):
Nunnally Johnson (characters in screenplay) and
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14 February 1988 (USA) See more »
A team of renegade soldiers of World War II try to avoid the constitution of the IV Reich. | Add synopsis »
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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012)
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Telly Savalas ... Maj. Wright

Ernest Borgnine ... Gen. Sam Worden
Hunt Block ... Joe Stern
Matthew Burton ... Gen. Kurt Richter

Jeff Conaway ... Sgt. Holt

Alex Cord ... Dravko Demchuk

Erik Estrada ... Carmine D'Agostino

Ernie Hudson ... Joe Hamilton
James Carroll Jordan ... Lonnie Wilson

Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini ... Tom Ricketts (as Ray Mancini)

John Matuszak ... Fred Collins

Natalija Nogulich ... Yelena Petrovic (as Natalia Nogulich)

Heather Thomas ... Lt. Carol Campbell

Anthony Valentine ... British Colonel

Richard Yniguez ... Roberto Echevarria (as Richard Yñiguez)
Branko Blace ... Munoz
Robert Bobinac ... Porter
Budimar Sobat ... Mitchell
Matko Raguz ... Peter
Ranko Zidaric ... Vasco Petrovic
Ray Armstrong ... Kranz
Greg Charles ... Lieutenant
Drew Lucas ... Captain Craig

Scott Hoxby ... Hoffman (as Derek Hoxby)
Peter Arp ... SS Captain
Slavko Juraga ... Partisan Fighter
Gus Savalas ... U.S. Captain
Clare Grant ... British Whore
Kazia Pelka ... British Hooker (as Kaiza Pelka)
Richard Garnett ... British Pilot
Slavica Knezevic ... Lady of the House
Tibor Belitza ... New Butler (as Tibor Belicza)
Sreten Mokrovic ... Richter's Aide
Slobodan Milovanovic ... SS Major
Kresimir Dolencic ... Private (as Kreso Dolencic)
Damir Saban ... SS Sergeant
Ivo Kristof ... Capt. Carl Ludwig
Milan Plecas ... Bulgarian Fascist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sinisa Cmrk ... (uncredited)
Danilo Poprzen ... Old Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee H. Katzin 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (characters in screenplay) and
Lukas Heller (characters in screenplay)

Mark Rodgers (written by)

Produced by
Boris Gregoric .... associate producer
Mel Swope .... producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Tomislav Pinter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leon Carrere 
Richard E. Rabjohn 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
Art Direction by
Zeljko Senecic 
Vladimir Tadej 
Makeup Department
Boris Cavlina .... makeup artist
Marija Valkovic .... hair stylist
Production Management
Boris Dmitrovic .... unit production manager
Bruce A. Pobjoy .... post-production supervisor
Christopher Seitz .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zvonimir Ilijic .... first assistant director (as Zvonko Ilijic)
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan .... second assistant director (as Sergio Mimica)
Jim Weatherill .... first assistant director
Zdravko Madzarevic .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Stanislav Dobrina .... set dresser
Nikola Pajic .... construction manager
Ivo Ujevic .... property master
Sound Department
Dwayne Avery .... sound supervisor (as Dwayne E. Avery)
Gail Clark Burch .... adr supervisor (as Gail M. Clark)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Sandy MacRae .... sound mixer (as Sandy Macrae)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer (uncredited)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Petar Zivkovic .... special effects supervisor
Paul Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ricky Farns .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Mladen Markovic .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Roy Quinn .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Lee Winter .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Petar Buntic .... stunt coordinator
Ivan Pavletic .... stunts
Radovan Ribic .... stunts
Aldo Toncic .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stjepan Klen .... key grip
Ivica Rajkovic .... camera operator
Vladimir Ruzic .... chief lighting technician (as Vlado Ruzic)
Branko Knez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Marijan Marcius .... key grip (uncredited)
Tihomir Marcius .... best boy (uncredited)
Tomislav Marcius .... grip (uncredited)
Goran Mecava .... focus puller (uncredited)
Vjekoslav Vrdoljak .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vladimir Bacic .... casting: Yugoslavia (as Vlado Bacic)
Anne Henderson .... casting: UK (as Ann Henderson)
Sabine Schroth .... casting: West Germany (as Sabina Schroth)
Mark Tillman .... casting: US
Zoran Dragovic .... casting: Yugoslavia (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Franjo Simek .... wardrobe master
James Wakely .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chuck Ellison .... assistant editor
Grant Hoag .... assistant editor
Ranko Paukovic .... assistant editor
Carmen Randic .... assistant editor (as Karmen Randic)
Music Department
Richard S. Kaufman .... music supervisor
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Transportation Department
Velimir Supljika .... transportation captain
Mladen Cernjak .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Mark White .... props transportation (uncredited)
Mark White .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Zoran Blazevic .... location manager
Zoran Dragovic .... crowd marshall
Velinka Ficor .... production coordinator
E.M. Nathanson .... writer: novel "The Dirty Dozen"
Mirko Orescanin .... armorer
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Branko Repalust .... armorer
Branko Tusek .... train coordinator
Marko Vrdoljak .... military liaison
Bill Wells .... production accountant
Zrinka Anic .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Drago Klincic .... auditor (uncredited)
Igor Nola .... location manager (uncredited)
The People of Yugoslavia .... the producers wish to thank: for their good spirit and cooperation

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dirty Dozen 4" - International (English title) (informal title)
"Dirty Dozen IV" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Dirty Dozen 4" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Dirty Dozen IV" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Spain:100 min | USA:100 min | West Germany:91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Set during 1943 in England, Denmark and Yugoslavia.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
In the MoodSee more »


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This time the motley group goes to stop a train with Nazi passengers who attempt to create the IV Reich, 17 May 2011
Author: ma-cortes

¨Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission¨ is an average follow-up with Telly Savalas as tough officer replacing Lee Marvin and the ordinary team of renegade soldiers of World War II . Telly Savalas training a group of rebel and misfit soldiers for a dangerous assault on a railway locomotive , the Orient Express . This is a rugged WWII actioner concerning about an experienced officer , Major Wright , he's assigned by Military staff (Ernest Borgnine who acted in the original and all the sequels)) to train a dropout group of murderers , criminals and rapists who get a chance to redeem themselves . They are a bunch of dispensable characters with no past and no future . Savalas reprieves a bunch of ¨Death Row¨ inmates , forges them into a two-fisted fighting unit and leads them on a deadly assignment into Nazi territory , but there is a traitor in the team .The prisoners are oddballs , rag-tag and undisciplined gang (a large cast formed by Erik Strada , Mancini, Ernie Hudson , Ricardo Yniguez ), under command a sergeant (Jeff Conaway) and a lieutenant (Heather Thomas). The team is hardly trained by the Major Whright . In this film Savalas and his motley band , the Dirty Dozen, are suppose to destroy and avoid the constitution of the IV Reich against the Allies . When they arrive in Yugoslavia are helped by the resistance fighters . At the end they must participate in the suicidal mission behind the enemy lines , to wipe a German train , number 420, going to Istambul by means of an assault over a strongly protected vehicle.

Savalas as Maj. Wright assumes the character of the leader of the Dirty Dozen from Lee Marvin in the classic directed by Robert Aldrich and based on the characters created by T.M. Nathanson , being scripted by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller. This moving film packs frantic thrills, perilous adventures , relentless feats , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence. The noisy action is uniformly regularly-made, especially deserving of mention the rip-roaring final scenes on the train , including a spectacular crashing . Apart from the values of team spirit , cudgeled by Savalas into his rebel group , the film is full of feats , suspense , and thrills . Rough Telly Savallas is good as leader of the motley pack together thwart the Nazi schemes, as well as the largely secondary cast with special mention to Ernie Hudson. Atmospheric and martial musical score by John Cavacas and appropriate cinematography filmed in Zagreb, Croatia . This is is a wartime typical vehicle and into the ¨warlike commando genre¨ , which also belong : Where eagles dare(Brian G. Hutton) and Kelly's heroes(Hutton ), Tobruk (Arthur Hiller), Devil's Brigade (Andrew V McLagen) and many others .

The exciting , original and Box-Office hit ,¨Dirty dozen¨ with star-studded as Marvin , Robert Ryan , Clint Walker , Jim Brown was followed by various sequels , a trio of inferior Telefilms (1985 , 87 , 88) as ¨Dirty Dozen II: The next mission ¨ by Andrew V McLagen with Lee Marvin and Richard Jaeckel, Borgnine , Larry Wilcox and Wolf Kahler , ¨Dirty Dozen III : Deadly mission¨ by Lee H Katzin and ¨Dirty Dozen : Fatal mission¨ also by Lee H Katzin ; both of them shot at the same time with similar actors , director , musician , John Cavacas, and cameraman , Tomislav Pinter , being filmed in Croacia.

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