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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, War | 22 October 1967 (UK)
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

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Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Major Reisman
Ernest Borgnine ... General Worden
Charles Bronson ... Joseph Wladislaw
Jim Brown ... Robert Jefferson
John Cassavetes ... Victor Franko
Richard Jaeckel ... Sergeant Bowren
George Kennedy ... Major Max Armbruster
Trini López ... Pedro Jiminez (as Trini Lopez)
Ralph Meeker ... Captain Stuart Kinder
Robert Ryan ... Col. Everett Dasher Breed
Telly Savalas ... Archer Maggott
Donald Sutherland ... Vernon Pinkley
Clint Walker ... Samson Posey
Robert Webber ... General Denton
Tom Busby ... Milo Vladek
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Storyline

A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

D-Day Began When The Dirty Dozen Were Done! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dirty Dozen See more »

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Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Had the unit left for Allied lines, they could have connected with Airborne pathfinders after the mission. See more »

Goofs

The 101st Airborne's band (when playing during the visit by the "General") was playing "Semper Fidelis", the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by the United States Marine Band's first & most famous conductor, John Philip Sousa. This piece of music would not be something a United States Army band would play. See more »

Quotes

[after being given his mission]
Maj. Gen. Worden: What do you say, Major?
Major John Reisman: lt confirms a suspicion l've had for some time now, sir.
Maj. Gen. Worden: Think we might share that suspicion? l think you should.
Major John Reisman: Since we are over here to try to win the war, it shouldn't be advertised that someone we work for is a raving lunatic.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits don't occur until 10 minutes into the film. While it is common nowadays for films to have a pre-credits sequence, it was considered innovative in 1967. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Spain, the dubbed version changed John Cassavetes's character's name Franko into "Franchi" for obvious reasons (Spain was then under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco) See more »

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Don't Blame Me
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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User Reviews

Now That Is What I Would Call 12 Angry Men.
30 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Heart-pounding and adrenaline-rushing action giant that still packs a punch that will knock you out. A dozen criminals (Oscar-nominee John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland being the major standouts) are trained for a suicide mission into Nazi territory in 1944 and act as assassins. If you want to catch a thief, you hire a thief and that is the same principle used throughout this impressive motion picture. Lee Marvin does some of his best work as the leader of the rag-tag bunch of miscreants. Serves its purpose to near perfection. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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