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The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 August 1968 (UK)
A US Army Colonel is tasked with forming an elite commando-style unit from crack Canadian troops and the dregs of the US Army.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

William Roberts (screenplay), Robert H. Adleman (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Cliff Robertson ... Maj. Alan Crown
Vince Edwards ... Maj. Cliff Bricker
Andrew Prine ... Pvt. Theodore Ransom
Jeremy Slate ... Sgt. Pat O'Neill
Claude Akins ... Pvt. Rocky Rockman
Jack Watson ... Cpl. Peacock
Richard Jaeckel ... Pvt. Omar Greco
Bill Fletcher ... Pvt. Bronc Guthrie
Richard Dawson ... Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Tom Troupe ... Pvt. Al Manella
Luke Askew ... Pvt. Hubert Hixon
Jean-Paul Vignon ... Pvt. Henri Laurent
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Capt. Cardwell
Harry Carey Jr. ... Capt. Rose (as Harry Carey)
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Storyline

During World War II, a special fighting unit is formed that combines a crack Canadian Army unit and a conglomeration of U.S. Army misfits who had previously served time in military jails. After an initial period of conflict between the two groups, their enmity turns to respect and friendship, and the unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission that has heretofore been considered impossible to carry out. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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What they did to each other was nothing compared to what they did to the enemy!

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

On February 5 2015, surviving members of the "Black Devils" upon which this movie was based--all in their 90s--received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award, for their service in WWII. See more »

Goofs

At the "graduation ceremony" the national flags used are the US Flag and the British Union Jack. While the Red Ensign was the popular but unofficial flag for Canada during the war, the First Special Service Force used the Official flags, the US and Union Flags. See more »

Quotes

The Lumberjack: [Tugs at Pvt. MacDonald's Kilt] Here. Your petticoat is showing.
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Crazy Credits

The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version of the film plays with subtitles for the Germans; the video version dosen't include subtitles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

You Always Hurt the One You Love
(uncredited)
Words by Allan Roberts and music by Doris Fisher
Sung by Andrew Prine and Gretchen Wyler in the bar prior to the fight.
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The cast makes the film.
12 December 1999 | by Cactus-7See all my reviews

You may sometimes get the feeling that Hollywood thinks that World War II was won entirely by commando units. But The Devil's Brigade is one of the better "Special Forces" films. William Holden is chosen to meld a group of American misfits with an elite group of Canadian Army troops. The results are sometimes predictable, but nevertheless, interesting and humorous.The well-chosen cast makes the film what it is, with Jeremy Slate turning in a understated but splendid performance as the hand-to-hand combat instructor. The Devil's Brigade is good entertainment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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