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 <email@example.com>
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 »
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 »
You Always Hurt the One You Love
Words by Allan Roberts and music by Doris Fisher
Sung by Andrew Prine and Gretchen Wyler in the bar prior to the fight. See more »
The cast makes the film.
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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