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The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 August 1968 (UK)
An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits.

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 Bill Fletcher ... Pvt. Bronc Guthrie
Richard Dawson ... Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Pvt. Al Manella
Luke Askew ... Pvt. Hubert Hixon
Jean-Paul Vignon ... Pvt. Henri Laurent
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Diabo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1968
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Devil's Brigade actually existed; its formal military designation was the First Special Service Force (FSSF), and alternatively known as the 'Black Devils.' It was indeed a joint American-Canadian unit, was comprised of three regiments of two battalions each, and was envisioned for difficult, cold-weather, mountain-warfare missions. The members were known as 'Forcemen.' Initially earmarked for Northern Europe, the FSSF was first sent to the Pacific, and then to the Italian campaign, before finishing its service in Southern France in 1944. During World War II, the brigade suffered casualty rates of 39%. Upon disbandment in 1944, each nations' Forcemen was incorporated into their national armies. Veterans of the Devil's Brigade have been meeting each year, since 1945, in Montana, at the former training facility depicted in the movie, although in the movie, filming took place in Utah, as a stand in for Montana. See more »

Goofs

When the Canadian contingent arrives at the training centre (to use normal Canadian spelling), they are marching to bagpipes, but at far too fast a pace. Most pipe marches have a maximum pace of no more than about 90 paces per minute, but the pace in this scene appears to upwards of 140 paces or so. Also marching at that pace using the traditional British style of swinging each arm to shoulder height (which is the Canadian custom), is very difficult and awkward looking. It is highly unlikely to have been done at that speed in the Canadian Army, either then or today. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gen. Maxwell Hunter: Faith moves mountains. It doesn't take them.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Fifth Man in a String Quartet (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

You Always Hurt the One You Love
(uncredited)
Words by Allan Roberts and music by Doris Fisher
Sung by Ransom and a woman in the bar prior to the fight.
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An excellent movie based on a true story
2 September 2005 | by medicalguy2See all my reviews

This is one great film. I must say that when it comes to WW2, Canadians always seem to be left out. It was that way with The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan , The Great Escape etc, so I must say that seeing Hollywood making a movie with Canadians is exciting in itself. This movie is based upon an actual joint Canadian - American unit, that was formed during WW2. The movie is fairly accurate as far as how things really went, during training and also in combat. This unit was one of the crack units of the war, and the end battle of the movie was a real WW2 battle. I found the acting to be alright for its time, except that once again Canadians are portrayed as speaking with an English accent! as for the battles and the depth of the film, I would say it did a good job of bringing together the characters. I would say that this would make a great remake. I would also hope that maybe Hollywood would make a few more movies about this great unit and the people who served.


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