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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
... Maj. Alan Crown
... Maj. Cliff Bricker
... Pvt. Theodore Ransom
... Sgt. Pat O'Neill
... Pvt. Rocky Rockman
... Cpl. Peacock
... Pvt. Omar Greco
Bill Fletcher ... Pvt. Bronc Guthrie
... Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Tom Troupe ... Pvt. Al Manella
... Pvt. Hubert Hixon
... Pvt. Henri Laurent
... Capt. Cardwell
... Capt. Rose (as Harry Carey)
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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!

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2 August 1968 (UK)  »

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A Brigada do Diabo  »

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$8,000,000, 31 December 1968
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Trivia

Nearly all the actors were too old to play soldiers. See more »

Goofs

The Canadian flag shown in the ceremony near the end of the film wasn't adopted until 1964. At the time depicted in the movie, Canada still used a "modified Union Jack" type of flag called the Red Ensign. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Rockman: [Looking up the side of a cliff in Italy] "Holy cow, it's straight up!"
Pvt. Hugh MacDonald: [Seriously] "What's the beef? It's only a mile high."
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The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced. See more »

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References The Longest Day (1962) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Reasonably factual, entertaining ode to a great unit
22 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Devil's Brigade was indeed made up of Canadian elite and American cast-offs at the formation of the first US Special Forces unit, and this movie gives us the beginning of their amazing story. Most people are probably unaware that the Canadian army had such an influence on the initial training of this unit.

A lot of Americans probably won't like how their countrymen are portrayed at the outset compared to the Canadian "hand-picked, best-trained men in the best-trained army in the world" (in the word's of the unit's American commander, portrayed by Holden). But they should be proud of what they were raised up to become, and how they acquitted themselves in battle. It's particularly nice to see the Canadian army portrayed with the respect it richly deserves.

There's many amusing scenes in the movie, including my favorite, the mess-hall scene with the Canadian hand-to-hand combat instructor from the PPCLI and the oafish American soldier (who had been denigrating the Canadians up to that point).

A great WWII movie, worth watching whenever it's on. The Canadian History channel follows showings with an interview with one of the founding members of this unit, who vouches for the general portrayal of events (though he said he doesn't recall them marching into the Montana training camp on their arrival, as portrayed in the movie). The takeover of the German unit in the town was somewhat fictionalized, too, and is a composite of several events (but that's the movies for you).


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