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Play Dirty (1969)

During World War II in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised as Italian soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and destroy a vital Nazi oil depot.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

Melvyn Bragg (screenplay), Lotte Colin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Capt. Douglas
Nigel Davenport ... Capt. Cyril Leech
Nigel Green ... Col. Masters
Harry Andrews ... Brig. Blore
Patrick Jordan ... Maj. Alan Watkins
Daniel Pilon ... Capt. Allwood - Blore's Adjutant at Special Forces HQ
Martin Burland Martin Burland ... Dead Officer
George McKeenan George McKeenan ... Corporal at Quayside
Bridget Espeet Bridget Espeet ... Ann
Bernard Archard ... Col. Homerton
Aly Ben Ayed Aly Ben Ayed ... Sadok
Enrique Ávila ... Kalarides (as Enrique Avila)
Mohsen Ben Abdallah Mohsen Ben Abdallah ... Hassan
Mohamed Kouka Mohamed Kouka ... Assine
Takis Emmanuel ... Kostos Manov (as Takis Emmanouel)
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Storyline

The Dirty Dozen meets the Stiff Upper Lip. A British Petroleum executive (Sir Michael Caine) is assigned to work with the British Army in North Africa handling port duties for incoming fuels. This gives him the official rank of Captain in the British Army. The Colonel (Nigel Green), in charge of the Dirty Dozen, is told he must have a British officer accompany his men on a dangerous mission four hundred miles behind German lines and is saddled with the Petroleum executive, who tries to argue his way out by saying that his contract states he is to only work port duties. That argument is lost on the Brigade Commander (Harry Andrews), who simply points out that the executive is wearing a British uniform. The real leader of the Dirty Dozen (Nigel Davenport), a released prisoner, doesn't need or want the British officer, who's supposed to be in charge, but he's promised an extra two thousand British pounds sterling if he gets him back alive. Disguised as Italians, their trek across ... Written by AzRanger {ArizonaRanger @ Hotmail . com}

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Forget the medals, throw away the rule book, if you want to survive.... Play Dirty

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Nigel Davenport was originally cast as Col. Masters, but the sudden dismissal of Richard Harris led to his being promoted to the larger role of Cyril Leech. His original role was taken over by Nigel Green. See more »

Goofs

The fact that there are only 2 ways to get to the oasis is emphasized repeatedly. The British approach from one direction; the 70 Arabs can be seen approaching from the other. How did the German convoy get there ahead of the Arabs? See more »

Quotes

Brig. Blore: Oh, by the way, I'm sending a decoy group ahead of you. You know Masters' bunch?
Maj. Alan Watkins: Not those gangsters, sir?
Brig. Blore: Yes. They start off a day before you. Same route, same orders. If there's any trouble, let them catch it.
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Connections

Referenced in Notes on an American Film Director at Work (2008) See more »

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You Are My Sunshine
Lyrics and Music by Jimmie Davis (as Jimmy Davis) and Charles Mitchell
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A young Michael Caine at his best.
26 November 1998 | by Davros-4See all my reviews

"Play Dirty" is one of those rare films that reassures you that some filmmakers are willing to try something different with a tired genre. The World War Two epic has been done a thousand times, but this one is different. Michael Caine is his brilliant self, supported ably by Nigel Davenport and Nigel Green in this film which has drawn comparisons to the "Dirty Dozen" but, I believe, strikes ground of its own. Andre de Toth directs with a style that was well before its time, giving this film something others lack - longevity. A top flick worth seeing. *Three and a half stars*


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | German

Release Date:

15 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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