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Play Dirty (1969)

During World War II in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised in 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Capt. Douglas
Nigel Davenport ... Capt. Cyril Leech
Nigel Green ... Col. Masters
Harry Andrews ... Brig. Blore
Patrick Jordan 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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Taglines:

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | German

Release Date:

15 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dai shinryaku 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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Trivia

Final credited official movie of Director André De Toth. See more »

Goofs

Cpt. Leech points out that the new minefield in the road isn't shown on British maps. Yet the second British convoy somehow knows to make the same turn, despite Cpt. Douglas' route being the most tactical. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Blore: [Revising for himself what Col. Masters had said earlier] Rommel's going to be defeated by two men. Adolph Hitler who can't give him enough fuel, and me, because I'm gonna blow up what little he has.
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Connections

Referenced in Simon Simon (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marlene
German Lyrics by Hans Leip
English Lyrics by The Personnel of the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Air Services
Music by Norbert Schultze
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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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