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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, War | TV Movie 14 February 1988
A team of renegade soldiers in World War II tries to stop the creation of the Fourth Reich in the Middle East.

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Lee H. Katzin

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (characters in screenplay), Lukas Heller (characters in screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Maj. Wright
Ernest Borgnine ... Gen. Sam Worden
Hunt Block ... Joe Stern
Matthew Burton ... Gen. Kurt Richter
Jeff Conaway ... Sgt. Holt
Alex Cord ... Dravko Demchuk
Erik Estrada ... Carmine D'Agostino
Ernie Hudson ... Joe Hamilton
James Carroll Jordan James Carroll Jordan ... Lonnie Wilson
Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini ... Tom Ricketts (as Ray Mancini)
John Matuszak ... Fred Collins
Natalija Nogulich ... Yelena Petrovic (as Natalia Nogulich)
Heather Thomas ... Lt. Carol Campbell
Anthony Valentine ... British Colonel
Richard Yniguez ... Roberto Echevarria (as Richard Yñiguez)
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A team of renegade soldiers in World War II tries to stop the creation of the Fourth Reich in the Middle East.

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Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Yugoslavia | Italy

Language:

German | Serbo-Croatian | English

Release Date:

14 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das dreckige Dutzend - The Fatal Mission See more »

Filming Locations:

Zagreb, Croatia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only "Dirty Dozen" movie (i.e. of the original The Dirty Dozen (1967) movie and its three television tele-movie sequels) that has a woman as a member of the Dirty Dozen. She is Lt. Carol Campbell and is played by Heather Thomas. See more »

Goofs

Major Wright is wearing silver oak leafs which is the rank of Lt. Col. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Wright: They might come in handy on the next mission.
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Features Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987) See more »

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Heather Thomas Can Act
20 August 2005 | by Thom RaffertySee all my reviews

I just watched Heather Thomas in "The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission" a 1988 made for TV movie. If you want to watch a movie where Heather shows plenty of skin, this isn't it. She's never out of uniform. But if you like action films with lots of things blowing up, you may like it. This is Heather's best acting performance, at least that I've seen.

The basic plot is that the Nazis are sending twelve men under thirty who are bright, talented and loyal to the Reich to the via the Orient Express ti the Middle East with a long term (decades maybe) mission of starting a Fourth Reich in case they lose the war. The mission of the Dirty Dozen will be to kill them.

Heather plays Lieutenant Carol Campbell, a military intelligence officer and daughter of a career foreign service officer who traveled extensively in eastern Europe. She starts out in the movie working for Ernest Borgnine, who is a General with oversight on Telly Sevales, leader of The Dirty Dozen. She drives Bornine into the military prison right after Sevales fails to recruit Joe Stern, played by Hunt Block, long-time soap opera star (he's still on "Guiding Light"). As Sevales takes a walk with Borgnine, Block sits up from the potatoes he's peeling and takes a good look at Heather. Heather goes over to talk to him. He joins the team. They fall in love.

There is a plot hole and a nitpick in the film involving Heather. She is with Sevales during a raid in the opening scene. But when she volunteers to join The Dirty Dozen, he acts like she's never worked for him before and tries to talk her out of it. Also, Heather does double duty as Borgnine's driver. An officer wouldn't have that job. The producers probably were just trying to get her into more scenes.

So, good job on the acting, Heather. But couldn't the writers have put in a shower scene somewhere?


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