In 1944, a group of American soldiers known as "The Filthy Thirteen" are becoming an increasing problem for their superiors - disobeying orders, bathing infrequently and often going AWOL from their barracks. But the rebellious men are given an opportunity to atone for their behavior when they are selected to be the first unit to parachute behind German lines during the invasion of Normandy. Their goal is to move through enemy territory on foot and destroy Nazi supply lines and escape routes. Some call it a suicide mission. But they haven't counted on the ferocity and determination of this ragtag group of D-Day Assassins who will stop at nothing to take down the enemy. This is the brutal and thrilling real life story which inspired "The Dirty Dozen".Written by
North Bank Entertainment
The 1944 Hospital sequence was filmed at Quarry Hospital in Llanberis, Caernarfon, North Wales. The high accident rate amongst workers at the slate quarry led to the construction of a hospital near the quarry. Having a hospital close to the quarry allowed workers to get back to work with minimal delay after receiving treatment. The building dates from 1840 and closed in the 1960 when mining ceased at the quarry. It was one of the first hospitals in the country to have an Xray machine. The hospital is now a museum and has a collection of medical equipment dating back to the 1800s. The Xray machine is still there and a ward and an operating theatre have been restored to their original state. See more »
A mixed bag
Despite the synopsis the movie is actually told in flashback form, with a modern (1990s?) story of an old man recounting war stories to a young kid. We then see a few incidents the old man encountered in World War II as a young soldier. The movie could have done with more epic WWII battles and it doesn't really live up to the title but obviously budget was restricted on this one. But in fairness the 1940s scenes do feature quite an inventive use of minimal actors in one set locations. The modern story is far less interesting, consisting mostly of dialogue and characters which aren't as fun as the soldiers we see all too briefly in the flashbacks. Could have benefitted from a bigger budget but not bad for what it is.
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