The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen
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DVD Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Operation Dirty Dozen
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles in English, French & Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.77
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "Operation Dirty Dozen"
    • Introduction: by Ernest Borgnine - Star
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Trivia Game
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1967 - Best Sound Effects Editing

Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 07/01/2000
"...Brimming with excitement and humour, yet also staying resolutely honourable to its storytelling..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today - 06/05/1998
"Any movie with Telly Savalas as a psychotic named A.J. Maggott is already halfway home....[A] red-meat classic..."
Uncut - 08/01/2004
"[I]t's a relentless work -- violent, funny and deeply cynical."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2004
Total Film - 07/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Robert Aldrich's gleefully nasty, willfully daft action adventure is ageing well."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "A new twist -- in its time -- on the war movie....It's a good cast..."

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They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers - and champs at the box office and in movie lore. Decades after in burst onto the scene, The Dirty Dozen remains a milestone among ensemble action flicks.

Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass. Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti-authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.

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An all-star cast energizes Robert Aldrich's classic World War II action drama about a group of 12 American military prisoners assembled by tacticians and ordered to perform a suicide mission: infiltrate a well-guarded ch√Ęteau and kill the Nazi officials vacationing there. The incarcerated soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, jump at the chance to redeem themselves. Major Reisman (Lee Marvin), the noncriminal in charge of the group, whips the men into a crack unit, uses them to best the troops of his by-the-book superior officer, Colonel Breed (Robert Ryan), in war games, then leads the steely antiheroes on their perilous assault.

The film is studded with standout performances, including Telly Savalas as a religious psychopath with a febrile animosity toward Germans and John Cassavetes in an Oscar-nominated portrayal as an insubordinate, poison-tongued hothead. Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, and football legend Jim Brown further round out the impressive collection of talent. Aldrich, who by the time of THE DIRTY DOZEN had been fathoming the darker side of life onscreen for more than a decade (KISS ME DEADLY, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE'), scored a huge hit with this rousing thriller laced with a stinging cynicism perfectly in tune with the increasingly skeptical tenor of the times.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor; shot in Metroscope and blown up to 70mm.
  • Filmed in Aldbury, Herfordshire and Borehamwood Studios, UK. Began shooting April 25, 1966. Released in the USA June 15, 1967. Shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City November 19, 1974, and then again June 29-30, 1980, as part of the series "John Cassavetes: Filmmaker and Actor."
  • The song "Einsam" also by Sibylle Siegfried.
  • Additional cast: Tom Busby (Milo Vladek), Al Mancini (Tassos Vladek), George Roubicek (Private Arthur James Gardner), Dora Reisser (German Officer's Girl), Stuart Cooper (Roscoe Lever), Colin Maitland (Seth Sawyer), Thick Wilson (General Worden's Aide), and Robert Phillips.
  • Additional credits: Julian Mackintosh (production manager), Alan McCabe (camera operator), Angela Allen (continuity)
  • Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
  • DVD Special Features: Behind the Scenes Featurette, Trivia and Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer.

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Rating 5.0 The Improbable but Entertaining Dirty Dozen Movie Lover: from Sunny Isles Beach, FL US -- November, 28, 2005

Our hapless Army Colonel (Marvin) is saddled with a near-mission-impossible assignment... a surefire behind Nazi lines suicide mission to decapitate much of Hitler's armies by assassinating the cream of the Wehrmacht High Command while they all are on holiday at an exclusive retreat. Who in their right minds would actually volunteer for this certain death...? Why, a motley crew of condemned criminal soldiers. They have a choice: death by U.S. Army firing squad, or volunteer for the suicide mission. Our jailbirds: Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland, Jim Brown, Fess Parker, and others; all in top-notch acting form. And who's in charge of the whole insane plan...? General Ernest Borgnine! This movie is not only a good cliff-hanger... it is also a whole lot of fun!

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