The Dirty Dozen

Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
The Dirty Dozen
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: January 16, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Stereo 2S English

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1967 - Best Sound Effects Editing

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User Ratings: 41,318
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the smash hits of its year, this action-packed war movie is violent and amoral, and fans would say all the better for it. Full Review
Radio Times
Aug 3, 2015
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009
A raw and preposterous glorification of a group of criminal soldiers who are trained to kill and who then go about this brutal business with hot, sadistic zeal is advanced in The Dirty Dozen, an astonishingly wanton war film. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Big, brutal and expertly executed, The Dirty Dozen is a quintessential, made-for-men war flick. Full Review
Film4
Aug 3, 2015
It must just be taken as another violence-fantasy no better and no worse than a dozen others. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Feb 10, 2019
[I]t's a relentless work -- violent, funny and deeply cynical.
Uncut
Aug 1, 2004
he lopsided interpretation works largely because of a fine cast and a taut plot that closes the credibility gap. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Aug 3, 2015

Product Description:

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 château 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.

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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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  • Sales Rank: 2,186
  • UPC: 012569675247
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