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The Dirty Dozen (15-Jun-1967)

Director: Robert Aldrich

Writers: Nunnally Johnson; Lukas Heller

From novel: The Dirty Dozen by E. M. Nathanson

Music by: Frank De Vol

Producer: Kenneth Hyman

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII, Nazis

An insubordinate US Army Major is offered a reprieve if he accepts the assignment of taking 12 maximum-security prisoners, getting them in shape for a near-suicide mission behind enemy lines, and then performing an assault on a French château where key Nazi officers will be gathered. Success will bring pardons to the prisoners. Quintessential "mission" movie with an all-star cast and excellent character development, though some weaknesses in the final act. Received an Oscar for Best Sound Effects, and nominated for 3 others including John Cassavetes for Best Supporting Actor.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ernest Borgnine
24-Jan-1917 8-Jul-2012 Marty
Charles Bronson
3-Nov-1921 30-Aug-2003 Death Wish
Jim Brown
17-Feb-1936   Cleveland Browns RB
John Cassavetes
9-Dec-1929 3-Feb-1989 Rosemary's Baby
Richard Jaeckel
10-Oct-1926 14-Jun-1997 Sometimes a Great Notion
George Kennedy
18-Feb-1925 28-Feb-2016 Airport, Naked Gun
Trini Lopez
15-May-1937   If I Had A Hammer
Lee Marvin
19-Feb-1924 29-Aug-1987 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ralph Meeker
21-Nov-1920 5-Aug-1988 Kiss Me Deadly
Robert Ryan
11-Nov-1909 11-Jul-1973 Billy Budd
Telly Savalas
22-Jan-1922 22-Jan-1994 Kojak
Donald Sutherland
17-Jul-1935   The Dirty Dozen
Clint Walker
30-May-1927 21-May-2018 Movie cowboy
Robert Webber
14-Oct-1924 19-May-1989 12 Angry Men


Lee Marvin   ...   Maj. Reisman
And Starring
Ernest Borgnine   ...   Gen. Worden
Charles Bronson   ...   Joseph Wladislaw
Jim Brown   ...   Robert Jefferson
John Cassavetes   ...   Victor Franko
Richard Jaeckel   ...   Sgt. Bowren
George Kennedy   ...   Maj. Max Armbruster
Trini Lopez   ...   Pedro Jiminez
Ralph Meeker   ...   Capt. Stuart Kinder
Robert Ryan   ...   Col. Everett Dasher Breed
Telly Savalas   ...   Archer Maggott
Donald Sutherland   ...   Vernon Pinkley
Clint Walker   ...   Samson Posey
Robert Webber   ...   Gen. Denton
Tom Busby   ...   Milo Vladek
Ben Carruthers   ...   Glenn Gilpin
Stuart Cooper   ...   Roscoe Lever
Robert Phillips   ...   Cpl. Morgan
Colin Maitland   ...   Seth Sawyer
Al Mancini   ...   Tassos Bravos
George Roubicek   ...   Pvt. Arthur James Gardner
Thick Wilson   ...   Gen. Worden's Aide
Dora Reisser   ...   German Officer's Girl


Review by Trish (posted on 27-Mar-2005)

How many times have I seen this movie should be the question! One of the best movies made. It has all the elements of entertainment -- e.g., musical (with Trini Lopez); comedy (John Cassavetes & Donald Sutherland); drama (Telly Savalas); action (Lee Marvin); hunks (Charles Bronson, Clint Walker, Jim Brown), and so much more. And if you listen hard enough, you could learn a little foreign language. The movie kept me glued to my seat; and each time I watch it, I see something I missed before. I'm still trying to learn the poem for the "Steps" they had to take during the raid, so I guess I'll keep watching 'til I do :-).

Love the movie -- thanks for the opportunity.

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