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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Maj. Reisman
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 López ... Pedro Jiminez (as Trini Lopez)
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
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Storyline

A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

D-Day Began When The Dirty Dozen Were Done! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German | French | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

14 December 1967 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Das dreckige Dutzend See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$45,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During World War II, the American forces did "borrow" a prison in the UK for housing U.S. servicemen convicted of criminal acts. This was Shepton Mallett prison in Somerset, which operated as a prison from 1625 to 2013. During the war, nine U.S. military personnel were executed there, three by firing squad, and six by hanging. The hangman used was British Albert Pierrepoint, who in his career hanged approximately four hundred fifty people, including around two hundred Nazis convicted by the Nuremberg war crimes trials. See more »

Goofs

When Major Reisman and his driver are coming up to the gate where the men will have parachute training, we see a brief glimpse of the guard at the shack on the phone. Then a closeup of the guard shows him with his weapon still on his shoulder. He unshoulders the weapon and calls to announce their arrival. See more »

Quotes

Major John Reisman: You know what to do, free the French and shoot the Germans!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits don't occur until 10 minutes into the film. While it is common nowadays for films to have a pre-credits sequence, it was considered innovative in 1967. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Germany, in the German-language dubbed version, audiences saw only Jim Brown throwing hand grenades into the airshafts at the chateau. The scenes showing grenades being dumped into, and gasoline being poured into, the airshafts were cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

You're in the Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Arranged by Frank De Vol
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Now That Is What I Would Call 12 Angry Men.
30 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Heart-pounding and adrenaline-rushing action giant that still packs a punch that will knock you out. A dozen criminals (Oscar-nominee John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland being the major standouts) are trained for a suicide mission into Nazi territory in 1944 and act as assassins. If you want to catch a thief, you hire a thief and that is the same principle used throughout this impressive motion picture. Lee Marvin does some of his best work as the leader of the rag-tag bunch of miscreants. Serves its purpose to near perfection. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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