Rent The Dirty Dozen (1967)

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2h 23min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Kenneth Hyman, Harry R. Sherman
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller, E.M. Nathanson, Michael Kane
Others:
Michael Luciano, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, John Poyner
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1968 Oscar Best Sound Editing

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/04/2005
Run Time:
143 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.20:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary Operation Dirty dozen
  • Theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/06/2017
Run Time:
246 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, Latin American Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Bonus Movie: 'The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission' - The 1985 Sequel with Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel Reprising Their Original Roles
  • Commentary by Cast Members Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, Stuart Cooper and Colin Maitland, Producer Kenneth Hyman, Original Novelist E.M. Nathanson, Film Historian David J. Schow and Veteran Military Advisor to Movies Capt. Dale Dye
  • Introduction by Ernest Borgnine
  • 2 Exciting New Documentaries:
  • Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen'
  • The Filthy Thirteen: Beal Stories from Behind the Lines
  • Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills: Vintage Recruitment Documentary Featuring Lee Marvin
  • Vintage Featurette 'Operation Dirty Dozen'
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Dirty Dozen

Great war film- Lee Marvin at his best - The Dirty Dozen review by OL

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Updated 10/06/2020

A bit slow to get into- The action does not start till right at the end, but Lee Marvin is great as always. Early film role for Donald Sutherland.

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Tough, Brutal Big Budget Action War Film - The Dirty Dozen review by GI

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07/06/2022

Whilst this sits within the cycle of big budget, all star action war films of the 1960s it is much different from, say, a film like The Great Escape (1963). The Dirty Dozen is a film about murder, there are no heroics, no redeeming characters and it borders on being somewhat nasty. From the opening scene of judicial execution to the climax of mass murder the film retains its controversiality as an action/adventure WW2 story. It is of course pure hokum and bears no relation to real combat in any sense, indeed its star Lee Marvin, a veteran of the war himself, declared it a load of nonsense. He plays a battle hardened officer, who on the approach to D-Day, is given the job to train twelve condemned men, all murderers and rapists, and lead them behind enemy lines to raid a French Chateau used by German officers and kill them in order to create confusion on the eve of the allied invasion. This ultimately necessitates the killing of unarmed men and their women by locking them in the cellar and setting off grenades after pouring petrol down the air shafts. The whole premise of the film is brutal and yet it gets away with it by the way the criminal soldiers are portrayed as victims of a system. With the exception of Telly Savalas, who plays a psychopath and nearly sabotages the mission, the rest are given excuses as to why they are condemned to death by court martial, even Marvin's role is that of a soldier who has broken the rules and is given the job as a punishment. Ultimately the sheer spectacle and characters makes for an entertaining film that is only marred when you stop to think about what is actually taking place. Director Robert Aldrich gives the whole thing a sense of fun even though it's a violent film and all bar one of the dozen die to give a final sense of justice. The survivor Charles Bronson is earlier given a moral justification for his crime and an aura of unfair conviction so he's allowed to live on. The cast are good and include Clint Walker, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, John Cassavetes (who is excellent) and Donald Sutherland, whose career was launched from here. An interesting film that is worth analysing just to see how heroism was being defined by Hollywood at this time.

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