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The Dirty Dozen 1967

In this star-studded WW2 action drama, 12 military prisoners, facing death sentences, jump at the chance to redeem themselves. It's a suicide mission - infiltrate a well-guarded castle and kill the Nazi officials - but the anti-heroes are soon whipped into a crack unit. Great action, great performances.

Starring:
Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine
Runtime:
2 hours, 15 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Robert Aldrich
Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine
Supporting actors Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini López, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Robert Webber, Tom Busby, Ben Carruthers, Stuart Cooper, Robert Phillips, Colin Maitland, Al Mancini
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format: DVD
I don't know where to start praising what has to be the most exciting action adventure based on WWII. The story of 12 convicts chosen for what is best describes as a suicide mission is played out by one of the strongest cast every to be united on one film. The names Marvin, Bronson and Sutherland to name but three shows instant quality. To show this film doesn't age i am only in my early twenties so this shows quality isnt controlled by the special effects but by storyline and sheer excitement something sadly lacking in most modern films. I have been waiting patiently for this DVD release as in my opinion it is one of the most own titles for any self respecting action fan.
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Format: Blu-ray
A Collection of 'Hollywood's' Stars drawn together to make one of the most colourful and
entertaining World War 2 movies of yesteryear.(1967)
Twelve no-hopers, psycho's and killers each condemned to either 'Hang' or serve numerous
years behind bars are offered a slim chance of redemption.
'Major Reisman' (Lee Marvin) has been given what amounts to a suicide mission and has
been given the twelve prisoners to prepare for the task, if the mission succeeds and they
survive the prisoners will be pardoned.
The Major is assisted by 'Sgt Bowren' (Richard Jaeckal) who will be a part of the mission, they
have to submit the Twelve to a six week intense and rigorous training program behind a
fenced compound.
Among the Twelve - 'Joseph Wladislaw' (Charles Bronson) 'Maggot' (Telly Savalas) 'Robert
Jefferson'(Jim Brown) 'Franco' (John Cassavetes) 'Vernon' (Donald Sutherland) 'Pedro' (Trini Lo'pez)
'Posey' (Clint Walker) '
When the training is completed and a few complications are resolved the 'Dirty Dozen' led by the
Major and Sergeant are to attack a Chateau behind enemy lines, the Chateau is heavily guarded
and used as a pleasure centre for 'German' Top-Brass as restbite from the war.
The mission is to kill as many high-ranking German Officers as they can to disrupt the chain of
command ahead of the D-Day landings.
Among the other well know actors on-board 'Ernest Borgnine' (General Warden) 'Robert Ryan'
(Col.Everett Dasher Breed) and 'George Kennedy' (Maj. Max Arnbruster)
This is a brilliantly entertaining action-movie which harbours many moments of humour along the
way leading up to the explosive Operation itself.
There are many brilliant performances along the way from the star-studded line-up.
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Top Director Robert Aldrich's most commercially successful movie. Wartime action heroics from a motley bunch of hardcore death row convicts, led by a brilliantly cynical LEE MARVIN, a reluctant commanding officer for the gang. They're given a suicidal mission to destroy a key German command post in return for a chance of freedom after the war if they succeed. No brainer film fans!??
In a generally excellent ensemble cast of seasoned character actors (ERNEST BORGNINE, TELLY SAVALAS (KOJAK!!), JOHN CASSAVETES, CHARLES BRONSON et al), DONALD SUTHERLAND is a standout, quite superb in a smaller but crucial role.
Great action set-pieces and inspired, brutally appropriate direction from ALDRICH at his very best make this movie a fondly remembered 60s classic. Unmissable and unbeatable entertainment!
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Lee Marvin is in the very best of company here & where this film went, so many followed, presented in widescreen & a very good quality transfer. A true classic in so many ways, the so called 'top brass' have never been so convincingly played. Ernest Borgnine is exceptional & Robert Ryan is wonderfully straight laced, a terrific foil for Lee Marvin's character.
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This film is a true classic - and the clarity of sound and picture on this DVD is AMAZING. So cool to see Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson et al on a 42" HD TV, with some truly awesome surrond sound being thrown out!

An absolute steal at this price - it would be criminal not too! (Do you get it?)
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Delivery arrived in very quick time. Film you all know the story. BOnus on disc of Dirty Dozen next mission. Thin Good to have it though.k Lee Marvin phoned his part in he looks so bored with the whole thing. Trouble is with the transfer to blu ray of dirty dozen my dvd is far clearer than this very very poor blu ray upgrade. So folks if you have a good copy on dvd give this blu ray a miss.
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
The main problem with The Dirty Dozen is that is shown virtually every night on a TV channel somewhere, so its difficult to justify owning the DVD at all. However this is a good film (and the package would make it 4 and half stars for me) and one I have watched over and over again.

It's an 'A' list cast:

Lee Marvin

Ernest Borgnine

Telly Savalas

Donald Sutherland

Charles Bronson

John Cassavetes (who was nominated for Best supporting actor in 1967)

Robert Ryan

The first 2/3 of the film works best where The Major (Marvin) has to train his bunch of no-hopers. Of course they are under-cover so he upsets some of the top brass and this leads to some run-ins with Col Breed (Ryan). These scenes are wonderfully done and the acting and the script all work brilliantly. For me the last part of the film is less successful. This is where they go into battle. I'm not sure why I find this less interesting, but perhaps its because really the Army is fighting itself in the first part of the film and as soon as they are fighting the Germans I don't care as much.

The extras are worthwhile in this release. There are some interesting commentaries from members of the original cast and a few 'experts'. On the 2nd disc you also get the 1985 sequel movie "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission" (which still has members of the original cast in it), plus three documentaries.

So superb entertainment from director Robert Aldrich, which does hold up to repeated viewings - even if you have already seen it 25 times!
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