The Dirty Dozen

  • 15
  • Robert Aldrich (1967)
  • US / UK
  • 143 min
The Dirty Dozen
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 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. Whatever your tastes, there's no denying director Robert Aldrich's consummate skill with such material or the powerhouse impact of the starry all-male cast headed by Lee Marvin, factors that have helped maintain the film's popularity. The violence is in fact mild by today's standards, but it nevertheless leaves a nasty taste in the mouth as a group of sociopaths is released from jail on a suicide mission to murder Nazis, and the movie rightly earned its original X certificate. John Poyner won the best sound effects Oscar for his superb work here.

Plot Summary

Second World War adventure starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Major Reisman's mission to lead a covert operation behind enemy lines and destroy a specified target is a tough one; especially when his team is to be made up of 12 prisoners convicted for murder, robbery and other violent crimes.

Cast and crew


Major Reisman
Lee Marvin
General Worden
Ernest Borgnine
Joseph Wladislaw
Charles Bronson
Robert Jefferson
Jim Brown
Victor Franko
John Cassavetes
Sgt Bowren
Richard Jaeckel
Maj Max Armbruster
George Kennedy
Pedro Jiminez
Trini Lopez
Capt Stuart Kinder
Ralph Meeker
Col Everett Dasher Breed
Robert Ryan
Archer Maggott
Telly Savalas
Vernon Pinkley
Donald Sutherland
Samson Posey
Clint Walker
Colonel Denton
Robert Webber
Milo Vladek
Tom Busby
Glenn Gilpin
Ben Carruthers
Roscoe Lever
Stuart Cooper
Corporal Morgan
Robert Phillips
Seth Sawyer
Colin Maitland
Tassos Bravos
Al Mancini


Robert Aldrich

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
MGM Pictures
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15