The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

Robert Aldrich (1967)

143min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An uncompromising major is placed in charge of a seemingly suicidal mission to destroy a French chateau being used as a base by Nazi officers. Needing tough but expendable soldiers for the task, he recruits 12 hardened criminals from a military prison. Second World War action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Maj Reisman Lee Marvin
Archer Maggott Telly Savalas
Gen Worden Ernest Borgnine
Maj Max Armbruster George Kennedy
Vernon Pinkley Donald Sutherland
Joseph Wladislaw Charles Bronson
Victor Franko John Cassavetes
Robert T Jefferson Jim Brown
Sgt Clyde Bowren Richard Jaeckel
Capt Stuart Kinder Ralph Meeker
Col Everett Dasher Breed Robert Ryan
Samson Posey Clint Walker
Brig Gen Denton Robert Webber
Pedro Jiminez Trini Lopez
Director Robert Aldrich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MGM PicturesGuidance: Edited for language, violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama