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The Devil's Brigade

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1968
  • Andrew V McLaglen
  • 130 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War adventure starring William Holden and Cliff Robertson. Late in 1942, Lt Col Frederick is assigned to train the first Special Service Force for a mission in the Norwegian mountains. Half of his command is a crack Canadian troop of hand-picked men, the rest are a collection of thugs and misfits drawn from US army stockades all over the country. He has just four months to turn the unit into a disciplined fighting force.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This may be a blatant rip-off of Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen, but at least it's based on truth. Sadly, that's the best that can be said of this below-par wartime adventure from director Andrew V MacLaglen that contains by-the-numbers action scenes and situations that are entirely predictable. The normally exuberant William Holden seems becalmed by the surrounding cheerlessness, playing the officer who's ordered to train a bunch of thugs to fight the Nazis in the Norwegian mountains, though the picture did reunite him with his real-life friend Cliff Robertson who had his first decent role opposite Holden in Picnic in 1955. Dana Andrews and Vince Edwards are the main supporting actors while Patric Knowles makes a brief appearance as Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Col Robert T FrederickWilliam Holden (2)
Major Alan CrownCliff Robertson
Major Cliff BrickerVince Edwards
Lt Gen Mark ClarkMichael Rennie
Brig Gen Walter NaylorDana Andrews
Theodore RansomAndrew Prine
Rocky RockmanClaude Akins
GrecoRichard Jaeckel
PeacockJack Watson
Maj Gen Maxwell HunterCarroll O'Connor
Hugh MacDonaldRichard Dawson

Crew

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DirectorAndrew V McLaglen

Details

Released on
1968-08-02
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Edited for violence and language
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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