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      The Dirty Dozen

      Released Jun 15, 1967 2 hr. 29 min. War History Drama List
      81% 54 Reviews Tomatometer 90% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score As D-Day approaches, Colonel Breed hands the roguish Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) an important assignment: He must train a team of soldiers to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German personnel at a French chateau. The soldiers, recruited from murderers, rapists and criminals on death row, are promised commuted sentences. In spite of their history, the 12 men prove a spirited and courageous unit. Led by Major Reisman, they will exact revenge. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 14 Buy Now

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      Amoral on the surface and exuding testosterone, The Dirty Dozen utilizes combat and its staggering cast of likable scoundrels to deliver raucous entertainment.

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      Russ Yes, it's All Star cast packed 'em into the theaters during the Johnson Administration, but this overly long and quite preposterous tale doesn't hold up. The plot includes a ridiculous war game that merely pads the two and a half hour running time. The actual mission isn't terribly convincing, either. It's basically a "Great Escape" wannabee, but this is thin gruel. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Franky L One of the best WWII movies, with an all star cast. Lee Marvin, in his greatest role, leads the Dirty Dozen to victory and salvation. With Telly, Bronson, Sutherland, Jimmy Brown, Earnest - absolutely superb. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/24 Full Review Dane W most of this movie is good its just to slow Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/19/23 Full Review Nol P I finally watched the Dirty Dozen again after so many yrs gone by and for only my 2nd time ever. 1st time ever in high def! Pros and cons to report... Some really silly death scenes and some suspect acting by some but Lee Marvin was so strong start to finish. Plus those Nazis in a boat!, so silly! And some really bad driving too by some other Nazi guys was also so darn silly! They really focused mostly on all that training and such for like an hr and 40 mins and then they were finally ready for battle and some of the silliness took place which was a letdown after waiting so long for the storming in on the Nazi castle. I have to go with a 7 out of 10 here, (almost a 7.5), and yes I did factor in the release yr of 1967 and long before any CGI which I am not a fan of. I prefer old fashioned special effects and this movie did deliver in this regard. So long in running time but worth the watch for those who have not yet seen! For me though this is one and done as so many other titles to get through for the rest of my life. Jim Brown was also pretty good and so was Bronson. Does Sutherland always have to play a putz? Like in Kelly's Heroes too?? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Dick C The Dirty Dozen, 1967 is an excellent War motion picture directed by late Robert Aldrich...based on a novel, with the same name, by late Erwin Nathanson...with good castings, says Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson as well as Donald Sutherland... full of fun during the Wargames scripts and a tragic ending... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review red t A Classic War Movie. The acting is good across the board which is impressive considering there is so many characters to pack in. Lee Marvin is the highlight easily and more than anything this is HIS film. That being said the one problem that nagged me was it's very clear over half the film is developing the characters and forming a bond with all of them and the film does this solidly. However some are more developed than others and a handful have no personality really at all and just blend in. Some also have more quirks than real personalities also but they all are likeable by varying degrees. The cinematography is very well done in this with great sets and very well done special effects, some camera shots are weird but most are well framed and capture the dirty dozens emotions well. The music is solid but not phenomenal. This film is very well edited. The Pacing is very well done also with plenty of humorous moments balanced out with building tension and having a very well done spectacle ending. The only real complaint is this film doe everything very well but not phenomenally. It's got a very original idea and embraces the early New Hollywood ideas of Anti Heroes. Anyone who is a war genre fan or any fan of any actors in this should easily give this a try. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Clifford Terry Chicago Tribune Director Aldrich manages to zero in on the griping and grime, the chaos and cohesiveness of Americans at war, and in so doing, makes The Dirty Dozen a clean hit that packs the highest-echelon example of wit and wallop. Jun 2, 2021 Full Review Robert E. Golden Arizona Republic The Dirty Dozen with a fairly sharp script, plenty of excitement and adventure and a good cast still doesn't swim above the flood tide of over done World War II movie themes. Nov 20, 2020 Full Review George Bourke Miami Herald It is another magnificent performance by Marvin. Among his men are Telly Savalas Jim Brown Clint Walker, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland, Trini Lopez and Al Mancini. Every one is a scene-stealer at one moment or another. Nov 20, 2020 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies The Dirty Dozen is every bit that an epic war thriller with an all-star cast should be. Rated: 4/5 Mar 12, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand There’s action aplenty and male bonding under fire, but with a real dark side: [Lee] Marvin’s final solution just seems nasty, not the way we’re used to seeing American heroes behave on the screen Jan 7, 2023 Full Review Lee Steele Toledo Blade An exciting war drama of World War II that will make the viewer cheer "the bad guys." May 4, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis As D-Day approaches, Colonel Breed hands the roguish Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) an important assignment: He must train a team of soldiers to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German personnel at a French chateau. The soldiers, recruited from murderers, rapists and criminals on death row, are promised commuted sentences. In spite of their history, the 12 men prove a spirited and courageous unit. Led by Major Reisman, they will exact revenge.
      Director
      Robert Aldrich
      Screenwriter
      E.M. Nathanson, Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller
      Distributor
      MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Creative Design [us], Warner Home Vídeo
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer, MKH, Seven Arts Pictures
      Genre
      War, History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 15, 1967, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 8, 2015
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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