The Dirty Dozen

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dirty Dozen
Twelve tough criminals will be offered absolution if they undertake a suicide mission into Nazi Germany. Based on E.M. Nathanson's book.


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Mar 01, 2015
  • 7duffy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Still enjoyable. Although it does not have the realism of today's War movies, the DD is well done with an ensemble cast. I don't know if Telly Savalas has done anything better than his performance in this movie.

Dec 06, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lee Marvin heads a cast of Hollywood heavies in this unexceptional combat tale which nevertheless manages to entertain. Towards the end of WWII American army officer Major Reisman reluctantly agrees to head a suicide mission against an opulent French château crawling with Nazi bigwigs. His goal: kill as many Germans as possible, blow everything up, and then try to get back to Allied territory in one piece. Since chances of actually surviving the exercise are practically nil no soldier in his right mind is willing to volunteer therefore Reisman is assigned a makeshift platoon of men not in their right minds…namely a dozen hardcore military prisoners willing to sign up in exchange for having their sentences commuted. With only a few months to turn this ragtag unit of murderers, rapists, and head cases into a squad of elite paratroopers Reisman has his work cut out. But will they be able to destroy one of the most heavily fortified German outposts in Normandy on the eve of D-Day? And who (if any) will survive to tell about it? Even if its standard wartime script lacks any real chemistry or tension and the action occasionally comes across as darker Disney fare (although a fiery “final solution” ploy is pretty grotesque) Dozen’s 2½ hour running time is nicely paced and some elaborate pyrotechnics provide an adequate payoff. Besides, it’s fun to watch some of yesterday’s stars doing what they do best; though in this case their best is not quite good enough.

Feb 03, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I miss Lee Marvin. What a wonderful character actor!

Jan 16, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Jan 05, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

*The* original antihero war/action film, that spawned countless copycat knockoffs, and some atrocious sequels (the '85 included here, which I couldn't stomach). Director Robert Aldrich was widely criticized for the barbarity of the grenade/gasoline sequence in the finale, which I give him credit for standing by. This wasn't "Bambi", it was a war film, for crying out loud. War is ugly. And sure, the movie's definitely dated, corny, and a little cheezy, with the over the top heroic military score, but I'm fond of it primarily for the incomparable lineup of talent. Lee Marvin was a rock solid actor; I usually enjoy anything that he's part of, and he was excellent here. The part that stands out for me is the pre-Kojak Savalas role as the 'saved' (!) racist, misogynistic, deviant nutjob, 'Maggot' (poetic). Nasty, evil character; unforgettable. Bronson was Bronson, and that's meant as a compliment. Cassavetes was exceptional as the "couldn't care less" and defiant 'Franko', and I'd bet anything that Donald Sutherland was a tad inebriated (it was the '60s). The gigantic Clint Walker, and Jim Brown; and legends Borgnine, Kennedy, and Ryan... This is a lineup of heavyweight personalities, the likes of which, sadly, Hollywood doesn't come close to anymore. And to Jake McNiece, Jack Agnew, and the Filthy Thirteen, (and all American veterans, for that matter), God bless you, and thank you for your service. You are the real heroes.

Oct 11, 2011
  • Ebert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great film for guys, showing interaction between different types of men.

Apr 09, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Warsploitation, 1960s style. There are a couple good performances -- Cassavetes and Jaeckel can do no wrong, in my eyes. The best thing thing is Capt. Dale Dye's earnest, manly commentary on the film's authenticity, which is apparently near zero. Note the 1960s hairdos and costumes, on the 1940s babes.

Mar 13, 2011
  • PatEe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes the acting is a bit stiff, but it is still a fun movie to watch, even after all these years. A good war drama, a little thin on plot but worth seeing. I think so much more could have been done with the story, but this was 1967 after all.

Oct 14, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very good World War II action film with a bit of humour.

Apr 03, 2009
  • eeLmon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 16, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”― Ronald Reagan

Jan 16, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

Jan 04, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Maggot: "It's judgment day, sinners! Come out, come out wherever you are!" (cackles)


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Apr 03, 2009
  • eeLmon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is 1944 and the Allied Armies stand ready for a major invasion of Germany from bases in England. As a prelude to D-Day, US Army Intelligence orders a top secret mission where convicted criminals will be offered a pardon in return for parachuting into the Reich on a suicide mission.


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