The Dirty Dozen

(DVD - 2005)
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The Dirty Dozen
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Twelve tough criminals will be offered absolution if they undertake a suicide mission into Nazi Germany. Based on E.M. Nathanson's book.
Title: The dirty dozen
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video : Turner Entertainment, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.
From the novel by E.M. Nathanson.
Special features: documentary Operation Dirty Dozen; theatrical trailer.
Contents: Special features: Bonus movie: "The dirty dozen: next mission", the 1985 sequel with Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel reprising their original roles; commentary by cast members Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, Stuart Cooper and Colin Maitland, producer Kenneth Hyman, original novelist E.M. Nathanson, film historian David J. Schow and veteran military adviser to movies Capt. Dale Dye; introduction by Ernest Borgnine; 2 documentaries: "Armed and deadly: the making of 'The dirty dozen'" and "The filthy thirteen: real stories from behind the lines"; "Marine Corps combat leadership skills"
Vintage recruitment documentary featuring Lee Marvin; vintage featurette "Operation 'Dirty dozen'"; theatrical trailer.
Summary: Twelve tough criminals will be offered absolution if they undertake a suicide mission into Nazi Germany. Based on E.M. Nathanson's book.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Local Note: 6 35 54 57 84 102 112 118 133 143 149 167 177 216 243 274 276 280
ISBN: 1419811053
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Kenneth Hyman Production ; produced by Kenneth Hyman ; screenplay by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller ; directed by Robert Aldrich
Credits: Producer, Kenneth Hyman; screenplay, Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller; cinematography, Edward Scaife ; editing, Michael Luciano; Music by DeVol ; director of photography, Edward Scaife ; film editor, Michael Luciano.
Performers: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Robert Webber.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby surround stereo; dual-layer format.
Other Language: English or French dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Nathanson, E. M., 1928- Film adaptations. World War, 1939-1945 Drama. Americans Europe Drama. Prisons Drama. Criminals Drama.
Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
War films.
Action and adventure films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Publisher No: 67524
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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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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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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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  • eeLmon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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