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The anti-Memorial-Day film.
This movie is a vile insult to the real heroes who lost their lives in the war to defeat Hitler. No amount of good acting or skillful film-making can disguise the disgusting nature of this film's message.
one gets from it what is expected.
the movie set the tone for an entire genre still invoked in story making today. everyone acting and behind the scenes was ideal in the work they did. this story was not perfect..it was exactly what it should be..and that is what makes it special. lee marvin never did one bad acting job in his entire life. he might have been in a bad story or two in his time..but he never did less than his best. that man proved it.. he could hold his own with the best of them. when people talk about great acting talent ..his name deserves to be mentioned. it always takes a little time and effort for people to remember that.his cinema and television work reflected a genuine professional.
THE DIRTY DOZEN
Its all been said here by other viewers. Great film, great cast, great directing. Only one mystery. I saw this movie when it came out on the big screen, and its puzzled me to this day. What happened to Clint Walkers death scene ? I just finished watching again, saw the other guy with him, get all shot up, but no Clint Walker.
One other casting coincidence
In the articles it mentions how members of the cast had previously worked together in various combinations before "Dirty Dozen" but left out the fact that George Kennedy and Ernest Borgnine also worked together in 1, maybe 2 episodes of Borgnine's TV series "McHale's Navy"
The Dirty Dozen
- Michael Whitty
Take 12 Army prisoners, some of them scheduled to be executed, over to France before D-day and have them kill as many Germans as possible at a chateau is the order given to Major Reisman(Lee Marvin). "The Dirty Dozen" is a marvelous war film as Lee Marvin leads the way for 12 losers to have one more chance. If they come out alive they'll be reinstated. John Cassavettes gives the best performance of the dozen as he was oscar-nominated for his wise-cracking and loud mouth ways. This was perhaps Lee Marvin's best role of the 60s as the leader of these last-chance guys. The screenplay and editing were more winners.
- kevin sellers
Good ol fashioned American action/adventure meets good ol 60s American anti authoritarianism meets good ol 60s American violence. Throw in fine performances from Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland and Charles Bronson and you have the perfect Saturday afternoon movie (which, if you were a teen when it came out, like me, you had to sneak in, 'cause your parents, like mine, wouldn't allow you to see it.) Solid B. P.S. Robert Aldrich is such a good director that he even manages to coax some decent acting from Clint Walker. Alas, he fell short with Jim Brown and Trini Lopez (Hey, the guy's not a miracle worker!)
Unless you go back to the 30's/40's , it doesn't get much better. The cast includes the tops from this era- Marvin, Borgnine,, Savalad, Casaveetes etc! Non stop with some classic moments in cinema including borgnine's dead pan looks with rediculous comments meanwhile knowing he s laughing inside! And Savalas crazed moments show his fine acting! Just superb!
The Dirty Dozen
Overall-3/5Lead Performers-3/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-3/5Score-4/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
The Dirty Dozen
- Dashiell Barnes
A rousing & enthralling WWII film. An unconventional Major trains a group of military criminals for a suicide mission. Excellent performances from the male-oriented ensemble, Cassavettes was the only performer nominated for an Oscar. Great story, begins with intense training scenes before the main mission, the greatest asset to the story is that the criminals do acts worse than for which they were convicted. An amazing, thrilling film overall. I give it a 5/5.
When the Going gets Tough,....
- Mike P.
Great war movie with a great cast of actors. Watched this movie every time I see it scheduled. Sigh, if only the Army really ran a war like that.