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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama, Western
Release Date:June 15, 1967
Running time:150 minutes
Cast:Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes
Director:Robert Aldrich
Producer:Kenneth Hyman
Writer:Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller
Distributor:MGM

Description: Director Robert Aldrich took what he considered a hopelessly old-fashioned script by Lukas Heller and Nunnally Johnson and fashioned The Dirty Dozen into one of MGM's biggest moneymakers of the 1960s--and the sixth highest-grossing film in the studio's history. Lee Marvin plays Major Reisman, assigned to coordinate a suicide mission on a French chateau held by top Nazi officers. Since no normal GI can be expected to volunteer for this mission, Reisman is compelled to draw his personnel from a group of military prisoners serving life sentences. This dirty dozen includes a sex pervert (Telly Savalas), a psycho (John Cassavetes), a retarded killer (Donald Sutherland), and the equally malevolent Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, Jim Brown, and Clint Walker. On the dim promise of receiving pardons if they survive, the criminals undergo a brutal training program, then are marched behind enemy lines dressed as Nazi soldiers, the better to overtake the chateau and kill everyone in it--including the innocent wives and mistresses of the German officers.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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