A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful... misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
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Robert Aldrich directs this classic American war film starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson. In 1944, 12 death row convicts are selected by Major John Reisman (Marvin) and his commander Major General Sam Worden (Borgnine) for a suicide mission code-named Operation Amnesty. With the aid of his assistant, Sergeant Bowren (Richard Jaeckel), Reisman gradually moulds his gang of murderers, rapists, thieves and psychotics into a tough fighting unit. He leads them into occupied France in an attempt to infiltrate a chateau where the Nazi top brass are holding a summit. The cast also includes John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Ralph Meeker and Robert Ryan.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Atten-hut! Twelve jailbirds will earn their freedom... if they survive a suicide mission against the Nazi brass. Tough-as-nails Lee Marvin leads a nothing-to-lose convict squad in this all-time action trendsetter. 'Making Of' featurette Original theatrical trailer Interactive menu Scene access Actors Charles Bronson, Clint Walker, Donald Sutherland, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Trini Lopez, Richard Jaeckel, Ernest Borgnine, Ralph Meeker, Robert Webber & Robert Ryan Director Robert Aldrich Certificate 15 years and over Year 1967 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital Surround Subtitles English ; French ; Italian ; German ; Spanish ; Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Romanian ; Dutch ; English for the hearing impaired ; Italian for the hearing impaired Duration 2 hours 18 minutes (approx)