The Dirty Dozen (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass. Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti-authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards. The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.]]>
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We were doing just that the other night when, right in the middle of the film, our DVR failed abruptly, casting us adrift. We were really disappointed; even though this was the umpteenth time we’d seen the movie.
I resolved not to let that happen again, so I bought this DVD. Now we can watch it any time we want to. And, best of all: since we’re getting older every day, there may come a time when we won’t even remember having seen the film before. (I hope we can remember where the DVD is.)
Bottom line: If you like interesting films with great characterizations, you’ll have a hard time finding one better than this one.
Marines during WWII and played very memorable characters in all of his movies. The Dirty Dozen was just a fun movie with not a lot of
substance but enjoyable none the less. Having seen many interviews of Lee Marvin on YouTube I've come to have an even greater
appreciation for the man as an actor and a man's man. The Lee Marvins and Charles Bronsons are long gone from the acting world except in all their great and perhaps not so great movies. I for one however, really miss those guys. Robert DiNiro's the closest comparison to them
but that era is long gone.Today's generation will have a new list of hero types in the movies but I sure miss my group.
The performances are all very good, & is a much bleaker movie than when I first remembered seeing it at the cinema.
It was rated as an X cert here in the UK, & I remembered thinking why? Its the final act of ruthlessness against the trapped German Officers, & Wives, that had the censor's reaching for their vapours.
A much copied movie, which probably was inspired by 'Seven Samurai', although the Author of the original novel EM Nathanson claimed he'd heard of a real life situation that inspired his story, but the series of events could not be confirmed to be true.(See the Filthy Fifteen, a real life event about scruffy demolition engineers whilst in training for the Normandy invasion). Sven Hassel's novels, also feature such scenario's.
A cornerstone, & seminal 60's war movie. Very enjoyable.
as M*A*S*H is overtly.
To take a bunch of murderers, rapists, thieves, then make us root for them as war heroes, and
laugh at their antics, then get caught up in their mission but (if we catch it) feel an unease at how
that mission quietly echoes the gassing of Jews in concentration camps leads to high number of
levels at which to take the film leads to a very complicated movie experience masquerading as
And it IS fun, that's where Aldrich pulls you in.
Yet to admit even subtly (as he also did in `Attack') that even a war as `good' and just as WWII was
still an act of insanity on all sides may be even more brave than Altman's more overt
counter-culture skewering of the Korean War, in M*A*S*H --a war more `acceptable' to ask
moral questions about.
That said, as often happens with me and Aldrich, it lost something on second viewing. The humor
felt more juvenile, the ironies a bit easy. Still a cool, subversive film, but I'd hoped it would grow,
on revisiting, not fade.
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