The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

Director: Robert Aldrich Cast: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
UPC: 0012569675247
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:30:00
Sales rank: 1,215

Special Features

Closed Caption; Documentary operation Dirty Dozen; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Maj. Reisman
Ernest Borgnine Gen. Worden
Charles Bronson Joseph Wladislaw
Jim Brown Robert Jefferson
John Cassavetes Victor Franko
George Kennedy Maj. Max Armbruster
Richard Jaeckel Sgt. Bowren
Robert Ryan Col. Everett Dasher-Breed
Trini Lopez Pedro Jiminez
Ralph Meeker Capt. Stuart Kinder
Telly Savalas Archer Maggott
Clint Walker Samson Posey
Donald Sutherland Vernon Pinkley
Robert Webber Gen. Denton
Tom Busby Milo Vladek
Ben Carruthers Glenn Gilpin
Stuart Cooper Roscoe Lever
Robert Phillips Corporal Carl Morgan
Colin Maitland Seth Sawyer
Al Mancini Tassos Bravos
Thick Wilson Worden's Aide
Dora Reisser German Officer's Girl
Dick Miller Actor
George Roubicek Pvt. Arthur James Gardner

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Bert Batt Asst. Director
Mack David Songwriter
Frank deVol Score Composer
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
W.E. Hutchinson Art Director
William Hutchinson Art Director
Kenneth Hyman Producer
Nunnally Johnson Screenwriter
Michael Luciano Editor
Alan McCabe Camera Operator
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Edward Scaife Cinematographer
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Sibylle Siegfreid Songwriter
Tony Spratling Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Logos [:19]
2. Hanging With Reisman [2:13]
3. Project Amnesty [9:04]
4. Main Titles [3:24]
5. Deadhead Drill [4:00]
6. Happy, Smiling Faces [9:00]
7. Three Ways To Go [4:24]
8. Home Construction [4:24]
9. Einsam [2:01]
10. Going To The Can [1:59]
11. Rope Trick [1:47]
12. Picking On Posey [8:25]
13. No Soap [3:46]
14. Top Secret Operation [1:37]
15. General Inspection [7:12]
16. Latrine Beating [3:02]
17. The Bramble Bush [2:09]
18. Graduation Ball [4:46]
19. Breed Contempt [7:04]
20. Six-Week Review [3:40]
21. Divisional Maneuvers [16:49]
22. The Last Supper [2:51]
23. The Mission Begins [5:16]
24. At The Chateau [6:11]
25. Scaling The Roof [9:19]
26. Wolfgang? [3:26]
27. Judgement Day [3:08]
28. Locked In The Bunker [6:04]
29. Gasoline & Grenades [6:24]
30. "Blow It!" [1:19]
31. Taking Their Leave [3:36]
32. End Credits [:43]

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The Dirty Dozen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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You can't be a guy without being a fan of The Dirty Dozen. Lee Marivin, John Cassavetes, et al may be one of the finest drama ensembles ever. If you dicker with the ideas of type and underdeveloped characters, you're missing the point. This film is America - pure and simple. We are the Reismans, Francos and Poseys working for the likes of the Colonel Breens. The story is easy - not so good guys (underdogs) vs. very bad guys with WWII as the backdrop. Just sit back and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites. I acknowledge the genius of working and directing a cast of talented individuals. It is to our benefit to have had the opportunity of watching such a wide range of acting. Well done.
KristineFL More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. What a classic. Even my oldest daughter sat down and enjoyed it. They just don't make great movies like this anymore.
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