Dirty Dozen

Directed By: Robert Aldrich Starring: Lee Marvin

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A us army major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of german officers in world war II.


Studio Warner
SKU 202379760
UPC 012569679214
UPC 14 00012569679214
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note An all-star cast energizes Robert Aldrich's classic World War II action drama about a group of 12 American military prisoners assembled by tacticians and ordered to perform a suicide mission: infiltrate a well-guarded château and kill the Nazi officials vacationing there. The incarcerated soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, jump at the chance to redeem themselves. Major Reisman (Lee Marvin), the noncriminal in charge of the group, whips the men into a crack unit, uses them to best the troops of his by-the-book superior officer, Colonel Breed (Robert Ryan), in war games, then leads the steely antiheroes on their perilous assault.^The film is studded with standout performances, including Telly Savalas as a religious psychopath with a febrile animosity toward Germans and John Cassavetes in an Oscar-nominated portrayal as an insubordinate, poison-tongued hothead. Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, and football legend Jim Brown further round out the impressive collection of talent. Aldrich, who by the time of THE DIRTY DOZEN had been fathoming the darker side of life onscreen for more than a decade (KISS ME DEADLY, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?), scored a huge hit with this rousing thriller laced with a stinging cynicism perfectly in tune with the increasingly skeptical tenor of the times.
Total Film "...Brimming with excitement and humour, yet also staying resolutely honourable to its storytelling..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 07/01/2000 p.112,4 stars out of 5 -- "Robert Aldrich's gleefully nasty, willfully daft action adventure is ageing well." 07/01/2006 p.121
USA Today "Any movie with Telly Savalas as a psychotic named A.J. Maggott is already halfway home....[A] red-meat classic..." 06/05/1998 p.6E
Uncut "[I]t's a relentless work -- violent, funny and deeply cynical." 08/01/2004 p.136
Sight and Sound "[P]owerful..." 09/01/2004 p.95
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "A new twist -- in its time -- on the war movie....It's a good cast..." 07/01/2006 p.117
Robert Aldrich
Lee Marvin
Cast & Crew
Charles Bronson - Actor
Donald Sutherland - Actor
E.M. Nathanson - Based On Novel By
Edward Scaife - Cinematographer
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Frank De Vol - Original Music By
John Cassavetes - Actor
Kenneth Hyman - Producer
Lee Marvin - Actor
Lukas Heller - Screenplay
Michael Luciano - Editor
Nunnally Johnson - Screenplay
Raymond Anzarut - Producer
Robert Aldrich - Director
Telly Savalas - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1967
Catalog ID 67921
UPC 00012569679214
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 149 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.77:1
Oscar (1968) John Cassavetes, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,John Poyner, Winner, Best Sound Effects,Michael Luciano, Nominee, Best Film Editing,The Dirty Dozen, Nominee, Best Sound
Golden Globe (1968) John Cassavetes, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Hard-case actor Lee Marvin leads a rag-tag group of terminal criminals on a suicide mission behind German lines in Robert Aldrich's caustic World War II caper film The Dirty Dozen, recently re-released on DVD. Aldrich directed what must be the coldest of films noir, Kiss Me Deadly, and he applies that touch here. Having Ralph Meeker (Deadly's pitiless Mike Hammer) acting as the voice of discretion in his role as Captain Kinder only underscores how far the level of brutality sinks. Of course, it's 1967, so the violence isn't necessarily graphic, just proliferate.
Reviewer Bill Schwartz
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Those who are sticklers for detail will find plenty to nit-pick about The Dirty Dozen. Its view of the military and of military procedures is slipshod, its handling of the wargames sequence is at times absurd, and its setup of the climax (where are all the guards?) is contrived. Nevertheless, it's a testimonial to Aldrich's skill as a director that these problems don't interfere with the viewer's overall enjoyment of the film. The Dirty Dozen flows nicely, keeping things moving and drawing the audience along in its rapid current. The movie may not be a masterpiece but recent history has shown it to be an important motion picture, and the passage of 33 years has not dated it, nor has it diminished The Dirty Dozen's enjoyability.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Marvin,Lee
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Find-A-Video Classic WWII adventure...Not a dull moment in its two-and-a-half hours...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Exciting, funny, and well acted...
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Violent action, spine-tingling suspense, earthy humor and thrilling excitement.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...a standout in its genre.

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