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Dirty Dozen (1967)

Director: Robert Aldrich     Starring: Lee Marvin
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202379760
UPC: 012569679214
UPC 14: 00012569679214
See more in Action/Adventure
Two-Disc Special Edition.
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.

"Classic WWII adventure...Not a dull moment in its two-and-a-half hours...  Find-A-Video
"Exciting, funny, and well acted...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Violent action, spine-tingling suspense, earthy humor and thrilling excitement.  Los Angeles Herald Examiner
"...a standout in its genre.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/23/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 149 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1967
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 67921
Video UPC UPC: 00012569679214
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.77:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charles Bronson
Video Cast Info Donald Sutherland
Video Cast Info Ernest Borgnine
Video Cast Info John Cassavetes
Video Cast Info Lee Marvin
Video Cast Info Telly Savalas
Video Cast Info E.M. Nathanson - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Edward Scaife - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Frank De Vol - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Kenneth Hyman - Producer
Video Cast Info Lukas Heller - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michael Luciano - Editor
Video Cast Info Nunnally Johnson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Raymond Anzarut - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Aldrich - Director


Oscar (1968)
   Video Award Name John Cassavetes, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe (1968)
   Video Award Name John Cassavetes, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Oscar (1968)
Video Award Name John Poyner, Winner, Best Sound Effects
   Video Award Name Michael Luciano, Nominee, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name The Dirty Dozen, Nominee, Best Sound

Professional Reviews

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

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

"[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

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Robert Aldrich's gleefully nasty, willfully daft action adventure is ageing well." 07/01/2006 p.121

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 9 of 10
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. - Bill Schwartz

ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Marvin,Lee
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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