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The Devil's Brigade

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Great Movie to Escape With

    Based on true events, but not entirely factual The Devils Brigade is one of those war films you can totally escape the realities of the day. The performances were first rate and the combat scenes were staged well. William Holden gave one of his better performances as the hard commander of a company of American misfits who was later to command a mixture of the best of the Canadian Army as well. Put them together and there are problems. Cliff Robertson was excellent as the Canadian commander with great support from Andrew Prine and Claude Akins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Devil's Brigade....worth watching

    For WWII buffs this is very entertaining...has a great cast and the story is actually based on fact! Sometimes it's good to see the old movies! Kind of like "getting back to the basics" ..where the story is actually more important than the special effects! That is not to say that the "special effects" aren't up to par..they are great for the time period that the movie was made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rousing War Film

    Far better than most reviewers claim, The Devil's Brigade is an exciting and engrossing true(albeit, Hollywood's version of the truth) story of the First Special Service Force, an American-Canadian unit in WWII. Much maligned as a Dirty Dozen clone, Devil's Brigade is really a topnotch war flick. Its rousing score, fine performances and grand scale make it worth repeat viewings, and the fact that it's a true story gives it a special appeal. Though not as gritty or subversive as Dozen, it still manages to strike a fine balance between the old Hollywood war epic and the Vietnam-era anti-war film. I personally feel that it was America's growing distaste for war rather than Brigade's similarity to the Dirty Dozen that caused this film to be panned or ignored by critics of its time. Too much flag-waving, ''glory of war'' enthusiasm for the war-weary audiences of the late 60s. A shame, because the Devil's Brigade is a rousing, memorable action epic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The original Dirty Dozen

    This 1968 film would have done better at the box office if it had been released before ''the Dirty Dozen''. But what most people don't know is, The Dirty Dozen was a made up story, ''Devil's Brigade'' was based on a true story from WW II. Critics said the Devil's Brigade was an immitation of the Dirty Dozen. But after all, isn't immitation the true form of flattery? The film does a great job of telling the true story in a clever way of how the 1st special forces unit during WW II was formed. It shows how people from different backrounds and cultures can learn from eachother and come together in one cohesive, well-oiled unit. The acting is fine all the way through including the comedic moments as well as the cameos by boxer Gene Fulmer, broadcaster Harry Carey, Jr, and football player Paul Hornung. The action is fast-paced and the photography is well done. You get drawn in to the commeradarie of the American and Canadaian unit and when someone gets killed, you shed a tear as if the character was a member of you family. Most of the stars in this film are gone now. William Holden does a great job as Col Fredrick who knew the combat soldier better than the Generals. Cliff Robertson uses all his acting skill as the Canadian senior officer in the unit. And Vince Edwards works well as the American major who learns that fighting together in combat makes breeds unit spirit. It is well written and any movie fan of the war movie jaunre will enjoy this 1968 oldie, but a goodie.

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