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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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