Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

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Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson


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The Dirty Dozen was one of the top-grossing movies ever made by MGM, and in its initial DVD incarnation, it was treated just about accordingly. On the MGM disc, the movie comes complete with an 11-minute featurette delving into the fall 1966 shooting in England, depicting not only rehearsals and behind-the-scenes shots but also the cast relaxing in Swinging


The Dirty Dozen was one of the top-grossing movies ever made by MGM, and in its initial DVD incarnation, it was treated just about accordingly. On the MGM disc, the movie comes complete with an 11-minute featurette delving into the fall 1966 shooting in England, depicting not only rehearsals and behind-the-scenes shots but also the cast relaxing in Swinging London. (Star Lee Marvin was evidently highly accessible in those days, because he also showed up, in full World War II U.S. Army major's uniform from this shoot, as part of Peter Whitehead's 1966 documentary Tonight Let's All Make Love in London). The movie looks better on DVD than it ever did on laserdisc. The laserdisc transfers were done a little too early, and that format had too many problems to fully realize the look of the film. The DVD is one deep, rich image after another, and in contrast to the norm for early digital disc titles, the audio is good and loud, even on the supplementary materials. The MGM edition came in a clamshell-type box that included a booklet with extensive details about the production of the movie.

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Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Redefining the WWII movie for a less trusting age, The Dirty Dozen became one of the biggest hits of the '60s. Robert Aldrich reflected the antiwar sentiments of the times with this tale of a suicide mission that a U.S. general assigns to a group of convicted murderers and rapists. Lee Marvin, wounded during the Battle of Saipan in real life, plays the officer responsible for training these psychopaths to go behind enemy lines and assassinate members of the German High Command. John Cassavetes also stars, and Aldrich allowed him to improvise much of his Academy Award-nominated role. The maverick actor then utilized the clout that he gained from this movie to produce his own highly regarded independent films. Reviled for its brutality upon its release, the movie now falls into the cycle of Vietnam-era revisionist films, such as The Wild Bunch and M.A.S.H., that changed American attitudes towards authority, making The Dirty Dozen one of the most important war movies of its generation.
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen is remembered today as a fine action-adventure film, along the lines and proportions of The Great Escape and Kelly's Heroes. In its time, it was also a groundbreaking piece of popular cinema. Until its release, Hollywood had struggled with how to portray men in war, especially World War II. Movies such as The Naked and the Dead, Attack, and Between Heaven and Hell had tried to present the reality that not every American soldier, or even most, were bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, flag-waving patriots; but those movies never caught on with the public, and one extreme example, Carl Foreman's The Victors, was a box-office disaster. The Dirty Dozen succeeded at presenting the darker sides of humanity, employed in the service of good. It broke lots of lingering screen taboos, showing its heroes cavorting with prostitutes and killing with very little discrimination, and it generally held all authority in contempt -- pretty strong stuff for a mainstream movie coming out in the midst of the Vietnam War. It did for the war movie what Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch and Sergio Leone's Man-With-No-Name trilogy did for the Western, while retaining just enough roughhousing fun to hang on to more traditional audiences, thus yielding a box-office bonanza for its producers and opening more conservative audience members to further films in this vein.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

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 --
0. Scene Selections
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 Contruction [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 Manuevers [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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