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The Dirty Dozen

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Robert Aldrich

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About the Movie

Director Robert Aldrich took what he considered a hopelessly old-fashioned script by Lukas Heller and Nunnally Johnson and fashioned The Dirty Dozen into one of MGM's biggest moneymakers of the 1960s—and the sixth highest-grossing film in the studio's history. Lee Marvin plays Major Reisman, assigned to coordinate a suicide mission on a French chateau held by top Nazi officers. Since no "normal" GI can be expected to volunteer for this mission, Reisman is compelled to draw his personnel from a group of military prisoners serving life sentences. This "dirty dozen" includes a sex pervert (Telly Savalas), a psycho (John Cassavetes), a retarded killer (Donald Sutherland), and the equally malevolent Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, Jim Brown, and Clint Walker. On the dim promise of receiving pardons if they survive, the criminals undergo a brutal training program, then are marched behind enemy lines dressed as Nazi soldiers, the better to overtake the chateau and kill everyone in it—including the innocent wives and mistresses of the German officers.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: he lopsided interpretation works largely because of a fine cast and a taut plot that closes the credibility gap. – TIME Magazine, Aug 3, 2015

Fresh: Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance. – Variety Staff, Variety, Aug 3, 2015

Fresh: Right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 3, 2015

Fresh: The Dirty Dozen has always been highly regarded by both war movie fans and action fans alike. The movie's deeper thematic material is left in the subtext, allowing those who prefer to ignore it to do so comfortably. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Aug 3, 2015

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Customer Reviews

My dads favorite war movie

I have never seen this movie but my dad has and he really likes it. And my dad nows movies pretty well I guess its were I get it from.

One of the best war movies ever made!!

This is really a classic! It's got a great story not to mention an all-star cast. This is a strong movie from beginning to end. One of my favorites!!

Great Movie

This Movie is REALLY GOOD. the actors are convincing the story is great and it keeps you interested throughout the story. Definite Buy. !!!!!!

The Dirty Dozen
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1967

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