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Classic World War II action drama about a group of 12 American military prisoners, who are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the possible commuting of their sentences.
12 soldiers serving time in an army prison during WWII. All, have long sentences, and some are looking at a date with the hangman. What's a dozen dirty convicts doing in an epic war movie? Well, there's an "I do things my own way" low-level officer, played by one of my idols, Lee Marvin, and Uncle Sam has a mission for him. His mission? Train 12 convicts, and lead them on a suicide mission to kill Nazi officers at some wild and crazy Nazi party at a fancy castle / mansion. What could go wrong? The Dirty Dozen is an anti-war movie disguised as a macho shoot em' up. Not only does Lee Marvin do his thing, but it features…
As rough around the edges and as varying in personality as the convicts who make up the titular crew, The Dirty Dozen is an epic, if disjointed, warsploitation film that has no shortage of attitude and so full of testosterone that I could feel hairs sprouting on my chest while watching. Condemned as needlessly violent on its release, the notion seems quaint nowadays, especially considering how tame it is compared to the conceptually similar final act of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Blessed with a premise that sells the film with ease - how these bunch of degenerates can come together as a team and redeem their past transgressions - the logical implausibility of the setup is brushed aside, and a certain…
I only just realised who John Cassavetes looked like. Jools Holland! I'd have liked to have seen the John Cassavetes Annual Hootenanny.
One of the reasons I loved Inglourious Basterds so much was because it reminded me of The Dirty Dozen. Completely illogical plot, mismatched and sometimes psychopathic soldiers, a complete lack of interest in getting historical events spot on - yes, it had all the hallmarks alright.
I do prefer my war films to completely ignore history and just be total exploitation exercises. I do prefer them to be action packed and filled with thrills, a la The Guns Of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare, with preferably as many Nazis slaughtered as is possible. I just noticed I harped…
(In honor of Memorial Day)
"We all come out like it's Halloween."
12 things I dig about The Dirty Dozen:
1. Lee Marvin's voice.
2. The fantastic opening credits sequence.
3. Charles Bronson's quiet badassery.
4. John Cassavetes' Kikuchiyo-like personality.
5. A great premise that reminds me of Seven Samurai.
6. Lee Marvin splitting a rope with supreme machine gun accuracy like a complete fuckin' badass.
7. Lee Marvin shooting a machine gun at a Colonel because he clearly doesn't give a fuck and he loves just being a badass because he's Lee fuckin' Marvin.
8. War games that I would like to try out with my friends sometime.
9. Donald fuckin' Duck.
There are many actors particularly action stars that you wouldn't want to fuck with. Then there's a certain man named Lee Marvin, a genuine WWII war hero who would firstly take you apart with that gravelly voice and then give you an old school "doing".
Lee Marvin is such an institution that Jim Jarmusch set up a secret society devoted to him. "The Sons Of Lee Marvin" has some distinguished members. The sole requirement is a physical resemblance to the great man. Tom Waits,Josh Brolin,Iggy Pop,John Boorman and Neil Young are all rumored members and meet in secret to watch Marvin films. How many other actors can claim that almost 30 years after their death.
The Dirty Dozen is a…
You've got Lee Marvin, 12 dirty badasses, an awesome training camp and a non-stop, bullets-flying-everywhere-attack on a Nazi castle in France. The best thing?
The dirty badasses growing beards.
Many parts are wrong. But in their wrongness, they make a whole that is right.
A lot of fun with great performances. The build-up to the mission is perhaps overlong, but I wouldn't necessarily want to give up time with these characters.
The antiauthoritarianism in Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen amounts to a glorification of the dropout. The fictional premise of the film is well suited to slum fantasizing. Twelve of the most depraved criminals in the American Army are recruited for a top-secret mission, namely to kill as many German officers as possible at a lavish rest and recreation center. First, however, the dirty dozen must convince the American top brass that they are worthy of the assignment. Most of the movie is devoted to their earning the privilege of dying, and the last celebration at a banquet before almost total annihilation finds the dozen apostles of violence and hoodlumism deployed around Lee Marvin's crew-cut Christ-figure in an updated version of…
What must have been shocking in 1967 now seems rather banal, whether it's the titular men behaving badly or the brutal gonzo climax of the film. It's at its best when it's in hijinks mode rather than going for all-out darkness, such as the fantastic war game scene.
This film was made 59 years before Suicide Squad. I would watch this on a continous loop for 59 years before paying to watch Suicide Squad again.
i hav the movie poster 4 this hanging on my wall good WWII movie post WWII
At first, I watched it for the sake of Cassavetes (I really don´t admire Aldrich that much nor have a tendency toward his style) but it turned out to be a marvellous cinematography and directing. Great all star cast and acting too. Unforgetable.
The Dirty Dozen is the original bad-guys-doing-good picture, and it does it so well - your Suicide Squads need not apply. The screenplay by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller is really patient, dedicating most of the movie's running time (probably the first 90 minutes) to developing the various characters. Those played by especially notable actors - such as John Cassavetes's Franko, Charles Bronson's Wladislaw, Jim Brown's Jefferson, and Telly Savalas's Maggot - get the most attention of course, but pretty much each member of the dozen gets at least one or two moments to show off and interact with their leader, Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin). All of the training and the war games help to give depth to these…
Hasty airport catchup: Could only name five of the dozen with a gun to my head (one's played by the director of Overlord, turns out!); feel like Aldrich abdicated his responsibility to some degree by depicting what's arguably an atrocity without complicating it in any concrete way (one person objecting or expressing reservations would be neat 'n' easy, but better than nothing imo, because nothing --> a discomfiting sense that the film doesn't share one's moral qualms); not thrilled that Maggott's psychosis sets him well apart from all the others, who are sold to us as a fundamentally decent assortment of simpletons, victims, gentle giants, and rebellious wiseacres who made one life-ruining mistake. Those major issues aside, a badass good time.
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