Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Dirty Dozen
Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
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.
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…
(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.
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…
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.
The Dirty Dozen is an action/comedy packed Guys on a Mission film, so there's a very small chance for me not to like it since mashing comedy with violence is one of my favorite things cinema has to offer. But what it did was creating comic scenes and violent scenes, without ever putting them thogether and that is, for me, lazy and cheap filmmaking. Characterization is the best thing it has to offer since it took two hours to develop the Dirty Dozen and a great deal of them ended up being great but the cool climax, that took so long to build, wasn't perfect enough.
Some squibs would have raised the rating with half a star.
any old war film I suppose
The last half hour is just so relentlessly awesome
A classic of wartime adventuredom, with a great cast making everything count. Better than The Great Escape? Just might be, yeah.
A perfect blending of seemingly at-odds late ‘60s values, a movie for counter-culture and silent majority alike, with its mix of misfit radicalism, fuzzy wartime nostalgia and big spectacle, sort of a Stalag 17 with the rough edges sanded down. Mostly plays as a sports picture, the outsiders fighting to do things their own way, and it’s significant that the war games scenario is the second biggest set piece. This part of the film isn’t great, the humor is clunky and seems hopelessly fusty next to MASH, which appeared three years after and seems like a different genre altogether, despite similar black-humor approaches to wartime folly. Yet this all comes together in that dazzling final siege; I was thrilled to…
great and pretty dark. cast is excellent
Robert Aldrich's classic men-on-a-mission film with a great cast. Superb set-up and introduction of characters with a great ending payoff, the film is hampered only by its weak musical score.
So... I like Lee Marvin, and Donald Sutherland, and Charles Bronson... George Kennedy, Telly Savalas. It had quite a cast. Ernest Borgnine. But it's a 149-minute World War II movie. There is a whole lot of build up to the major event, lots of time spent on things that do establish character and show growth and change, but it's just too long for me.
I tend to have a hard time with pre-Vietnam war movies, especially ones that mix the seriousness of war with slapstick goofiness. That was my problem with Stalag 17. And while this one has less of that, there's still a bothersome amount of it. I know some levity is practically necessary to carry an audience through two and a half hours of gravity, but it's the breed of the levity that irks me.
Gripes aside, it was decent. It just wasn't what I was hoping it would be.
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