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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.
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.
Saw this as a teenager and got to revisit it last night. Very cool screenplay seemingly written with Lee Marvin in mind. Great one liners, fun action, dynamic characters and stellar performances especially from Lee Marvin and John Cassavetes. This is a war film that doesn't feel like a war movie till the third act. That isn't a bad thing, in fact it's very cool to see an (original) film that follows a reluctant Major trying to assemble a team of misfits and psychos to pull off a mission. Seems like this is the plot of every third movie released nowadays! (See also: Suicide Squad, Expendables, Hardball)
Extra half a star just for Lee Marvin.
Filmčina. Sad bu pedeset godina od ovog remek djela. Gledao ga u mladosti i sjećam se da mi je rulao. No ovakvo uživanje u tako starom uratku već dugo nisam imao. Kakav cast, prejebena ekipa. Reisman, Wladislaw, Pinkley, Franco, kakva genijalna ekipa, ma svi su genijalni. Kada Pinkley glumi generala, to mi je jedna od najboljih i najsmješniji scena koje sam ikada vidio. Ovo je obavezno filmsko štivo, bez obzira da li volite filmove s ratnom tematikom, ovo se mora pogledat. <3
How cool does Robert Ryan look with those sunglasses?
It's too long, and the second act makes almost no sense, but it's a lot of goofy fun. Most of the Dozen get some good moments. Casavetes and Marvin are especially fun to watch.
The fun times of the war-games segment feels dropped in from another movie. Robert Aldrich works best with a pitch black palate, which is maybe why the real "war is hell" finale has more of a punch then the overlong training sequence leading up to it. The men being treated like shit and coming together is good, but them getting one over on the other American platoons in wargames feels like a slobs verse snobs summer camp comedy, not helped by George Kennedy and Ernest Borgnine's bemused smirking throughout the sequence. Lee Marvin is an underrated silent comedian but maybe that's the result of him supposedly showing up to set blotto all the time. The whole cast really works well together, especially the more prominent half dozen of course. Could be thirty minutes shorter.
Number zero, Pinkley's fake General is a Hero.
Yet another discovery starring Lee Marvin that I wouldn't seek out on my own and wouldn't expect to love.
For a movie about war, the actual fighting and violence are reserved until the end. Carnage and destruction are featured in the third act and the frighteningly tense penultimate scenes. It's a blood bath, a blaze of bullets and explosions that seem to challenge the viewer with how much they're willing to see.
Marvin plays Major Reisman, tasked with the suicidal mission of training a group of convicts to kill top German officials in occupied France. These convicts, the titular dirty dozen (so named for their refusal to wash and shave) are granted reprieves from their lengthy jail sentences and executions.…
Yeah, so I’ve never seen this one before. Big deal. I did see, however, “Where Eagles dare” a couple of weeks ago and the D12 pales in comparison. Not by much, but Aldrich’s film is longer, more repetitive, less exciting and less entertaining. Again, not by much. There’s really no good reason why this film needed to be two and a half hours long. Lee Marvin (always cool) and his team of imprisoned, sometimes even death-sentenced soldiers take their sweet, sweet time setting up a camp, getting used to each other, defy a different “official” team, and eventually approach the Nazi castle to blow it all to pieces. The lengthy training mission comes after almost 90 minutes into the film;…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Listed in the chronological order he watched them.
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