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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.
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…
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"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.
It's not often you can say that a 'classic' film deserves to be remade in the modern day, but I'd make that case for The Dirty Dozen. That's not to say Robert Aldrich's adaptation of EM Nathanson's best-selling war adventure isn't a good movie, or in places isn't plenty of fun, but it's certainly lacking something in terms of characterisation and thrills the script and direction can't quite make come to life. The premise is fantastic though, and rarely equalled - twelve prisoners, many in for long stretches & some condemned, dragged into a covert WW2 unit to fight the Nazis; it's got bags of potential and with a cast of rugged, some iconic Hollywood stars of the age it makes…
On the surface, The Dirty Dozen plays out as a typical war film but is in fact much more subtle and involving than the plot description suggests. The film acts as a critique of war mentality the way few American war movies do (outside of the obvious left wing anti-war films) and never "cops out"; the tone is consistent throughout and the film features unflinching depictions of violence performed by the supposed heroes that would be portrayed in a different light in any other conventional war film. The film is unusually rich in characters and is also frequently laugh out loud funny. Lee Marvin is absolutely perfect in the role of the Major assigned to lead convicts into battle and the film is frequently tense, especially in the astounding half hour assault on a Nazi chateau. Director Aldrich's destabilization of the war genre is similar to his destabilization of film noir tropes in the even more offbeat Kiss Me Deadly.
Watched PVR recording of TCM broadcast.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not for me weirdly
The Dirty Dozen (1967) has been continually popular since it first exploded in 1967 as one of that year's biggest hits. Four Oscar® nominations (with one win for Best Sound Effects by John Poyner) certainly didn't hurt and it's so critically respected that the film has even been shown at the Museum of Modern Art. In fact it's captured imaginations across the world: there's even a Hong Kong remake starring Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields, 1984) and Samo Hung! One reason for the success is that despite its superficial appearance as yet another film about soldiers sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines, The Dirty Dozen strikes the perfect balance between taut…
A little rough around the edges, but that mission sequence is so satisfyingly thrilling.
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…
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