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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.
Buena película bélica. Para llevar a cabo una misión suicida, un oficial norteamericano tendente a la grosería y a ir renegado recibe la orden de reunir un equipo de soldados en presidio para entrenarlos y liderarlos en la misión, a cambio de ahorrarles su condena. Si, suena al Escuadrón Suicida, ¿verdad?. Pues sinceramente espero que esa peli tome algo de ejemplo de este film. Las relaciones entre los diferentes y conflictivos personajes, diferentes entre sí, pero debiendo encontrar la manera de colaborar para poder efectuar la misión estan bien, sobre todo porque hay mucho buen rollo, a menudo se busca el humor en todo este proceso.
La mayor parte del film es eso, los personajes, sus características, sus rollos, la…
Greatly enjoyed it. The second half especially. But if anyone can explain to me how this movie is in any way "anti-war", feel free. Seems to me very pro-war.
Bit of American propaganda? Maybe. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I had a ton of fun watching this. Not only was the finale thrilling, but just watching the wisecracking soldiers in training was entertaining was well.
I'd also like to draw attention to the fact that while yes, Franco does seem to get a little bit more focus than the rest of the group of prisoners/soldiers, that doesn't mean that everyone else in his troop is just relegated to "those other background guys"; a trope many films featuring a large group fall into. Other characters get some scenes where they get to be the focus of the evening. Also, it feels that a lot of the characters…
A great action concept, but it sure takes its time getting to the action. I guess the focus is on the gelling of the team - Bad News Bears style - but the point is belabored. The influence on Inglorious Basterds is pretty clear.
Maybe not one of the best war films, but a damn good one.
The first half was good, however it was very slow. The second half was better and was very interesting.
The Last 30 minutes were Epic and intense.
Takes its time - Marvin is the glue, Cassavetes the highlight performance. Interesting "Making Of" and the issues surrounding some of the actors.
So great. Had me glued to the screen all the way through as it kept me interested in the mission and the characters. Never knew what to expect and I had a lot of fun with it. The last scene is very suspenseful and I loved all the twist and turns.
Best action war movie ever. Fun as hell and with a wonderful cast. Lee Marvin was also one of the toughest guys in the world. My absolute favourite, Donald Sutherland playing the bit part of Pinkley, the dim-witted soldier pretending to be a general.
Lee Marvin leads an all-star cast in this 1967 WWII actioner. Marvin stars as Army Major John Reisman, whose attitude often puts him at odds with his superior officers...but who also has a habit of getting tough jobs done. This time he's given a doozy of an assignment - to recruit and train 12 military prisoners, some of whom are sentenced to death. Their mission is to parachute behind enemy lines in France, infiltrate a heavily guarded chateau being used by high ranking Nazi officers, kill as many officers as they can find and destroy the nearby communications tower. The first half of the movie deals with Reisman putting the men through a second boot camp, teaching them to work…
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