“I reckon the folks'd be a sight happier if I died like a soldier. Can't say I would.”
Lee Marvin, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Terry Savalas, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, Richard Jaeckel, Donald Sutherland. Quite possibly the greatest ensemble cast in any movie ever. All giving performances that’ll knock your socks off. It’s a rare sight to behold.
2 hours of watching these men interact, build trust, forge uneasy friendships, either endearing us to their character (Bronson) or revolting us (Savalas). Then 30 minutes of the tensest execution of a suicide mission ever put on film, as characters we’ve come to at least understand are unflinchingly massacred.
It’s heartbreaking, it’s unforgiving, it’s cruel, it’s unforgettable, it’s as dirty as they come.