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October 16, 2009

Review: The Dirty Dozen

Filed under: Action,Reviews,War — filmologic @ 1:48 pm
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Director: Robert Aldrich
Writers: Nunnally Johnson(screenplay) / Lukas Heller(screenplay) / E.M. Nathanson (novel)
Genre: Action, War
Release Date: 15 June 1967

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

US Army Major Reisman is assigned a task of mass assassination of a large number of German officers in WWII. He is provided with a dozen convicted murderers and he has no choice but to carry out the task.
Reisman has to train them and then carry out this deadly mission.

Lee Marvin does a good job as Major Reisman. All the dozen convicts are wonderful to watch, each of them having a story of their own. There are some stand out performances and the one which most impressed me was of the Franko played by John Cassavetes.

But the stand out of the movie is the script and the direction by Robert Aldrich.
The way Aldrich directs the training of the Dirty Dozen, the way he shows the unity in the movie is great to watch. One of the best moments of the movie is when the Dirty Dozen is asked to prove their worth in a war game mission. One feels so excited and happy as they perfect the mission with their amazing tactics. The Major is very much impressed by the tactics used by the Dirty Dozen to avoiding getting captured. The filming of the whole scene is a great watch.

They are sent to the deadly mission with Major Reisman memorizing all the steps of the mission until they parachute out of the plane. The plot of the assassination is perfectly directed by Aldrich.
But somewhere I personally felt that the movie lacked the touch which we could see in “Guns of Navarano” or “The Great Escape”. The whole group of Dirty Dozen was not given equal importance. There was much focus on a few individuals in the movie.
But whatever said, the movie is a must watch!

It does what it is meant to – “Train them! Excite them! Arm them!…Then turn them loose on the Nazis!


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