The Dirty Dozen

"Very Good"

The Dirty Dozen Review


Can The Dirty Dozen really be 40 years old? Well, almost. This watershed film paved the ways for bad-guys-as-heroes flicks ranging from The Wild Bunch to Reservoir Dogs, and its influence is still felt today. Yet how can The Dirty Dozen feel so tired when viewed in this millennium? Maybe its a cast that, though exquisite, is a bit much. The Dirty Dozen also appears to have paved the way for the Airport movies, studded with megastars and short on plot. Viewed today, too much of Dozen is schlocky and trite, reliant on stereotypes that border on Hogan's Heroes-level characterizations to tell the WWII-era story. (Writ large: 12 career criminals are given a last chance to pull off a major anti-Nazi mission.) The film is pioneering, daring, and very well made. But there's a bit much to go around, and now you can see the actors jockeying for notice among each other. Still a good film, though its impact is now starting to fade.

A new special edition includes two disks, including the 1985 sequel, The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, commentary by a number of cast members, four documentaries about the film, and intro from Ernest Borgnine.



The Dirty Dozen

Facts and Figures

Run time: 150 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 15th June 1967

Box Office Worldwide: $45.3M

Budget: $25M

Distributed by: MGM

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), MKH Productions, Seven Arts Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 21 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Kenneth Hyman

Starring: as Maj. John Reisman, as Joseph Wladislaw, as Robert Jefferson, as Victor Franko, as Vernon Pinkley, Trini López as Pedro Jiminez (as Trini Lopez), as Archer Maggott, Clint Walker as Samson Posey, as Sergeant Bowren, as Major Max Armbruster, as Maj. Gen. Worden, as Col. Everett Dasher Breed, as Captain Stuart Kinder, as General Denton

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