Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.
20 February 2005 | Richard Brunton
7 | A well structured and interesting story, although poorly edited in the final act
It's difficult when you approach an old movie to see it for the first time and you have to try and drop all the baggage...
Although Robert Aldrich had tried to purchase the rights to E.M. Nathanson's novel "The Dirty Dozen" while it was still in outline form, it was MGM that successfully acquired the property in May 1963. The book became a best-seller upon its publication in 1965.
I take it you don't deny your responsibility for the fact that on the night of April 14/15, a military establishment of the United States Army was the scene of a drunken party! At which no less than seven female civilians took an active part!
Major John Reisman: Oh yes...
Early in the training, while speaking with the psychiatrist, the major puts two glasses on the table and pulls out a bottle of whiskey. The glasses on the table change positions a number of times before the major pours the drinks.
The opening credits don't occur until 10 minutes into the film. While it is common nowadays for films to have a pre-credits sequence, it was considered innovative in 1967.
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