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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.
During World War II, the American forces did "borrow" a prison in the UK for housing U.S. servicemen convicted of criminal acts. This was Shepton Mallett prison in Somerset, which operated as a prison from 1625 to 2013. During the war, nine U.S. military personnel were executed there, three by firing squad, and six by hanging. The hangman used was British Albert Pierrepoint, who in his career hanged approximately four hundred fifty people, including around two hundred Nazis convicted by the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
Capt. Stuart Kinder:
I wonder if any of them even know it's Mother's Day.
Major John Reisman: is it?
When Sgt. Bowren is introducing Maj. Reisman to the twelve prisoners, he refers to Glenn Gilpen as "Gilpen, S." and Joseph Wladislaw as "Wladislaw T."
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.
In Spain, the dubbed version changed John Cassavetes's character's name Franko into "Franchi" for obvious reasons (Spain was then under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco)
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