A misfit Army Major, John, is saddled with the task of taking twelve soldiers convicted of murder, training them and turning them into 'real' soldiers. Against all odds he succeeds as the twelve men band together to become one unit. They stop shaving and showering and are dubbed 'the dirty dozen'.
The dirty dozen are charged with the mission of parachuting behind enemy lines and carrying out an assault on a chateau and killing all of the high ranking German officers housed there. John and one of his men, Joe, infiltrate the chateau and allow access to a couple of the other men. One of which, Archer, snaps killing a woman and opening fire on his own men.
When the shooting starts the German intel officers is able to call for help before Joe kills him and another man takes out the radio tower.
The German officers and their wives retreat to the cellar where John and Joe lock them in the ammunition storage room.
Once back outside, John and his men kill the guards and pour grenades and gas down the air vents into the cellar. One last grenade is dropped in each vent to ignite the whole works and kill the Germans.
A platoon of German troops arrives to help, but the Americans are able to fight their way through.
When it's all said and done John, Joe and one other man are all that's left of the dirty dozen.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson
This movie is an absolute classic World War Two film starring some big name, powerhouse actors. From start to finish this film will enrapture your psyche with brilliant characters, a progressive climax-driven plot, and a screenplay that is to be absolutely treasured as a work of art. This is one of those rare moments when everything clicks with atomic precision.
Lee Marvin as Major Reisman has the "duty" to shape up a skeleton crew of military misfit criminals in to a congealed suicide strike force. Upon first examination the group displays utter contempt and absolute dissent towards Reisman. They start to think as comrades, and after some trying lessons, form up as a formidable unit indeed. They are shown as a proven force doing mock-battle with Reisman's nemesis Colenel Breed in a unit exercise. The going away party subsequently resumes with light hearts, except for Maggot, and pox ridden whores. The next day the "troops" are transported to the killing grounds where reality is finally set in by numerous deaths of characters. The chateau is the scene for the final clash where we see plots-within-plots develop between members of the "dozen." The ending is a segue in to a sequel, but don't let that detur the reader from an open-minded viewing of my favorite war movie. Enjoy!
The review of this Movie prepared by christian peters
Lee Marvin plays a major recruited to lead a top secret WWII mission with twelve hard-edge criminals assigned to kill as many Nazi officers as possible. With some of the biggest name stars of the day, this war film is carried by a talented cast, riveting story, and fight for freedom-- not only for the world, but for their own, if they survive.
The review of this Movie prepared by Angela Allan
World War 2 movie about a group of condemned criminals are given one last chance at a pardon, provided they agree to go on a suicide mission.
The review of this Movie prepared by A. Pearson
What World War II movie conversation would be complete without the inclusion of “The
Dirty Dozen,” certainly a landmark in this genre! Lee Marvin has scored other movie leads
but his role as Army Major John Reisman, whose sole responsibility is to take 12 truly
incorrigibles (they are all condemned criminals in a military prison) on a mission to
destroy Nazi fortifications. It takes a while, but Marvin turns this unsavory crew into a
functioning, fighting machine. It is action and suspense on a large scale. Directed by
Robert Aldrich, this is a classic!
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs