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The Dirty Dozen

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United Kingdom, United States · 1967
2h 30m
Director Robert Aldrich
Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown
Genre Action, Adventure, War

Confronted with a death sentence either in prison or on the battlefield, 12 Americans choose the latter in this World War II classic. Lured in by the prospect of their sentences being vacated, the men are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

It is overlong, uneven and frequently obscure, but will succeed by virtue of its sustained action, even though what it attempts to say, if anything, remains elusive.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Robert Aldrich dissects the underlying ideas with just enough craft and thoughtfulness to make the implications of this gritty 1966 war drama unsettling in not entirely constructive ways.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

There are some nice, amusing scenes, especially when one of the dozen (Donald Sutherland) pretends to be a general and inspects some troops. In fact, right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent.

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