The Dirty Dozen (1967)


You know what to do, feed the French and shoot the Germans!

— Major John Reisman

The Dirty Dozen is a subversive take on WWII soldiers and combat. Quentin Tarantino possibly borrowed some elements of this movie for his latest effort, Inglourious Basterds, which is set to be released in August. Killing a whole bunch of Nazis is fine. If the story drags along at a snail’s pace, you don’t care about a bunch of Nazi annihilation.

Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin), a hotshot officer is assigned to head a secret operation to wipe out the upper echelon of Third Reich in one fail swoop. He has to train a dozen of criminals for a limited amount of time to be able to carry out the mission.

The premise of the story was great. It’s the execution that falls short. Some of the characters were so wacky and off-kilter that you cannot root for them in the final battle.

This movie was two and half hours long. There were instances of deja vu that the same scene played repeatedly. It felt like a chore to watch this movie. It needed some serious edits. After a while, you don’t care about the story.

Judgment: Don’t bother watching this unless you want to see criminals killing Nazis. Fast forward to the end.

Rating: **1/2

About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on June 15, 2009, in 1967, Academy Award Winner, Action, Classic Movies, Comedy, Drama, Nazi, Running Feature, Subversive, War and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is definitely one of my favorite WWII movies because of the ensemble cast. It has a great cast a straightforward story and some cool action sequences. I would definitely give this film a 4 star review.

    • Well, I guess we have to differ. I wished that it would trim all of the fat. Get down to business already. The movie was WAY too long. It seemed bland in my eyes.

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