The Dirty Dozen
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Director Robert Aldrich took what he considered a hopelessly old-fashioned script by Lukas Heller and Nunnally Johnson and fashioned The Dirty Dozen into one of MGM's biggest moneymakers of the 1960s--and the sixth highest-grossing film in the studio's history. Lee Marvin plays Major Reisman, assigned to coordinate a suicide mission on a French chateau held by top Nazi officers. Since no "normal" GI can be expected to volunteer for this mission, Reisman is compelled to draw his personnel from a group of military prisoners serving life sentences. This "dirty dozen"… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Aldrich manages to use his time well, focusing on character traits and never letting the pace become bogged down."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"One of those movies in which you ask yourself, "So, who isn't in this movie?" The answer? Not many."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"A macho male fantasy that still plays to the inner rebel in all viewers who harbor such a streak."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Classic all-star action. Just a whole lot of good, gritty fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"However trite the scenario looks now, it's still better than all but the best of its copycats."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's a cholesterol-free action-packed war drama and not a tale about an unsanitary egg carton."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Classic and extremely popular WWII actioner directed by Robert Aldrich."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Boasting an all-male star cast, headed by Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, this funny, nasty and brutal WWII actioner is Robert Aldrich's most popular film, a cult classic that changed the conventions of the war genre."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...we expect action-adventure flicks to embroider reality. This one does so without stretching credibility to the breaking point and provides a good time in the process."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Upped the level of violence in cinema by leaps and bounds, and was a great movie, to boot!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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