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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: As D-Day approaches, Colonel Breed hands the roguish Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) an important assignment: He must train a team of soldiers to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German personnel at a French chateau. The soldiers, recruited from murderers, rapists and criminals on death row, are promised commuted sentences. In spite of their history, the 12 men prove a spirited and courageous unit. Led by Major Reisman, they will exact revenge.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (John Cassavetes), Film Editing, Sound; Won for Best Sound Effects; 3 Different AFI Lists


What this movie is about?: Redemption of the Irredeemable Anti-Establishment through a "Suicide Mission"


Best Performance: Charles Bronson/Lee Marvin

Best Minor Performance: John Cassavetes/Richard Jaeckel

Most Charismatic Award: Charles Bronson/Telly Savales

Best Scene: Raiding Colonel Breed's Division

Favorite Scene: Raiding Colonel Breed's Division

Most Indelible Moment: Only three survivors in the end/Jefferson is gunned down


Best Line:

- “Killing generals could get to be a habit with me.” Wladsislav


“- Maj. Reisman: [briefing the dozen] And kill any officer in sight.

- Victor Franko: Ours or theirs?”


“You've seen a general inspecting troops before, haven't you? Just walk slow, act dumb, and look stupid!”


Honorable Mention:

“- Col. Everett Dasher Breed: What's your name, soldier?

- Vernon Pinkley: Number two, Sir!”


Funniest Line:

“You've seen a general inspecting troops before, haven't you? Just walk slow, act dumb, and look stupid!”


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 7.5

Impact/Significance: 6.5

Novelty: 7.75

Classic-ness: 7.5

Rewatchability: 6.25

Audience Score: 9

Total: 44.5


Remaining Questions:

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