Director: Robert Aldrich
Runtime: 165 minutes
TV Rating: TV14
The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war film directed by Robert Aldrich and released by MGM. It was filmed in England and features an ensemble cast, including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas and Robert Webber. The film is based on E. M. Nathanson’s novel of the same name that was potentially inspired by a real life group called the “Filthy Thirteen”. In 2001, the American Film Institute placed the film number 65 on their 100 Years… 100 Thrills list.
In England, in the spring of 1944, Allied forces are preparing for the D-Day invasion. Among them are Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin), an OSS officer; his commander, Regular Army Major General Worden (Ernest Borgnine), and his former commander Colonel Everett Dasher Breed (Robert Ryan). Early in the film the personalities of the three men are shown to clash and the characters of the individualistic Reisman and the domineering Breed are established.