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1,078 Ratings

The Dirty Dozen

Directed by Robert Aldrich
United States, United Kingdom, 1967
Action, Adventure, War


A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II.

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The Dirty Dozen Directed by Robert Aldrich

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | Winner: Best Effects, Sound Effects

1968 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Directors Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Golden Globes (USA)

1968 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

The low-level tension that persists throughout the tale is still gripping, albeit in an anxiety-producing, often sour way, because the major characters are all so hard or mean, and because the entire contraption builds to a nihilistic sting. The movie’s bleak view of institutional and political servitude still carries a charge after all these decades.
October 02, 2016
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Perhaps twelve characters are simply too many to chisel out of the hard rock of an action scenario. Even so, Aldrich managed a modicum of physical differentiation even without a corresponding psychological distinction. The final flurry of action suggests that even in World War II, and indeed in all wars, you can’t really tell the hoodlums from the soldiers without a scorecard. Through all the absurd carnage, Lee Marvin’s solidity and tenacity hold the picture together.
January 01, 1967
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