Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Directed by Robert Aldrich

Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes


Probably the best OLD war movie. Good story, a lot happens, rather in-depth for an older movie. While most older war movies would have ended after they complete the training exercise, this one kept on going to show the best part, the war. Reminded me a lot of Full Metal Jacket. They trained, then they fought. Of course, it wasn’t as good as Full Metal Jacket. They really didn’t make it as violent, dramatic, and action-packed as Full Metal Jacket. This one was noticeably toned down a bit. The only problem with the story was that it should have built up to the training exercise and war more during training.

Nice blend of comedy and action. Almost a comedy rather than an action. It kind of felt like Top Secret. I mean, they were invading a German castle, and the light comedy was similar.

Good characters. Donald Sutherland played the perfect dork. That one guy was enormous, and it was really funny that he was a pussy. Cassavetes like a cross between Al Pacino, James Woods, and the guy from HBO’s “Dream On.”

Sloppy editing typical of a 60’s film, or even a student film. Kinda late for a title graphic.

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