The Dirty Dozen
DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH
CAST: LEE MARVIN, ERNEST BORGNINE, CHARLES BRONSON, JOHN CASSAVETES
Aldrich’s World War II actioner stars Lee Marvin as an Army major ordered to lead a squad of death row prisoners—Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, and many more—on a suicide mission that’s headed right down the Nazis’ throat. Along with Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, centrally responsible for revolutionizing the standards of screen violence in America (“a raw and preposterous glorification... white hot, sadistic glee” - Vincent Canby), and its terrible kamikaze conviction has lost nothing with time.