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The Dirty Dozen

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic WWII action movie still packs a violent punch.

Movie NR 1967 150 minutes
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The Dirty Dozen is a classic, and it's great entertainment, though it's not generally considered a great movie. Director Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) was one of Hollywood's most brutal, unruly directors, and his instincts sometimes led to huge flops, as well as to popular successes like this one. Certainly a 150-minute action movie could come across a bit sloppy and overstuffed. Today, however, the movie actually looks tighter and more focused -- and less violent -- than it might have when it first opened.

Aldrich manages to use his time well, focusing on character traits and never letting the pace become bogged down. It comes more from the gut, or by the seat of its pants, than it does from a place of thoughtfulness or artistry. Moreover, it seems to have a very low opinion of women, although that's not surprising given the genre and time period. Regardless of its place in cinematic heirarchy, watching The Dirty Dozen is a rite of passage for some teen boys and many successful movies have followed its format (see The Expendables.)

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