The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 American war film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson.
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.
Relation with Inglourious Basterds
- In both films, an OSS sanctioned operation is underway to kill high ranking members of the Third Reich.
- The scene with the Basterds in the British garrison yard is a homage to The Dirty Dozen's opening scene.
- There is at least one crazy soldier who goes on a rampage during an important mission.
- The film was controversial when it was released, as it depicted Allied soldiers as no different than Nazis.
- Michael Madsen was originally announced to star in Inglourious Basterds (2009) as a character named "Babe Buchinsky". This character was named for Charles Buchinsky, better known by his stage name Charles Bronson who starred in "The Dirty Dozen" as Joseph Wladislaw.