This week Dirty Dozen December continues and the stakes ramp as we discus 1987’s ‘The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission‘ where we join Telly Savalas and his new Dozen as they attack a German chemical weapons plant! Filmed in Yugoslavia and directed by Lee H. Katzin the film stars Savalas as Major Wright, the new commander of the Dozen and Ernest Borgnine, Vince Edwards, Bo Svenson, Randall “Tex” Cobb, Gary Graham, Paul Picerni, Emmanuelle Meyssignac and Wolf Kahler returns again, as an entirely different character Colonel Krieger.
We continue Dirty Dozen December with the 1985 TV-movie sequel ‘The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission‘, Lee Marvin, Richard Jaeckel & Ernest Borgnine return with a brand new dozen of hardened criminals (including Wolf Kahler, Larry Wilcox, Ricco Ross & Gavan O’Herlihy) with a mission to save… Hitler. Directed by veteran director Andrew V. McLaglen the film has its ups and downs but Lee Marvin puts in an enjoyable performance.
This week we embark on Dirty Dozen December with a special guest, Lee Marvin’s biographer Dwayne Epstein. Naturally we start this month long exploration of the four Dirty Dozen films with the first and best of them – 1967’s The Dirty Dozen, directed by Robert Aldrich. With Dwayne’s help we look at the making of what has become an iconic war film of the era with defining performances from a strong cast including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Robert Webber and Donald Sutherland. Grab your Grease Guns we’re headed for the chateau!
Join us for the fourth edition of our Show & Tell series were we discus ‘Geronimo’ (1993) which tells the story of Geronimo’s last battles and the 1962 Steve McQueen-led classic ‘Hell Is For Heroes’ following a group of US soldiers as they battle to break through the Siegfried Line.