The Dirty Dozen

1967 NR 2h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

The Dirty Dozen

1967 NR 2h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this Academy Award-winning World War II action flick from director Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard), a U.S. Army major (Lee Marvin) is handed a near-impossible assignment: Turn a group of conscripted convicts into a crack fighting unit and then send them on a mission to destroy a villa filled with Nazi brass. The "volunteers" include Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas), Victor Franko (John Cassavetes) and Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland).
Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Robert Webber
Robert Aldrich
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.77:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic WWII action movie from 1967 was considered extremely violent when released, though it's tamer than many PG-13-rated movies of today. It includes a hanging, fighting, kicking, shooting, and explosions (though there's very little blood), plus a man stabbing a woman to death. In one scene, the men spend an evening with some "hired girls," though nothing more than dancing is shown. Language is light, but includes some gateway words like "damn," "hell," "bitch," and "bastard. There is also some drinking and smoking.

Sexual Content

The men enjoy an evening with some "hired girls," though we don't see anything more than dancing and flirting. There are "girly" pictures on the walls.


This WWII movie was considered excessively violent in its day and even though some of the more brutal violence is offscreen, the effect is still intense today. It opens with a hanging. Over the course of the story, there's fighting, kicking, and stomping. A knife is pulled. During the climactic sequence, there's shooting, dead bodies, and explosions, but very little blood. There's a mention of rape and castration. One character attacks and repeatedly stabs a woman, though the focus is on the man's face and not the attack itself.


Language was strong for its day, but mild compared to now. Words include "hell," "damnation," "bitch," "slut," "bastard," "Oh my God," "horny," "mothers" and "son of a ...."

Social Behavior

This movie celebrates the actions of misfits and outsiders, especially their bad behavior. The more responsible authority figures are seen as buffoons and bad guys. However, the main theme of the movie is that 12 outcasts learn to work together. The major shows them respect and tolerance for perhaps the first time in their lives, and they respond with loyalty and teamwork.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink Scotch during the party scene. Some characters smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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