The Dirty Dozen
1967
***½
Director: Robert Aldrich
Cast: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy

On the eve of D-Day a group of thugs are selected and trained for a suicide mission in Nazi-occupied France. This entertaining and influential but overlong action drama spawned a whole genre (there certainly wouldn’t be Inglourious Basterds without the Dirty Dozen), and its motley group of heroic dissenters have become stock characters of numerous subsequent films. Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes and Telly Savalas give memorable performances.