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The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 August 1968 (UK)
A US Army Colonel is tasked with forming an elite commando-style unit from crack Canadian troops and the dregs of the US Army.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

William Roberts (screenplay), Robert H. Adleman (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Cliff Robertson ... Maj. Alan Crown
Vince Edwards ... Maj. Cliff Bricker
Andrew Prine ... Pvt. Theodore Ransom
Jeremy Slate ... Sgt. Pat O'Neill
Claude Akins ... Pvt. Rocky Rockman
Jack Watson ... Cpl. Peacock
Richard Jaeckel ... Pvt. Omar Greco
Bill Fletcher Bill Fletcher ... Pvt. Bronc Guthrie
Richard Dawson ... Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Pvt. Al Manella
Luke Askew ... Pvt. Hubert Hixon
Jean-Paul Vignon ... Pvt. Henri Laurent
Tom Stern ... Capt. Cardwell
Harry Carey Jr. ... Capt. Rose (as Harry Carey)
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Storyline

During World War II, a special fighting unit is formed that combines a crack Canadian Army unit and a conglomeration of U.S. Army misfits who had previously served time in military jails. After an initial period of conflict between the two groups, their enmity turns to respect and friendship, and the unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission that has heretofore been considered impossible to carry out. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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What they did to each other was nothing compared to what they did to the enemy!

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Diabo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On February 5 2015, surviving members of the "Black Devils" upon which this movie was based--all in their 90s--received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award, for their service in WWII. See more »

Goofs

The dollar bills used by the gamblers are clearly green-sealed Federal Reserve Notes from after 1963. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick: [to Major Bricker] You've been in-and-out of nine different camps because you're the biggest chiseler, hustler, and scrounger in the whole Army. Well, in ten days our first recruits arrive, and whatever they need, and whatever this camp needs, you're going to supply. How you do it is your own business. So start hustling.
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Crazy Credits

The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version of the film plays with subtitles for the Germans; the video version dosen't include subtitles. See more »

Connections

References The Longest Day (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Scotland the Brave
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Traditional
Heard several times as a theme, including as the troops approach Santa Elia and during the action there, and at Frederick's birthday
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Good Flick
22 April 2006 | by figaro911See all my reviews

Liked this movie for the most part. Not overly hammy, and some good action sequences. Had an authentic feel to it. One quibble, was the laughable scaling of La Difensa during the final assault. You have 500+ men scaling a near vertical wall of 1000+ feet, barehanded, with nothing but muscle and rope ( having of course not had any mountain training by the CO's admission ), no safety devices, and ostensibly not a single fall. Simply amazing. Other than that, no complaints. OK, I have to work hard to fill the 10 line minimum for IMDb. So let's see, loved the scenery at the boot camp. Couldn't help but notice that most of the guys in the flick are dead now, but they were plenty lively in the film.


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