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50 Years of War at Its Dirtiest

50 Years of War at Its Dirtiest

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 19th 2019

Its working title was Written on the Sand, referring to its North African Sahara Desert setting, but as it was going to evolve into a brawny, brazenly cynical adventure about a World War II cadre of s

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The Dirty Truth

The Dirty Truth

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 22nd 2017

When he was persuaded by producer Harry Saltzman to take over direction of the nihilistic World War II North Africa campaign action saga Play Dirty (1969) from original assignee René Clemént, the

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A Bum's Fantasy Ride

A Bum's Fantasy Ride

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 24th 2017

Around the time of the movie’s release, the hell-for-leather Lee Marvin reportedly bemused, “I get a special kick playing rebels over establishment types. I’ve always been a bum, so I’m being paid

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Through Ernie's Eyes

Through Ernie's Eyes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 24th 2017

Raymond Massey and Jack Elam forged distinctly different acting careers, but it could be said that both converged in one unique way: each contributed to the interpretation of two distinctly differe

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The Dirty Disappearance

The Dirty Disappearance

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 11th 2016

In its fourth week of release on this day 49 years ago, The Dirty Dozen was the #1 film, the third of five times it would grasp the top spot. Among the title crew of murderous soldier misfits, John

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