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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Devil's Brigade actually existed; its formal military designation was the First Special Service Force (FSSF), and alternatively known as the 'Black Devils.' It was indeed a joint American-Canadian unit, was comprised of three regiments of two battalions each, and was envisioned for difficult, cold-weather, mountain-warfare missions. The members were known as 'Forcemen.' Initially earmarked for Northern Europe, the FSSF was first sent to the Pacific, and then to the Italian campaign, before finishing its service in Southern France in 1944. During World War II, the brigade suffered casualty rates of 39%. Upon disbandment in 1944, each nations' Forcemen was incorporated into their national armies. Veterans of the Devil's Brigade have been meeting each year, since 1945, in Montana, at the former training facility depicted in the movie, although in the movie, filming took place in Utah, as a stand in for Montana. See more »

Goofs

As the Canadian contingent marches in to the Fort is is apparent that many of the kilted Soldiers are not wearing Sporrans, the leather "purse" worn with the kilt. Only about one out of every 6 or 7 is wearing one. They should all be wearing them. See more »

Quotes

Major Cliff Bricker: [Discovers the dead rattlesnake] Now, why in the hell did you have to shoot him?
Capt. Cardwell: You see, sir, we didn't feel like waiting around for him to starve to death.
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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

Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

You Always Hurt the One You Love
(uncredited)
Words by Allan Roberts and music by Doris Fisher
Sung by Ransom and a woman in the bar prior to the fight.
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Saw this one on the history network
1 January 2004 | by mm-39See all my reviews

Not bad for an older movie. The 60's is full of WW2 movie, and the Devil's Brigade is better than most. Fast paced, interesting, and the strong ending gives this film 7 stars. I wonder how much of this film is actually based on the true story. The movie appears realistic.


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