Major John Reisman: What do you think, Sergeant?
Sergeant Clyde Bowren: I think you'll do just fine, sir.
Major John Reisman: [emphatically] I said what do you think?
Sergeant Clyde Bowren: I think the first chance one of those lovers gets, he's going to shoot the Major right in the head... sir.
A fun war time comedy in the same league as movies like M*A*S*H and Kelly's Heroes.
Lee Marvin leads an all star cast as Major Reisman, a good leader who is assigned the mission of leading 12 American military prisoners, all either serving life in jail or headed for the death penalty, into a special assassination assignment.
The cast of cons include Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, and Jim Brown. For the record, my favorite of the dozen was Bronson.
The dozen is assembled, with the majority of the movie being spent developing these cons in their training before getting to their actual assignment in the big action finale.
The majority of the movie is fairly light in tone, but all of the actors make this a very entertaining movie to watch. By the time you get to the end of the film, you do care about the ones that don't make it out of the mission alive.
Lee Marvin, who has to carry this movie as the leader, kicks ass the whole way through, from his no-nonsense dialog to the strut in his step.
Its a very entertaining movie, with a great ensemble cast.
Pinkley: [impersonating a General] Where are you from, son?
Soldier: Madison City, Missouri, sir!
Pinkley: Never heard of it.