The Devil's Brigade

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At the onset of World War II, American Lt. Col. Robert Frederick (William Holden) is put in charge of a unit called the 1st Special Service Force, composed of elite Canadian commandos and undisciplined American soldiers. With Maj. Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson) leading the Canadians and Maj. Cliff Bricker (Vince Edwards) the acting head of the American contingent, there is initial tension -- but the team comes together when given a daunting mission that few would dare to attempt.

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William Holden
Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Cliff Robertson
Maj. Alan Crown
Vince Edwards
Maj. Cliff Bricker
Michael Rennie
Lt. Gen. Mark Clark
Dana Andrews
Brig. Gen. Walter Naylor
Gretchen Wyler
The Lady of Joy
Andrew Prine
Pvt. Theodore Ransom
Claude Akins
Pvt. Rocky Rockman
Carroll O'Connor
Maj. Gen. Maxwell Hunter
Richard Jaeckel
Pvt. Omar Greco
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Brigade

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  • Jan 26, 2019
    An all-star cast of character actors, playing misfits and incorrigibles, are given to desk jockey William Holden (!) to turn into a more-than-capable fighting force. Based on a true story, one half of the recruits hate the other half, putting into serious question whether or not any goals can be achieved. But guess what? In any case, the effort comes across like the Dirty Dozen's kid brother, capable and well meaning, but not up to the task.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2013
    The Devil's Brigade is a very good and entertaining war film that tells the story of a team of Special Forces mixed up of Canadian and American soldiers during the Second World War. Although not perfect, this is still an engaging movie that is a must see for any war film fan. The cast do a fine job with the material, but it could have been done better at times, considering that the real life Devil's Brigade are true icons of Special Forces warfare. The true story is quite interesting, and this film can peek your interest into the subject as well. However there are parts that are pretty slow, and really should been reworked a bit to really make this a standout war film. The film was viewed as a rip off of the Dirty Dozen, but that is not true. I view them to be separate movies, and each is very different. What we have here with the Devil's Brigade is an exciting war film that chronicles the exploits of the famed regiment. This is a film that is worth seeing if you're interesting in a true story about some truly courageous soldiers. The film may be inaccurate at times, but it has enough going for it to make for a worthwhile film going experience. The Devil's Brigade is an entertaining film that is sure to appeal classic war film fans as well as history buffs. However to get the full story of the brigade, read up on them in books and multiple articles on the net. This is an entertaining film, but one that leaves a lot to be desired. Despite this, it's a film worth seeing.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2007
    I enjoyed watching the Canadians and the Americans stick up for one another in the bar fight.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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