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August 8, 2016
Being from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, this film has special significance, as there are still survivors from the actual 'Devil's Brigade'. This film was a hoot to watch and greatly enjoyable. Heartily recommended for those enthusiasts of war movies, and had just enough humour to be endearing rather than off-putting. Would make a fine double bill with the similarly-toned 'Three Kings' or 'Kelly's Heroes'.
July 9, 2015
It entertains but really shows it's age where older better made WW2 movies feel timeless.
½ June 25, 2014
It's a William Holden dirty dozen sort of movie, only not as good. Worth watching. However, not one of Holden's better films.
August 25, 2013
Although David L. Wolper bought the rights to this book yeas before "The Dirty Dozen" came out, this film, released after "The Dirty Dozen," still come off as a pale imitation. William Holden is good in the Lee Marvin-like role, whipping the oddball brigade into a fighting special forces unit, but it's all pretty dull and very much missing Robert Aldrich's flair for action and violence.
Super Reviewer
August 17, 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.
½ April 19, 2013
Yanks and Canadians team up for a special mission during WW II. It wasn't quite up there with the classics of the genre, but being a Canadian (hence starved for cinematic representations of my countrymen) it was quite cool seeing Canucks so prominently featured in a big scale action/adventure flick.
December 22, 2012
I own this in a five movie pack along with:
* A Bridge Too Far (1977)
* Battle Of Britain (1969)
* 663 Squadron (1963)
* The Train (1964)
* The McKenzie Break (1970)
September 27, 2012
fair movie about a true story.
½ July 20, 2012
Great movie with William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Richard Dawson, and many more character actors about a special combination force of Canadians and Americans....good scenes and great dialogue...
½ July 11, 2011
La brigada del diablo [1968]
May 30, 2011
The awesome true story of a joint Canadian / American special forces battalion in WWII.
September 14, 2010
August 17, 2010
comfort movie... one of holden's more badass roles
June 1, 2010
I thought it was a very good movie. I never knew that durring World War II there ever was a group of Canadians and United States troops that worked together in any kind of training in the United States and The United States Troops were the ones that were the worst trained. I never knew The Canadian Army played bagpipes.

My favorite parts are the bar fight and ceaching all the prisoners.
½ May 28, 2010
Americans are jerks.
April 22, 2010
Critically drubbed as another "Dirty Dozen" clone during its initial release, director Andrew V. McLaglen's "The Devil's Brigade" is a true-life World War II epic about the First Special Service Force. This exciting, flavorful actioneer about combat in the Italian campaign is representative of the big-budgeted movies about World War II produced in the 1960s. This was McLaglen's first major film without either John Wayne or James Stewart as the star. William Holden stars along with Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Dana Andrews and Claude Akins Clocking in at 131 minutes, "The Devil's Brigade" covers a lot of ground from the formation of the unit to the rivalry between the American and Canadian soldiers. Although women appear in the bar brawl and Holden has a scene with a general's secretary, women are pretty much relegated to the periphery of the action. McLaglen does a good job of keeping the lumbering action in motion and "Magnificent Seven" scribe William Roberts inserts an interesting line or two. Lenser William Clothier captures the combat in several rugged setting and provides this war story will a virile look, while Alex North contributes an inspirational score.

An American Colonel with no battlefield experience receives orders to train a unit of American misfits and snappy Canadian troops for a mission that he has derided as insane. This qualifies as a more eloquent as well as palatable version of "The Dirty Dozen." The singular drawn-back is the tragic ending that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
½ March 3, 2010
Canadians & Americans killing Nazis with William Holden leading the way. Look out Adolf cause here is some eggs bennedict in your face.
October 11, 2009
My wife's uncle served in the Devil's Brigade. Fearless Canadian Warriors...
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