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Telly Savalas and Heather Thomas go head-to-head with the Third Reigh in this, the third and final, TV movie sequel to "The Dirty Dozen." Ernest Borgnine returns as well, the only actor to appear in all four films. Lee Marvin is again absent, with Savalas filling in as the commander of the rag tag group of convict who have the choice to going on a suicide mission or face their prison sentences of life or execution. The dozen this times includes, besides Savalas and Thomas, Erik Estrada, Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Jeff Conaway, Ernie Hudson and John Matuszak. Like the other TV sequel, this film again is essentially a tepid remake of the original, but this Sands of Iwo Jima/Heartbreak Ridge formula does have it's charm. Certainly not a classic and nowhere in the same league as the original, but it was entertaining.
This is the last sequel to The Dirty Dozen. Though Tully Savalas was good in this as the leader, it fell flat. Its not as good as its predecessor. It was actually pretty long and boring. In short it was a major drop off from Dirty Dozen Deadly mission
This was really horrible. As much as I like Telly Savalas, he really should have just stayed dead after the first Dirty Dozen. Age was holding him back from really putting forth the goods for the mission, and his movements and action were fit only for a command behind the desk with Ernest Borgnine. Putting ERIC ESTRADA???...in this film at all instantly made this film instead of a great classic, a horrible D- rate movie. The worst scene was the last where the main German Officer just stands on the tracks shooting in complete stupidity at the unmanned steam locomotive bearing down on him, instead of regrouping with his men to attack the Dirty Dozen, who were already off the train and on the ground.
This of the many sequels to The Dirty Dozen is ok by me. It was made for television, but it did not look like it. Telly Sevalis, that TV fame KOJAK guy, shows he can still lead a bunch of losers into combat.
SEE a final clip of the film here (not english but no dialog)
Twelve top Nazis are ordered to the Middle East, where they are to organize a Fourth Reich, and only Major Wright and his convict commando squad can stop them.
The KOJAK detective, played by Sevallis, is quite clearly seen in this WWII story of stopping Hitler from recreating itself after the war. It tends to have a credibility problem in that the mission is supposed to be carried out by insubordinate convicts, but if you can forget that major detail, it still becomes great fun to watch and also quite sad too.
The real story here is the traitor that is amongst the group, and here the suspense really starts.
SEE the entire film here:
Not Oscar material by any means, or any other award winning material. Still, it was worth the time to watch for me. Good sets, great costuming. Well shot. It was worth my time which says an awful lot!
Besides, I like Telly Savalis in anything he did. An intense actor of first degree. Telly made an impressive performance in that Clint Eastwood early flick called Kelly's Heros. Check that out and it was a terrific film.
There is a rather romantic subplot here though. And that is awkward when it comes up. But it is not often and besides, the action keeps up relentlessly. Then there is the rather sad performance of the recently departed Ernest Borgnine, who really is not A grade acting at all.
1 Made for television, this is the third sequel to the popular war adventure. This time, a group of rag-tag soldiers must somehow shape up and take on a group of Nazi soldiers who are riding the Orient Express to Istanbul to establish their latest empire. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
2 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission is the third 1988 television chapter in the popular men on a mission war saga, from director Lee H. Katzin.
A rugged WWII actioner concerning an experienced officer, Major Wright (Telly Savalas), who is assigned by General Sam Worden (Ernest Borgnine) to train a dropout group of murderers, criminals and rapists who get a chance to redeem themselves for a dangerous assault on a railway locomotive, the Orient Express.
They are a bunch of dispensable characters with no past and no future. Wright reprieves a bunch of Death Row inmates, forges them into a two-fisted fighting unit and leads them on a deadly assignment into Nazi territory, but there is a traitor in the team.
The dozen are armed with M3 submachine guns, called 'Grease Guns' because of their resemblance to one.
The only Dirty Dozen movie in which the final mission does not take place in Nazi-occupied France.
The only Dirty Dozen movie to feature a returning member of the dozen, Joe Stern, who previously appeared in The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission.
The only Dirty Dozen movie to feature a female member of the dozen, Lieutenant Carol Campbell.
Filmed in Croatia, which was then part of Yugoslavia.
Ernest Borgnine is the only cast member to appear in the original movie and all three TV films.
1 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission is 1988 made-for-TV film and is the third sequel to the original The Dirty Dozen. It features an all-new 'dirty dozen,' with the exception of the returning Joe Stern, under the leadership of Major Wright (Telly Savalas).
Telly Savalas as Major Wright
Ernest Borgnine as General Sam Worden
Jeff Conaway as Sergeant Holt
Hunt Block as Joe Stern
Matthew Burton as SS General Kurt Richter
Alex Cord as Dravko Demchuk
Erik Estrada as Carmine D'Agostino
Ernie Hudson as Joseph Hamilton
Heather Thomas as Lieutenant Carol Campbell
James Carroll Jordan as Lonnie Wilson
Natalia Nogulich as Jelena Vosković
Ray Mancini as Tom Ricketts
John Matuszak as Fred Collins
Anthony Valentine as British Colonel
Directed by Lee H. Katzin
Produced by Mel Swope
Written by Mark Rodgers
Music by John CacavasDistributed by
Release date(s) February 14, 1988
Running time 94 min.
Country United States
Ovoj vise ne e prica koja ima kvalitet kako i prethodni delovi. Preporucuju ga da se pogleda, a za kolekcionari, koj saka da gi ima svite nastavci... :)