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Play Dirty (1969)

Play Dirty (1969)

Play Dirty





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Captain Douglas (Michael Caine) is the British army leader who is ordered to lead a band of mercenaries into the desert. Their mission is to knock out an enemy fuel reserve. The inexperienced captain contends with a veteran Colonel (Nigel Green) who is enamored with using old history books to fight modern battles. Cyril Leech (Nigel Davenport) is the experienced mercenary hired by Brigadier Blore (Harry Andrews) to help guide Douglas and his group through the dangerous plot. Leech and Douglas have differences of opinion on how to successfully carry out the mission. As if the trouble with the Nazi wasn't enough, Brigadier Blore sells them out by tipping off the enemy through a spy. Douglas and the few men he has left must survive the sweltering heat and the enemy gunfire in order to insure their survival. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
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On DVD: Apr 24, 2007


Michael Caine
as Capt. Douglas
Nigel Davenport
as Cyril Leech
Nigel Green
as Col. Masters
Harry Andrews
as Brigadier Blore
Daniel Pilon
as Capt. Allwood
Takis Emmanuel
as Kostos Manou
Scott Miller
as Boudesh
Patrick Jordan
as Maj.Watkins
Vivian Pickles
as German Nurse
Rafael Albaicin
as Chief Arab at Oasis
Bernard Archard
as Col. Homerton
Anthony Stamboulieh
as Barman in Arab Bar
Mike Stevens
as Capt. Johnson
Enrique Ávila
as Kalarides
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Critic Reviews for Play Dirty

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Top Critic

A fine, memorable performance by Nigel Davenport, as a man who's as calculating as he is black-hearted. He works for the Brits, but one senses that if the Germans offered him more money, switching sides would pose no dilemma.

Full Review… | July 25, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The pic more than holds its own with The Dirty Dozen , in fact I enjoyed it more and found it more subversive.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Play Dirty

tougher, grittier and just better than 'the dirty dozen.' probably one of the best final films in any director's career

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A politely edgy offering from director Andre De Toth, featuring the indomitable Mr. Michael Caine.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Multiple Directors including Andre De Toth, Bernard Archard & Briget Espeet) This movie has an interesting twist ending. A pair (Michael Caine only along because of his petroleum interests) + a British Solider (Nigel Davenport) reluctantly accompanies Caine through the Sahara desert, changing identities (+ uniforms) to blend in. Guess I missed that this was set during WW II?! More review to follow

Teresa S

Super Reviewer

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