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April 25th, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER | Brew Views
 

Brew Views: The Dirty Dozen

War machine.

movies.brewviews.dirtydozen_3825THE DIRTY DOZEN - IMAGE: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Earlier this year, the George Lucas-produced Red Tails tried (and failed) to tell the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen by resurrecting the corny, flag-waving 1940s war picture—the exact kind of movie Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen blew to bits 45 years ago. Up until then, the popular cinematic image of American soldiers in World War II was almost universally that of well-scrubbed, upstanding young men fighting the good fight. The soldiers in Aldrich’s film are also fighting the good fight, they just happen to be convicted murderers, psychotics, sexual predators and Charles Bronson, the idea being, well, at least they’re not Nazis. What better blaze of glory to send this year’s Beer and Movie fest out with than that of the Inglourious Basterds of the late ’60s?

  • Showing at: Laurelhurst, presented by Beer and Movie fest.
  • Best paired with: Mt. Hood Oatmeal Stout.
  • Also showing: Casa de Mi Padre (Laurelhurst).
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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