Movie of the Day: The Dirty Dozen
Why Watch It Now?
There's an argument to be made that the classic action story of a ragtag group of Army rejects coming together for a suicide mission is just a football movie in disguise or at least the greatest reversal of the "football is war" metaphor. Then again, if the idea of the flawed but fantastic super-team sounds familiar, that's probably because Robert Aldrich created the template for pretty much every action/suspense/thriller of the century, from superhero movies like The Avengers to supervillain movies like Suicide Squad (a self conscious ripoff, er, homage) to anything fast and/or furious.
Bonus Trivia, Football Edition: This movie had a significant impact on the game itself by casting Jim Brown. When forced to choose between an acting career and a pro football career, Brown famously went with the former, sacrificing the chance to set records that likely would still hold to this day.
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