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Dirty Dozen: Deadly/Fatal Mission
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08.18.2006 By: Sturdy
Dirty Dozen: Deadly/Fatal Mission order
Director:
Lee H. Katzin

Actors:
Telly Savalas
Ernest Borgnine
Tex Cobb

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Deadly Mission: A dozen inmates are turned into soldiers to stop the Nazis from developing a nerve gas that they plan on using on American soil.

Fatal Mission: A different dozen inmates are turned into soldiers to stop Hitlerís planned fourth reich from developing.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before I started watching this double feature, I had planned on splitting up my review so it would be easy to tell which film I was referring to. However, after watching these made for TV movies, it has become clear that there is little to no difference between them.

However, before I continue the review, I would like to recap how these came to fruition because I myself was unaware of their existence. It seems that in 1985, the great Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine reprised their roles from the original 1967 DIRTY DOZEN film in a TV movie titled THE NEXT MISSION. Then came 1987ís TV film DEADLY MISSION and 1988ís FATAL MISSION. Lee Marvin passed on in 1987, so he didnít take part in the latter two. Also, you might remember Telly Savalas from the original film, but obviously, he is not reprising his role and instead is playing a completely different character. I found this odd, but I like Telly, so I dealt with it.

As for the movies themselves, they are bad. Iím a fan of the original, but these just donít have the originality or the effort that the theatrical version had. Itís hard for a TV sequel to have the quality of a theatrical release and these are no exception. Itís also pretty funny because you can easily pick out which of the dozen will make it and which ones will die. The ones that make it get a decent back story, while the others get killed in dramatic fashion. I guess thems-the-breaks when you only have 94 minutes of screen time.

Iím not going to beat a dead horse and comment on the music, direction, story and supporting cast. As you can imagine, theyíre all equally bad. I did enjoy seeing Telly and Ernest on the..errÖsmall screen again, but they deserve better than this. If youíre a completist, and you have to know how the dirty dozen ends, then go ahead, but consider yourself warned.
THE EXTRAS
Nope, nothing here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím not sure who would appreciate these films since the quality is incredibly poor and the story is a mild retelling of the original. Do yourself a favor and let these TV films fade into television obscurity.
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