Lee H. Katzin
Fatal Mission: A different dozen inmates are turned into soldiers to stop Hitlerís planned fourth reich from developing.
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.