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The 'Dirty Dozen' Quiz
by Staff
The premise was ridiculous, but that didn't stop millions of people from watching this World War II-era action film. How much do you know about "The Dirty Dozen?"

The movie is based on what other work of art?

  • a novel
  • a poem
  • a comic book

What is the goal of the military unit depicted in the film?

  • to attack a meeting of Nazi officers
  • to stop the Nazis from developing an atomic bomb
  • to kill Hitler

In what year was the movie released?

  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1967

From which branch of the U.S. military are the 12 men referred to as "The Dirty Dozen?"

  • Navy
  • Army
  • Marines

Why does the military choose criminals for the mission instead of normal soldiers?

  • The mission is basically suicide.
  • The army was running short on men.
  • The men were uniquely qualified for the job.

How many Oscar nominations did the film receive?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Who directed the film?

  • Sergio Leone
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Robert Aldrich

Who plays Major John Reisman, who is in charge of the mission?

  • Charles Bronson
  • Lee Marvin
  • Ernest Borgnine

How do the men arrive at the launching point of their mission?

  • They hike through forests for days.
  • parachute from a plane
  • armored personnel carriers

Actor Jim Brown was actually better known for which talents?

  • football
  • basketball
  • sprinting

When filming interfered with NFL training camp and the league threatened to suspend Brown, how did Brown respond?

  • He hired a body double to perform his parts.
  • He cut his scenes short.
  • He publicly announced his retirement.

How do the men wind up with the name "dirty dozen?"

  • They are dirty criminals.
  • They stop showering during training.
  • They are like a carton of broken eggs.

Why was Lee Marvin disruptive on set?

  • He complained about the low pay.
  • He hated the director.
  • He had a drinking problem.

What is the code name for the secret mission?

  • Operation Firestorm
  • Operation Amnesty
  • Operation Gearbox

How does Major Reisman reward the group for successful training?

  • He hires prostitutes.
  • He gives them whiskey and cocaine.
  • He lets them visit the city for a night.

What are the men promised in return should they succeed in their mission?

  • Returned to prison with sentences reduced to one year
  • Full pardon and returned to Army units
  • Full pardon and honorable discharge

Where did most of the film's shooting take place?

  • Scotland
  • Hollywood
  • England

Who plays the role of Joseph Wladislaw?

  • Charles Bronson
  • Telly Savalas
  • Ralph Meeker

Why was Jim Brown's role in the movie expanded once he signed a contract to perform?

  • The director loved football.
  • Brown asked for more lines.
  • The executive producer was a personal friend.

How long is the movie?

  • 90 minutes
  • 120 minutes
  • 150 minutes

For what crimes was the character named Victor Franko convicted?

  • robbery and murder
  • kidnapping and rape
  • extortion and assault

At the end of shooting, why didn't the film crew blow up the Nazi meeting place as originally planned?

  • the lead pyrotechnician died on set
  • the Vietnam War led to a shortage on explosives
  • The house's construction was too sturdy.

Why did Jack Palance reportedly turn down the role of A.J. Maggott?

  • Maggott was a racist.
  • He wanted more money.
  • He was busy with another project.

How many steps are there in the chant that the men repeat to help them memorize the mission?

  • seven
  • 12
  • 16

Before he's selected for the mission, what is Samson Posey's sentence?

  • four consecutive life sentences
  • life in prison
  • death by hanging

Which character's criminal behavior resurfaces and nearly ruins the entire mission?

  • A.J. Maggott
  • Victor Franko
  • Vernon Pinkley

What role did Edward Scaife play in the making of the movie?

  • editor
  • writer
  • cinematography

Who was the first choice to play Major Reisman?

  • John Wayne
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Al Pacino

How many of the men survive the mission?

  • seven
  • five
  • three

Ernest Borgnine was one of numerous veterans in the cast. In which branch of the military did he serve?

  • Navy
  • Army
  • Air Force