The Devil's Brigade

Synopsis: During World War II, a special fighting unit is formed that combines a crack Canadian Army unit and a conglomeration of U.S. Army misfits who had previously served time in military jails. After an initial period of conflict between the two groups, their enmity turns to respect and friendship, and the unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission that has heretofore been considered impossible to carry out.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Lt. Col. Frederick, good morning, sir.

We're a bit late, sir.

Could you hurry, please, sir?

The Allies were in trouble...

...and so was I, that summer of 1942,

when I arrived in England...

...on what I was sure was a fool's errand.

I'd come from Washington to explain

the US Army's strong opposition... one of Lord Mountbatten's

favorite projects.

I'd written the army's critical report

in what I thought was plain English.

I was puzzled and annoyed at being sent

4,000 miles to say it all over again...

...particularly to Lord Mountbatten himself.

You've never held a field command, have you?

- No, sir.

- No combat experience?

No, sir.

By virtue of what special knowledge... you so dogmatically

damn our plan of action?

You propose, in a period of four months... recruit a unit,

half-Canadian, half-American...

...and drop them in Norway

in the middle of winter.

You have a new snow machine.

What kind of officers and men

will you recruit?

How will they be trained,

organized and equipped?

Your plan doesn't say.

The most important thing is,

once you get them there... are you going to get them out?

There's been no provision made for that.

We're not unaware

of the problems, Colonel.


we're going ahead with the project.

If you've already made your decision,

what am I doing here?

- Thank you, Colonel.

- Let's go, Bob.

Gentlemen, I think we've found

our commanding officer.

If he'll take it.

He's more likely

to throw it right back in your face.

Care to bet?

So you left Washington for this, Colonel?

Don't move, Colonel.

Why in the hell did you have to shoot him?

You see, sir, we didn't feel like

waiting around till it starved to death.

Now, look, Captain.

That kind of smart-ass talk

don't go good with me at all.

You just be careful of that kind of talk.

Col. Frederick. Maj. Cliff Bricker, sir.

I started to collect snakes,

caught one yesterday.

I've got 'em in my footlocker in my room.

You're interested in herpetology.

You like snakes.

I hate 'em. Scared to death of them.

That's the reason I joined the paratroops.

See, I hated to fly.

Scared to death of jumping.

But after 50 jumps, I just loved it.

Danger, Colonel,

that's the best tonic there is.

That's the reason

I put in for Special Forces.

Major, when you address me,

take the cigar out of your mouth.

This is my office, Major.

The name of this outfit is

the First Special Service Force.

- Where were you when I arrived?

- There was nothing to do here, sir.

We decided to go in town and look around.

A blind man could see

a thousand things to do.

Sir, you being in Washington,

you haven't been around like me.

You see, I've been in nine different camps.

I've got to tell you this, sir.

Never have I seen anything

so out-of-the-question hopeless... this joint is.

There's absolutely nothing it doesn't need.


That's why we've got it, Major.

And that's why I've got you.

You've been in and out of camps...

...because you're the biggest hustler

and scrounger in the US Army.

In exactly 10 days,

our first recruits and volunteers arrive.

Whatever they and this camp need,

you're going to supply.

How you do it, I don't care.

Just start hustling. Cardwell?

Move it! Come on!

Line them up on the double! Move!

Come on! This is no Sunday school picnic!

Move it! Come on!

You think maybe somebody somewhere

has it in for our peerless leader here?

The summer I worked in a fish cannery,

we threw away better material than this.

Come on, you men, move!

Hate to break up the game, fellas,

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