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Play Dirty (1969)





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Captain Douglas (Michael Caine) is the British army leader who is ordered to lead a band of mercenaries into the desert. Their mission is to knock out an enemy fuel reserve. The inexperienced captain contends with a veteran Colonel (Nigel Green) who is enamored with using old history books to fight modern battles. Cyril Leech (Nigel Davenport) is the experienced mercenary hired by Brigadier Blore (Harry Andrews) to help guide Douglas and his group through the dangerous plot. Leech and Douglas have differences of opinion on how to successfully carry out the mission. As if the trouble with the Nazi wasn't enough, Brigadier Blore sells them out by tipping off the enemy through a spy. Douglas and the few men he has left must survive the sweltering heat and the enemy gunfire in order to insure their survival. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Michael Caine
as Capt. Douglas
Nigel Davenport
as Cyril Leech
Nigel Green
as Col. Masters
Harry Andrews
as Brigadier Blore
Daniel Pilon
as Capt. Allwood
Takis Emmanuel
as Kostos Manou
Scott Miller
as Boudesh
Patrick Jordan
as Maj.Watkins
Vivian Pickles
as German Nurse
Rafael Albaicin
as Chief Arab at Oasis
Bernard Archard
as Col. Homerton
Anthony Stamboulieh
as Barman in Arab Bar
Mike Stevens
as Capt. Johnson
Enrique Ávila
as Kalarides
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Critic Reviews for Play Dirty

All Critics (4)

Often unfairly dismissed as a British rip-off of 1967's The Dirty Dozen, Play Dirty is instead its own nasty little beast.

September 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Positively giddy in its nihilistic misanthropy...

December 29, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A fine, memorable performance by Nigel Davenport, as a man who's as calculating as he is black-hearted. He works for the Brits, but one senses that if the Germans offered him more money, switching sides would pose no dilemma.

July 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

The pic more than holds its own with The Dirty Dozen , in fact I enjoyed it more and found it more subversive.

April 26, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Play Dirty

tougher, grittier and just better than 'the dirty dozen.' probably one of the best final films in any director's career

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A politely edgy offering from director Andre De Toth, featuring the indomitable Mr. Michael Caine.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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