Play Dirty

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"Forget the medals, throw away the rule book, if you want to surviveā€¦ Play Dirty"
  • R
  • 1968
  • 1 hr 57 min
  • 6.7  (3,737)

In the midst of World War II, the British army is desperate for a victory in North Africa. Lieutenant Douglas (Michael Caine) is tasked with assembling a team of mercenaries to carry out a dangerous mission: to destroy a fuel depot deep behind enemy lines. However, these are not your typical soldiers. Douglas must recruit a group of prisoners who have been given the opportunity for freedom if they complete the mission successfully.

Leading the team of prisoners is the tough and experienced Captain Leech (Nigel Davenport), who makes it clear from the start that he only cares about his own survival. The rest of the team includes a murderer named Braddock (Harry Andrews), a safecracker named Rafferty (Patrick Jordan), and a racist named Tosh (Daniel Pilon). Douglas must convince them to put aside their differences and work together to carry out the mission.

The team sets out into the harsh desert terrain, facing obstacles and danger at every turn. They must navigate their way through booby traps and minefields, while also dealing with the constant threat of attack from German soldiers. As tensions rise among the team members, Douglas must also deal with the interference of his superiors, who seem more interested in their own political agendas than the success of the mission.

Along the way, the team encounters a brutal and sadistic German officer, Major Kinsman (Nigel Green), who is determined to stop them at any cost. The battles between the ragtag group of soldiers and the experienced German army are intense and grueling, with both sides suffering heavy losses.

As the team gets closer to their goal, they begin to question whether the mission is worth the cost. Many of them have already sacrificed so much in their lives, and they are unsure if they want to risk it all for a victory that may not even matter in the end.

Play Dirty is a gripping and gritty war film that explores the darker side of human nature. The characters are complex and flawed, with their own motivations and doubts. Michael Caine gives a powerful performance as the conflicted Lieutenant Douglas, who must balance his duty to his country with his compassion for his team members. Nigel Davenport is equally strong as Captain Leech, the hardened veteran who must confront his own demons and face his own mortality.

The film is expertly directed by Andre De Toth, who captures the beauty and brutality of the North African desert. The battle scenes are intense and realistic, with no shortage of explosions and gunfire. The score by Michel Legrand adds to the tense atmosphere, heightening the sense of danger and uncertainty.

Overall, Play Dirty is a must-see for fans of war films and Michael Caine. Its bold and unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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    6.7  (3,737)