Winter Nights Film Series: The Dirty Dozen

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights Film Series continues on Friday, February 5, 2010 with The Dirty Dozen. This gritty war film, made in 1967, is the ultimate “guy’s” film. Shown in 35 mm in the Tobias Theatre, the film gets underway at 7:00 pm. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $9.00 for Indianapolis people and $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum and Indianapolis kids and students.

Directed by Robert Aldrich, The Dirty Dozen was nominated for four Academy Awards, taking home the prize for Best Effects, Sound Effects. The story follows a group of misfit convicts on a suicide mission during World War II. Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin) is an OSS officer with an unusual mission. He is assigned to take twelve United States criminals serving a life sentence or awaiting execution and whip them into shape to carry out a suicide mission in France. Together they will take infiltrate a chateau filled with German officers and their whores near Rennes, France. The mission operates under the premise that the loss of high ranking German officials in the Nazi army will make it difficult for Germany to respond quickly to their D-Day invasion.

A psycho (John Cassavetes), a killer (Donald Sutherland), a sex offender (Telly Savalas), a murderer (Charles Bronson) and eight other criminals must pull off one of the most important attacks of World War II. In a three act structure, director Robert Aldrich introduces us to the players, the mission and then the action. The film is a famous addition to the body of war flicks produced in America for its ability to keep from glamorizing war. Can these criminals pull of this suicidal long shot? Find out Friday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. WFYI’s Matt Socey will be on hand to introduce the film, which runs 150 minutes.

Video: Dirty Dozen Trailer, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana


Head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, to discuss Aldrich’s keen directoral eye after the show. Keep the conversation going over dinner and drinks at these great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. For some great deals on dining, take advantage of Devour Downtown in Indianapolis downtown. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

The Dirty Dozen
Friday, February 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art

4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208