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« on: June 03, 2007, 07:41:32 PM »

Seen this many times.  Cannot remember or figure out how the giant Clint Walker dies.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 07:57:28 PM »

Strangely enough, they never do show his demise, in all the versions I've seen. The last shot of Walker, shows him detonating a mine in the road. I guess we have to assume he went up with the castle. It was a rather potholed end to a great movie. Maybe they didn't want Walker's death to upstage Jim Brown's.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007, 08:31:40 PM »

I've just had to assume that he died in the road from the half track coming at them or crashing .  It thats so, it sure doesn't make it clear.  I don't think he was one of the ones shot under the bridge either.  All of em seem to get some kind of exit scene but him.  I wonder if there is a Dirty Dozen forum on the internet somewhere.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007, 08:43:37 PM »

I've just had to assume that he died in the road from the half track coming at them or crashing .  It thats so, it sure doesn't make it clear.  I don't think he was one of the ones shot under the bridge either.  All of em seem to get some kind of exit scene but him.  I wonder if there is a Dirty Dozen forum on the internet somewhere.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2007, 10:42:06 PM »

Great Film!  Afro

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007, 06:47:11 AM »

Like "The Magnificent Seven", this is another ensemble action film that I can't really get into. It isn't even that original, borrowing elements of TM7 and "Guns of Navarone", with the added twist that these guys are criminals - something which only comes out on a few of them. The early training scenes are digressive and go on way too long, and maybe six of the dozen are well-developed characters. Even the final battle scene is nothing special IMO.

In re Clint Walker, I seem to recall him getting shot in the truck at the end - I remember an image of him with a bullet wound in his chest, for some reason.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2007, 06:51:39 AM »

Cassavetes was shot in the truck.

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007, 06:52:31 AM »

Cassavetes was shot in the truck.

Okay then, never mind.

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2007, 04:45:59 PM »

Like "The Magnificent Seven", this is another ensemble action film that I can't really get into. It isn't even that original, borrowing elements of TM7 and "Guns of Navarone", with the added twist that these guys are criminals - something which only comes out on a few of them. The early training scenes are digressive and go on way too long, and maybe six of the dozen are well-developed characters. Even the final battle scene is nothing special IMO.
It's actually the training scenes that are the best part of the movie. The operation itself isn't very interesting.

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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2007, 04:49:51 PM »

It's actually the training scenes that are the best part of the movie. The operation itself isn't very interesting.
Well said, Dave! Afro

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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2007, 04:50:06 PM »

A similar film was "The Devils Brigade" with James Garner, but I loved this flick when I was a kid.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2007, 01:00:39 PM »

The Devil's Brigade, great flick! James Garner is another underrated actor in my opinion. He gets respect, but not enough!

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2007, 04:15:46 PM »

It's actually the training scenes that are the best part of the movie. The operation itself isn't very interesting.

As a kid, I liked the first made-for-TV sequel (the one which still had Lee Marvin) more than the original. I don't know if that opinion would still hold today, but I'm still not crazy about the original.

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2007, 08:50:12 PM »

Just heard back from Clint Walker concerning his death scene.  I'll put his message to me in quotes.

"Howdy, I really don't know why they finished it that way.  I just kind of disappeared, and I don't know if I died or not.  It is just one of those mysteries...........actually it is a hole in the movie.  It is a question that I have been asked many times.  Thanks for your inquiry, sorry I can't be of more help. Best regards, Clint Walker."

I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Mr. Walker and appreciated his response.  He sounds like a real nice fellow.  Thought I'd share it with you guys.

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2007, 09:21:20 PM »

thanks man Afro

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