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An explosive inside look at The Dirty Dozen, the star-studded war film that broke the rules, shocked the critics, thrilled audiences, and became an all-time, cult-movieclassic . . . The year was 1967. A cinematic blockbuster exploded across American popular culture. The Dirty Dozen didn't just reinvent the ';men on a mission' war story, it blew the genre to pieces. Like its ragtag team of crazies, murderers, and misfits, it defied authority, mocked the military, and still managed to deliver action, adventure, and no-holds-barred Nazi-killing. It also received four Oscar nominations, launched the careers of many Hollywood legends, and inspired generations of filmmakers like Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino, and James Gunn. Based on exclusive interviews with the surviving cast and crew, friends and families of the stars, and other Hollywood insiders, Killing Generals is a riveting must-read for film buffs, military fans, and anyone who loves a down-and-dirty adventure tale. To quote the character played by Charles Bronson, ';Boy oh boykilling generals could get to be a habit with me.' Detailed, insightful, and gossipy, Epstein's homage spotlights the movie's endless barrage of cinematic gold. During a time when America was reeling from turmoilthe Vietnam War, civil rights protests, social upheavalHollywood held an indelible mirror up to a changing society. Films like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Cool Hand Luke, and In the Heat of the Night would define the era. But it was a gritty, violent, darkly comic World War II movie called The Dirty Dozen that would really strike a chord with audiencesand become the year's biggest box office success. Heading up the all-star cast were Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavettes, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Jim Brown, Robert Ryan, Clint Walker, and at his most terrifying best, Telly Savalas, propelling many of them to stardom. More than a viewing companion to an iconic film, Killin' Generals brings to vivid life a pivotal epic in American history and pop culture, when going to the moviesin personwas a way of life shared by millions.