Robert Aldrich is loved by film snobs for his versatility in a variety of genres. Here he tackles the “men on a mission” movie, in which a bunch of guys (in this case, 12) carry out an assault on a Nazi compound. Lest you think this is some kind of artistic exercise in snobbery, the assault is pretty hardcore: They’re going to incinerate a bunch of Nazis at a dinner party, INCLUDING the Nazi’s wives. It’s one of the chief inspirations for Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds, and it’s also friggen awesome.
This is probably the definitive action movie for film snobs. There are more buckets of blood in this than in most modern-day action movies, and director Sam Peckinpah’s radical cinematic and editing techniques are still unforgettable. Plus, there are boobs. Even film snobs love boobs.