Based on the novel of E.M.Nathanson. It gained an Oscar to the best effects of sounds, and obtained three nominations, to the best actor of distribution (John Cassavetes), to the best assembly, and the best sound.
The Major Reisman (Lee Marvin), a undisciplined military man, receives the order to accomplish a suicidal, consisting of mission assaulting a mansion in which the German army has installed a position of the High Command. For it it will have to until death recruit military prisoners condemned or life imprisonment. Once it has selected his men, the greater one trains them with hand lasts but right, with which the confidence of the group gains. When the moment arrives, all are prepared to carry out the mission.