This may be a sign of age, but I cannot believe that Channel 5 in the UK is showing The Dirty Dozen at 1pm next Saturday afternoon. On one level I shudder to think how much they will have to butcher a great film in order to make it showable to an all-age audience. On another level, a part of me is shocked that such a brutal and amoral movie is being shown in daylight hours. As it happens, I first saw the film aged 13 when the BBC premiered it at Christmas 1977 (uncut, as far as I recall) and my dad found it much more disturbing than I did. I'm also aware that films that were once thought deeply shocking are now considered tame. But seriously: The Dirty Dozen! Would anyone care to join me in guessing just how much of this film they will have to cut? Bearing in mind that this is Channel 5, whose last showing of Operation Daybreak (at a Saturday teatime) cut out all uses of the word "Christ!" and would not allow us to see the young girl finding blood on the handlebars of her bike (God knows what they did with the interrogation scenes, I'd given up by then). As a starter, I think they will have to lose: - the initial hanging - Major Reisman's first encounter with Franko (verbal and physical) - Maggot's use of the N-word (So "Any questions?" will appear to be followed by a completely spontaneous brawl) - The delivery of a truckload of prostitutes (Unless parents are meant to persuade their kids that they've really just come over for a dance) - Maggot cold-bloodedly stabbing a woman in the stomach - All the bloody bullet wounds in the final battle - The Dozen emptying bags of grenades, followed by petrol, down the ventilation shafts onto a cellar full of screaming people (So Jefferson will appear to blow up an entire chateau with about six hand grenades) ... I don't think I can bring myself to watch a family-friendly version, but would be interested to hear what was left intact!