The 1967 war film “The Dirty Dozen”, based on author E. M. Nathanson’s novel of the same name that was inspired by a real life group called the “Filthy Thirteen”, had a château built especially for the production by art director William Hutchinson.
The château was 720 yards wide and 50 ft high, surrounded with 5,400 sq. yds. of heather, 400 ferns, 450 shrubs, 30 spruce trees and 6 weeping willows. However, the construction of the faux château proved problematic. See the script required its explosion, but it was so solid that 70 tons of explosives would have been required for the effect. So, instead, a cork and plastic section was destroyed.