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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writer:

Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Kelly
Telly Savalas ... Big Joe
Don Rickles ... Crapgame
Carroll O'Connor ... General Colt
Donald Sutherland ... Oddball
Gavin MacLeod ... Moriarty
Hal Buckley Hal Buckley ... Maitland
Stuart Margolin ... Little Joe
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Cowboy
Richard Davalos ... Gutowski
Perry Lopez ... Petuko
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Job
Harry Dean Stanton ... Willard (as Dean Stanton)
Dick Balduzzi Dick Balduzzi ... Fisher
Gene Collins Gene Collins ... Babra
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Storyline

During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

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English | French | German

Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goud voor dapperen See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Before they set off, Oddball mentions that he added pipes to his tanks guns to make them look more intimidating. In World War II, however, there have been reports of the crews of up-armed Sherman tanks, who had noticeably-longer barrels on their main guns, much like what Oddball now has, actually trying to *hide* their longer barrels, recognizing that it drew more fire from the enemy. See more »

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When General Colt asks his aide for the aerial photographs, his aide is wearing three stars on his lapel insignia. Since General Colt is a Major General his aide should be wearing lapels with two stars on each insignia. See more »

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Major General Colt: Hey, did you lose my aerial photographs?
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Sunshine
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Under-rated wartime caper.
8 September 2004 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood reunites with his Where Eagles Dare director Brian G. Hutton for another improbable but entertaining WWII caper. Kelly's Heroes has its moments of wartime spectacle and lots of slambang action, but it also has plenty of comedy thrown in. Many critics judged the film quite harshly, groaning about how it is inappropriate for a film to mix jokes and war. But in truth, Kelly's Heroes never pretends to be a serious wartime account - and the humorous undercurrent helps the film rather than hampering it.

A bunch of American GIs are given a few days away from the battlefront during WWII. However, they are not overly impressed with the quiet, excessively peaceful and "boozeless" village where they've been told to relax. One member of the group, Kelly (Eastwood), has learned of a fortune in Nazi gold bullion hidden away in a bank in a German-occupied town some thirty or more miles behind enemy lines. He tells the other guys about it, and they decide to risk their lives to get hold of the hoard. Of course, pulling off a bank robbery is no easy task at the best of times, but when the bank is so far into enemy territory......

Eastwood is suitably laid-back here, but the real stars of the show are Telly Savalas (dynamic and hilarious as Big Joe) and Donald Sutherland (a hippy tank driver so chilled-out he's happy to eat cheese, drink wine and sunbathe in the middle of a chaotic battle!) The pyrotechnics are well-orchestrated, and Troy Kennedy Martin invests the script with the kind of amusing banter and thrilling set pieces that he gave to The Italian Job a year earlier. Kelly's Heroes is totally unsubtle and totally removed from reality - but what it lacks in tact it makes up for with spectacular destruction and bags of entertainment.


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