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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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They set out to rob a bank... and damn near won a war instead! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warriors 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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Oddball's division is the "Super Sixth", the 6th Armored Division. See more »

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There were 3 Tiger tanks in Clermont, numbered 112, 113, and 115. Oddball knocks out Tiger 112 in the square as the battle opens, setting it afire. Tiger 113 is later shown driving out of the square, during which the already-charred 112 explodes, wrecking it further. Tiger 113 is then destroyed by Kelly and Oddball in an alleyway. Afterward, Oddball buys Tiger 115 and drives it away. When Kelly and the squad are leaving the bank with the gold, they pass 112, which appears undamaged, with several French townspeople on it celebrating. See more »

Quotes

Oddball: This engine's been modified by our mechanical genius here, Moriarty. Right?
Moriarty: Whatever you say, babe.
[giggles]
Oddball: These engines are the fastest in any tanks in the European Theater of Operations, forwards or backwards. You see, man, we like to feel we can get out of trouble, quicker than we got into it.
Kelly: [looking skeptical] Got any other secret weapons?
Oddball: Well, yeah, man, you see, like, all the tanks we come up against are bigger and better than ours, so all we can hope to do is, like, scare 'em away, ...
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Alternate Versions

An older video release has a very quick scene involving Germans trying to jump over a truck (after the group crosses the minefield). This scene isn't in the 1999 video; however, a scene with one of the American machine gun crews right after the deleted scene is inserted. See more »

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Sunshine
Written by Mike Curb (uncredited), Harley Hatcher (uncredited) and Lalo Schifrin (uncredited)
Sung by Hank Williams Jr. (as Hank Williams, Jr.)
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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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