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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.



(as Troy Kennedy Martin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Buckley ...
Jeff Morris ...
Tom Troupe ...
Willard (as Dean Stanton)
Dick Balduzzi ...
Gene Collins ...


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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Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kelly's Warriors  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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At the beginning of the movie Big Joe is desperate to know about the best places to stay in the city of Nancy, and uses the Michelin Guide as a tourist guide. Use of these books by Allied troops is accurate. When planning the Normandy invasion, staff officers were concerned about how the troops would navigate in light of the possibility that retreating Germans would take down or reverse road signs. The US government quietly reprinted the most recent edition (from 1939, as new publications had been suspended because of the war). So when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normany on June 6, 1944, they carried the Michelin guides and for the remainder of the war, advancing forces depended on their Michelin maps. See more »


The truck being used to carry the gold could not have possibly carried all the gold. When you take out Odd Ball's and the German's share of the gold: 1/14 of the total = 14,000 bars / 14 = 1000 bars each. That leaves 12,000 bars. With the standard weight of gold bars being ~25 pounds each that would mean there is ~300,000 pounds of gold, or ~150 tons. That is a lot more than the truck they were loading the gold onto could carry. That amount of gold would require nearly four modern tractor trailers to carry. See more »


Crapgame: [Muttering in the minefield] Coulda been in the States playing ping-pong; volleyball... Plenty of broads... Who the hell needs all this? Gonna get my knife & get the hell outta here. Eaaa, lousy equipment! Now I gotta lift up this CANNON; carry it all the way to the front line someplace. Damned thing is heavier that Kelsey's burgers!
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Si Tu Me Dis
("Living For You")
Sung by Monique Aldebert
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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29 July 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

There will never be a cast of characters brought together for one movie which could compare to this one. Clint Eastwood shows that he can be good at being quite serious, humorous, and even let other people steal scenes without losing presence. The real difference though lies in the rest of the cast which is a group of All-Stars who excel at certain type characters the likes of which you can not find today. Examples: Telly Savalas showing why he would become a MAJOR TV star later, Don Rickles being Don Rickles but keeping his movie character true to the film, Carroll O'Connor showing that greatness was just around the corner for him, and Donald Sutherland is just too good for words. What really makes this movie though is unlike other movies which bring together a lot of big names and top character actors, Kelly's Heroes did not lose focus on the importance of the plot. THe story never gets lost to the characters. Absolutely great job!

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