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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, War  |  23 June 1970 (USA)
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A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.



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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 <>

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Adventure | Comedy | War


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Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kelly's Warriors  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 13,570,000 (Sweden)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



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2.35 : 1
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Mike Curb, who wrote the lyrics to the movie's theme song "Burning Bridges," served as lieutenant governor of California between 1978 and 1982. See more »


When the SS tank commander replies to his superior, he addresses him as "Sturmbahnfuhrer" which is the equivalent of a Major, however the actual rank that is worn is that of a Hauptsturmfuhrer, which is a Captain. See more »


Big Joe: If I hear any more threats against Captain Maitland's life, if I hear any more wild talk about going down to headquarters and killing the General, or raping the nurses at the field hospital, I'm going to strangle the guy with my bare hands! You understand that?
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Burning Bridges
Sung by Mike Curb Congregation (as The Mike Curb Congregation)
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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A different kind of war movie...
6 April 1999 | by (Rochester, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Kelly's Heroes is a difficult movie to describe -- somewhat a cross between a good war movie and a black comedy. The chemistry between Savalas, Eastwood, Rickles, and Sutherland really makes this movie. The combat scenes are some of filmdom's best...close to the Kubrick-directed scenes in Dr. Strangelove.

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