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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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Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kelly's Warriors  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 13,570,000 (Sweden)

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In the nineties, a group of Swedish war game enthusiasts started to build a 1/72 scale model of the town, where the robbery takes place. As they pursued accuracy they even traveled to Yugoslavia and in fact hired a pilot and plane to get aerial photos of the town. Yugoslavian authorities thought they were foreign spies and arrested them. Reportedly, they were released after a couple of hours. See more »


During the final battle scene where a German tank fires a round at Crapgame, Cowboy and Pvt. Willard, the round knocks debris from an archway as they flee from the tank. Crapgame is knocked unconscious to the ground. The very next scene shows Cowboy and Willard stopping, then turning around to retrieve Crapgame. Pvt. Willard momentarily backs up against what is supposed to be a brick and mortar wall and the wall ripples, obviously constructed of fabric with material painted over it. See more »


Oddball: [Sliding along the gun barrel to look out a small window] It's a mark six... And we've got it by the ass!
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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A war movie buff's guilty pleasure.
9 August 2004 | by (Mississippi River Bottoms Southern Illinois) – See all my reviews

I'm the first one to rant at ridiculous war movies. The history has to be right, the uniforms, and so on and so on. Plots have to be creditable or I'm the first one to cry foul. But then there comes along movies like Kelly's Heroes. It's violent and meaningless really...but funny and very exciting. The gear is accurate for the most part, which is far more than I can say about the bulk of so called serious war films. Even with the infamous Tiger tank the film makers attempted to at least make the Russian built Yugoslav T53s they were using look like Tigers. I think they were T53s, they did such a good job of making them look like Tigers it's hard to tell. The whole film is a 1960s anti-establishment slant thrown on a pretty standard WWII story about GIs on a mission behind the German lines. In this parallel universe John Wayne type mission, these guys are out for number one. It's their mission, not the US Army's or the Allies. With a headlines crazy General chasing behind them with his photographer looking to pin medals on "his boys" for piercing the German lines and apparently leading his "charge", they're heading for a town full of Germans guarding a bank with three Tiger tanks. Clint Eastwood has to pick up the means to complete this personal mission along the way without the secret leaking out. We even have 1960s Hippies in this silly war torn 1940s world. Donald Sutherland is a riot as a stoned Sherman tank commander who seems to have stepped into a timewarp and emerged in 1944 and found himself at the helm of an armored unit. Several then unknowns are in the film, including Harry Dean Stanton and Gavin Mcleod. Beautiful scenery and photography shot in what was then Yugoslavia. Excellent attention to equipment detail. Good, if over the top, performances all around. Suspense and excitement. Very funny. And possibly the silliest pothole laden plot to ever pass itself off as a war movie. If you're a war movie buff with a sense of humor you'll love it.

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