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Release Date:
23 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Never have so few taken so many for so much. See more »
Plot:
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Under-rated wartime caper. See more (164 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Pvt. Kelly

Telly Savalas ... MSgt. Big Joe

Don Rickles ... SSgt. Crapgame

Carroll O'Connor ... Maj. Gen. Colt

Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Oddball

Gavin MacLeod ... Moriarty
Hal Buckley ... Capt. Maitland

Stuart Margolin ... Pvt. Little Joe
Jeff Morris ... Pvt. Cowboy
Richard Davalos ... Pvt. Gutowski

Perry Lopez ... Pvt. Petuko
Tom Troupe ... Cpl. Job

Harry Dean Stanton ... Pvt. Willard (as Dean Stanton)
Dick Balduzzi ... Pvt. Fisher
Gene Collins ... Pvt. Babra

Len Lesser ... Platoon Sgt. Bellamy
David Hurst ... Colonel Dankhopf
Fred Pearlman ... Pvt. Mitchell
Michael Clark ... Pvt. Grace
George Fargo ... Pvt. Penn
Dee Pollock ... Pvt. Jonesey
George Savalas ... 1st Sgt. Mulligan
John G. Heller ... German Lieutenant (as John Heller)

Shepherd Sanders ... Turk
Karl-Otto Alberty ... German Tank Commander (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Ross Elliott ... Booker
Phil Adams ... Third Tank Commander
Hugo De Vernier ... French Mayor
Frank J. Garlotta ... Tanker
Harry Goines ... Supply Sergeant
David Gross ... German Captain
Sandy McPeak ... Second Tank Commander (as Sandy Kevin)
James McHale ... Guest
Robert MacNamara ... Roach (as Robert McNamara)
Read Morgan ... U.S. Lieutenant
Tom Signorelli ... Bonsor
Donald Waugh ... Roamer
Vincent Maracecchi ... Old Man in Town
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Picerni ... M.P. Sergeant (scenes deleted)

John Landis ... Sister Rosa Stigmata (uncredited)

Joe Mantell ... General's Aid (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Soldier #1 (uncredited)

Yves Montand ... German Sturmbannführer (uncredited)
Tony Wheeler ... Gen. Colt's Driver (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... US Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian G. Hutton 
 
Writing credits
Troy Kennedy-Martin (written by) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)

Produced by
Sidney Beckerman .... producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
Irving L. Leonard .... associate producer
Harold Loeb .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Production Design by
John Barry  (as Jonathan Barry)
Aleksandar Milovic (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Veljko Despotovic (uncredited)
Vladislav Lasic (uncredited)
Miodrag Miric (uncredited)
Milan Todorovic (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Mike Ford 
 
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Terry Lens .... production manager
Basil Somner .... in charge of production
Milenko Stankovic .... production manager: Yugoslavia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John C. Chulay .... assistant director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director
Stevan Petrovic .... assistant director: Yugoslavia (as Stevo Petrovic)
Raymond Becket .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Jak King .... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Landis .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Cyril Swern .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Vladimir Stankovic .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects (as Karli Baumgartner)
 
Stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Fraser .... camera coordinator
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Maria Feo .... wardrobe (as Anna Maria Fea)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Strachan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Conte Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Frank Capp .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Buddy Collette .... musician: flute (uncredited)
George Fields .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Larry Muhoberac .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Tom Scott .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexander Gerry .... technical advisor (as Major Alexander A.C. Gerry)
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
George Davis .... production accountant (uncredited)
Dusan Dimitrijevic .... assistant chef: second unit (uncredited)
Lorraine Fennell .... production coordinator (uncredited)
John Landis .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
144 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Stereo (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1970) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:GP (Approved No. 22124) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Director Brian G. Hutton was forced to make a number of cuts to suit the then MGM boss James T. Aubrey.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: speaker: When we first see Oddball's tank, it's on the right-hand side of the tank. In every other shot later on, its on the left side. The dents come and go from the bell of the speaker horn as well.See more »
Quotes:
Major General Colt:Get the hell out of here Bonzer, we got the game on.See more »
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Under-rated wartime caper., 8 September 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

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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