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Kelly's Heroes -- They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks - a fortune in Nazi! Action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war.

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Troy Kennedy-Martin (written by)
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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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(43 articles)
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A war movie buff's guilty pleasure. See more (172 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Kelly

Telly Savalas ... Big Joe

Don Rickles ... Crapgame

Carroll O'Connor ... General Colt

Donald Sutherland ... Oddball

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

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

Perry Lopez ... Petuko
Tom Troupe ... Job

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

Len Lesser ... Bellamy
David Hurst ... Colonel Dankhopf
Fred Pearlman ... Mitchell
Michael Clark ... Grace
George Fargo ... Penn
Dee Pollock ... Jonesey
George Savalas ... 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)

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  (as 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
Michael Profit .... location unit manager (uncredited)
 
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)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser (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 .... second unit cameraman
 
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 adviser (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
144 min
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Color:
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 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1970) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1994) | USA:GP (MPAA rating: certificate #22124) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The blue "crosshair" shoulder patch indicates Kelly and his men are from the 35th Infantry Division. It's a National Guard Division, comprised of Guardsmen from Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the soldiers are leaving the mine field, one is carrying a .30 Cal machine gun on his shoulder. The end of the barrel is smooth and has a very small hole, indicating it is a Blank Firing Adaptor, used to fire blank rounds. A minute later, Don Rickles exits the mine field, also carrying a .30 Cal. The barrel bushing in this case has a much larger hole and a vertical slot used for disassembling the weapon. This would be the correct bushing for firing live ammo.See more »
Quotes:
Crapgame:[Crapgame finds a mine in the minefield] Hey! I found one!
Big Joe:What kind is it?
Crapgame:The kind that blows up! How the Hell do I know what kind it is?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in We Are Marshall (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Si Tu Me DisSee more »

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60 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
A war movie buff's guilty pleasure., 9 August 2004
Author: k_rkeplar from Mississippi River Bottoms Southern Illinois

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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