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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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Release Date:
23 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Never have so few taken so many for so much. See more »
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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  (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)
Zvonko Jovcic ... German M.P. (uncredited)

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
Stanislava Zaric .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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)
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)
John Larroquette .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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144 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Stereo (35 mm prints)
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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Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland would share the screen one more time in Space Cowboys (2000).See more »
Anachronisms: When Crapgame is talking on the phone with Hogan, a box of Almond Joy is sitting on a shelf in the background. Almond Joy wasn't introduced until 1946.See more »
Pvt. Willard:Big Joe, do I gotta carry all this equipment, and this satchel charge, and this .30-caliber machine gun too?
Big Joe:Nah, give the .30-caliber to the hustler. He wants to be a hero.
[Willard and Cowboy share a chuckle before Willard brings the machine gun to Crapgame]
Pvt. Willard:Here ya are, ol' buddy.
[walks away laughing]
Crapgame:Thanks! Get yourself a bucket of grits!
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39 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Great WW2 Buddy Pic, 5 July 2003
Author: SgtSlaughter from St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

Utterly hilarious World War II adventure picture, with some great acting by all of the leads, fine action sequences and superb scenery.

Kelly (Clint Eastwood) captures a German colonel (David Hurst), who inadvertently tells him where the Germans are hiding $16,000,000 worth of gold bars. Kelly enlists the aid of his platoon to trek behind the German lines and steal the cash.

The movie features a top-notch cast of veterans and would-be stars. Eastwood (THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY) has a quiet, serious role and floats through the entire picture. Telly Savalas (PANCHO VILLA) makes a great counterpart as the loud, short-tempered and cynical platoon sergeant. Donald Sutherland (THE EAGLE HAS LANDED) steals the show, though, in a very offbeat role as a hippie-style tank commander. He delivers some utterly 60s dialog with great style and is uproarious. Don Rickles is funny, too, in a smaller role as Crapgame - a rear-echelon supply clerk who goes along on the trek for a profit and gets more than he bargains for. Carroll O'Connor (THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE) has an un-necessary but zany role as General Colt, a blustering officer who can't understand why his red-blooded American soldiers aren't cutting through the German army. The role is obviously a knockoff of George C. Scott in PATTON, and O'Connor does an excellent job.

The supporting cast is fine, too, though not many make much of an impact. Jeff Morris is a hoot as Cowboy, a transplanted Texas hick, with Harry Dean Stanton in support as his sidekick; Stuart Margolin is a jittery radio operator; Len Lesser is a construction officer who gets conned into going along to build a bridge for the guys, and ends getting really screwed over by Kelly's boys; Hal Buckley is the platoon commander who only cares about getting his yacht to Paris; Gene Collins is the baby-faced youngster. David Hurst is lovable as the dim-witted German colonel, and it's really a shame he gets killed - especially by one of his own tanks. Karl Otto Alberty (THE GREAT ESCAPE) has a nice, small role near the end as a Tiger tank commander, and there's an anti-war spin when Kelly and crew let him escape unscathed. Watch for John G. Heller (OPERATION CROSSBOW) as the German patrol leader during the minefield scene.

The movie also features some terrific action scenes. The minefield debacle is suspenseful and nail-biting, and eventually filled with tons of gunfire and neat explosions. The final battle, in which the dozen or so heroes manage to wipe out a garrison of Germans in a small French village is expertly filmed, with some great camerawork and lots of good, convincing special effects. Some major aspects of this sequence were ripped off in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - Tiger tanks in the street, a sniper in a bell tower, machine gunners firing from bombed-out buildings - the whole general look of the sequence was completely conned.

The Lalo Schiffrin score is light-hearted fun, and Mike Curb Congregation's "Burning Bridges" theme is a good song but doesn't at all fit the theme of the movie. The film was shot in Yugoslavia to take advantage of lower production costs. It actually looks a lot like central France, with plenty of hedgerows, bombed out buildings and such - nothing like the mountains and rivers of THE BATTLE OF NERETVA.

I saw this movie on Turner Classic Movies, appropriately letterboxed at about 2.35:1 with hardly a flaw in the print. Colors are accurate and the image is pretty sharp. TNT used to play an awful, orange-looking print of the movie (with the dialog edited to pieces, also) The audio is fine and sounds clear and loud, but the gunfire and explosions lack intensity. The film is also available on DVD.

KELLY'S HEROES is a witty, lighthearted WWII adventure which I don't think any fan can miss. If you need to sit back and watch American GIs kick German butt for 2 and a half hours for a goal as lofty as pure, all-American greed then this is your flick.

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