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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kelly
... Big Joe
... Crapgame
... General Colt
... Oddball
... Moriarty
Hal Buckley ... Maitland
... Little Joe
Jeff Morris ... Cowboy
... Gutowski
... Petuko
Tom Troupe ... Job
... Willard (as Dean Stanton)
Dick Balduzzi ... Fisher
Gene Collins ... Babra
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Storyline

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 <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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They set out to rob a bank... and damn near won a war instead! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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GP | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kelly's Warriors  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yugoslavia was chosen as a location mostly because earnings from previous showings of movies there could not be taken out of the country, but could be used to fund the production. Another reason was that in 1969 it was one of the few nations whose army was still equipped with operating World War II mechanized equipment, both German and American. This simplified logistics tremendously. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly, Big Joe, Oddball, and the German Tank Commander enter through the blown up bank door, the other soldiers pour in from adjoining rooms. The front door was supposedly the only entrance into the bank and one of the reasons for enlisting the help of the German Tank Commander. See more »

Quotes

Oddball: Arf arf arf... That's my other dog impression.
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Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe and music by William Steffe
Heard when the Sherman tanks catch up to the platoon
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A two for one movie
26 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Kelly's Heros brilliantly mixes your average war movie with a bank robbery movie to come up with a plot that's entirely unique.

Equipped with an all-star cast, Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas play the straight guys to the comic antics of Donald Sutherland and Don Rickles. The movie makes no moral judgements about bad guys and good guys and simply shows the characters of both sides a path to redemption in the midst of war. In addition, the theme song, "Burning Bridges" is rendered with a youthful tone by the Mike Curb Congregation, which reminds us that in reality, people not much removed from childhood are the ones sent into battle.

We cheer when they get their just rewards.


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