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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

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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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Brian G. Hutton

Writer:

Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Kelly
Telly Savalas ... Big Joe
Don Rickles ... Crapgame
Carroll O'Connor ... General Colt
Donald Sutherland ... Oddball
Gavin MacLeod ... Moriarty
Hal Buckley Hal Buckley ... Maitland
Stuart Margolin ... Little Joe
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Cowboy
Richard Davalos ... Gutowski
Perry Lopez ... Petuko
Tom Troupe ... Job
Harry Dean Stanton ... Willard (as Dean Stanton)
Dick Balduzzi ... Fisher
Gene Collins Gene Collins ... Babra
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Storyline

During World War II, German Colonel Dankhopf (David Hurst) is captured by the Americans, but before he can be interrogated, an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Lieutenant Kelly (Clint Eastwood) manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk, and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship sixteen million dollars 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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

23 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warriors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,200,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Valued at sixteen million dollars, fourteen thousand gold bars equals about one thousand one hundred forty-three dollars per bar. At the then-current price of thirty-five dollars per troy ounce, the bars would have had to weigh only 32.6 ounces each, probably a gross understatement, even though the bars are clearly much smaller than the standard "Fort Knox" size. However, even assuming the weight is correct, fourteen thousand bars would weigh almost sixteen tons (not counting boxes, men, and equipment), well beyond the capacity of the truck they were using. Then again, fourteen thousand bars, at only twelve to a box, would require over one thousand one hundred boxes, seemingly a lot more than is in the pile. So maybe German Colonel Dankhopf (David Hurst) was wrong. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Oddball attacks the train station, a line of soldiers are seen running past the camera on a walkway above the railroad tracks. The first soldier in that line can very clearly be seen looking directly into the camera lens. See more »

Quotes

Crapgame: Fourteen thousand bars? Ha, ha! Fourteen thousand! Hey, sweetheart, have yourself a bottle of booze, you're beautiful.
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Alternate Versions

An older video release has a very quick scene involving Germans trying to jump over a truck (after the group crosses the minefield). This scene isn't in the 1999 video; however, a scene with one of the American machine gun crews right after the deleted scene is inserted. See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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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Great Anti-establishment/caper film
15 December 2002 | by garabaldi12See all my reviews

Kelly's Heroes is an exciting World War 2 capers film. The cast led by Eastwood, Sutherland, Rickles and Sevalas create a group of likable, if slightly unorthodox, WW2 GI's who set out to secretly steal 16 million dollars worth of Nazi gold held in a French bank behind enemy lines. The WW2 setting hides the fact that this film is really more of a caper/adventure film than anything else. The film succeedes in captivating and thrilling the audience with it action,while humoring it with its tongue and cheek and irreverent style. In this way the Kelly's Heroes shares much in common with films like Ocean's 11. To its credit, while Kelly's Heroes is anti-establishment,it is not some shallow, preachy anti-war film so typical of later films of the 70's and 80's. While it shares some traits of anti-war films(incompetent leadership and wasteful tactics) it doesn't ever really take an over moralizing "war is hell" stance. Indeed, while the "heroes" do rebel against the "establishment"(their officers) ,their rebellion is motivated by plunder and personal profit, not because they feel war is morally wrong or unjustified. Likewise while Sutherland's Oddball has many hippie traits as has been pointed out, his tactical skill as a tanker and willingness to kill for profit are hardly "hippie" in nature. While the anti-establishment stance of the film is indeed motivated by the time in which it was made(1970), the film could have just as easily been set in any place or time period, with or without a war as a background. The setting of the film in world war 2 however helps the audience immediately elicit sympathy with the main characters(American soldiers), despite the illegal/unauthorized action which they undertake and the neccesarily violent methods which they use to accomplish their task(killing Nazis). Despite this the film's portrayal of world war 2 tactics and equipment are excellent,and gives the film a sense of realism,excitement and seriousness that it wouldn't otherwise have. All in all, Kelly's Heroes one of my favorite heist films and one of the better looks at the irreverent and rebellious side of soldiers in war.


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