Published on September 14th, 2007 | by Chris4
Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Some movies simply defy a proper explanation. Kelly's Heroes is just one of those movies.
Really this is a good film. It follows a band of misfit soldiers as they head out on their own in search of a stash of Nazi gold behind enemy lines. Of course with any film like this, getting there is 90% of the fun, and Kelly's Heroes doesn't disappoint.
The adventures (if you want to call them that) they get into range from the normal wartime far (getting stuck in a minefield) to the bizarre (taking out a rail station with the tanks) and even the intense (eliminating the enemy resistance around the bank.)
What's the problem then? Well, if you take a decent World War II action movie, and add a dash of vintage 1960's "flower power" soundtrack from Hell in the Pacific and THX 1138 soundtrack wiz Lalo Schifrin, with a healthy (?) heaping helping of 60's hippie "positive waves, man"... and you get this. The end result is an enigma, albeit a humorous one, there's no denying that.
If you can put aside the cultural transplants, you'll really get a kick out of this one. Clint Eastwood plays Private Kelly in usual gruff, hardcore, textbook Eastwood style, which I suppose makes him the straight man in all this comedy. Telly Savales is there as "Big Joe," in an equally gruff, but still likable role. Then you've got Don Rickles as "Crapgame" the dealing quartermaster, Carroll O'Connor as the damn-funny general Colt, and the equally enigmatic Harry Stanton as Willard.
Of course the real star of the picture is Sgt. Oddball (Donald Sutherland) and his gang of tank driving hippies, including "Moriarity" (Gavin McLeod.) These guys steal the show whole heartedly, even though their presence and actions present the biggest puzzler of the show.
And who can not mention the ever type-cast Karl-Otto Alberty as the German tank commander they coerce into helping them get the gold. (Whoops! Spoiled it!)
If there's a flaw to Kelly's Heroes its the ending. It'd have been nice to see them try to get the gold *out* of the town and out of Europe, but then you're looking at probably another good hour of movie. (What?! No sequel?)
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Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland. A top-flight cast highlights this big-scale story of a WWII American platoon that abducts a German general and accidentally discovers a fortune in gold...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
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- Clint Eastwood
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A fine comedy/war movie with plenty of action and how can ...,
This review is from: Kelly's Heroes (DVD)
Kelly's heroes review. A fine comedy/war movie with plenty of action and how can you not like this movie with all the star line in this film? I always watch this film every memorial day weekend and veterans day. Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas including Donald Sutherland are featured in this film along with other Hollywood film veterans. This a great movie to watch and go get a copy for yourself and it's over 2 hours long and great for a popcorn flick on a lazy Saturday afternoon!
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A fantastic laugh, a classic, definitely good for the soul..,
This review is from: Kelly's Heroes (DVD)This is probably my very favorite film of all times..
I remember this one when I was 16 years old or so, my parents just purchased a video recorder (VCR as it is called in the US), which was at the time a luxury thing in your house - this is the mid-80's.. This is one of the first films we recorded, that we kept on showing to people visiting us: look at this awesome film, this is what you can do with a video..
I saw this film dozens of times, and I can dream the dialogues, the swearing of Big Joe (Telly Savallas), the determined Kelly (Clint Eastwood) who is set to go for the gold, the nutty Oddball - played brilliantly by Donald Sutherland (Jack Bauer's - from 24 hours - dad), the greedy Crapgame (Don Rickles).
It's a story about heroes who go for their own sake regardless, of the 'rules of war', which I can imagine can become pointless anyway when you are out there naked at the front. This is WW-II, obviously for good reasons we were fighting, but I... Read more
The 60's Come to WW II,
This review is from: Kelly's Heroes (DVD)While containing sobering reminders of the costs of war, overall this movie embraces the wistful hopefulness and free-love joy of the time in which it was made. Kelly's Heroes is a war movie of which the most important messages are that anything is possible with enough buddies and friends and, in war, all you really have is those men and those loyalties. Clint Eastwood, in one of his laconic, post-Spaghetti Western best, is the lead actor here, with capable support coming in the form of well-acted character turns from Telly Savalas (Kojak), comedian Don Rickles, and Carroll O'Connor (All In the Family). But the star of this movie, in my humble opinion, is Donald Sutherland, as a tank commander and overall free-spirited adventurer, who steals the movie with irreverence and comedy timing. The plot of the movie is fun and rebellious, a story of an over-used, under-appreciated group of soldiers with a fortune-making opportunity they just can't pass up. All they have to do is... Read more
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Summary: Really this is a good film. It follows a band of misfit soldiers as they head out on their own in search of a stash of Nazi gold behind enemy lines. Of course with any film like this, getting there is 90% of the fun, and Kelly's Heroes doesn't disappoint.