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Kelly's Heroes (1970)  IMDB   
Genre Comedy/War MPAA PG (Parental Guidance)
Director Brian G. Hutton Rating
Writer Troy Kennedy-Martin Runtime 149 minutes
Producer Sidney Beckerman Type Movie
Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa Format DVD
Studio MGM Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary


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.

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Actor / Character


Clint Eastwood ..... Pvt. Kelly
Telly Savalas ..... Master Sgt. Big Joe
Don Rickles ..... Staff Sgt. Crapgame
Carroll O'Connor ..... Major General Colt
Donald Sutherland ..... Sgt. Oddball, Tank Commander
Gavin MacLeod ..... Moriarty, Tank crewman
Hal Buckley ..... Captain Maitland
Stuart Margolin ..... Pvt. Little Joe
Jeff Morris (I) ..... Pvt. Cowboy
Richard Davalos ..... Pvt. Gutowski
Perry Lopez ..... Pvt. Petuko
Tom Troupe ..... Cpl. Job
Harry Dean Stanton ..... Pvt. Willard
Dick Balduzzi ..... Pvt. Fisher
Gene Collins ..... Pvt. Babra


A strange, memorable, but far from wholly successful mix of black comedy, action, and anti-war commentary, Kelly's Heroes feels nearly as disjointed as its from-all-corners cast would suggest. Director Brian G. Hutton displays a flair for tightly orchestrated action sequences, but elsewhere shows little skill for narrative economy, allowing his story to drag on and on. If this doesn't always help the film, the cast finds ways of turning it into a virtue. Eastwood allows his character to be so cryptic that he threatens to fade into the background, but given plenty of space within which to assert themselves, Don Rickles, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland all turn in memorable performances. Unfortunately they all seem to come from different movies, if not different decades. Sutherland behaves so much like a hippie that his character becomes a huge distraction after a while, a further suggestion that Hutton couldn't quite decide what sort of movie to make. After dwelling with great seriousness on the deaths of two grunts in one scene, he throws in an out-of-nowhere parody of Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns. Still, it's never boring, as if any film with such a puzzling, once-in-a-lifetime cast could be. --- Keith Phipps

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