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Kelly's Heroes (War Collection)

Released on 18 April 2005

Featuring: Clint Eastwood, Carroll O'Connor & Don Rickles

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Clint Eastwood's misfit squad is in the Army -- and in the money!
They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks -- a fortune in Nazi-confiscated bullion! Clint Eastwood and Brian Hutton (Where Eagles Dare) team-up once more, for this alternately action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war. Eastwood, North America's #2 box-office star at the time, plays Lt. Kelly, mastermind of a scheme to slip behind enemy lines and steal the loot. Co-stars include a trio on the verge of big-time TV success: Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas and Gavin MacLeod. Plus, Don Rickles plays the expectedly outspoken Crapgame. And in the same year as his starmaking M*A*S*H, Donald Sutherland is Oddball, World War II's only hippie. Dig it!
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 "That's my other dog impression."

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Eastwood's disgraced former officer Kelly leads an oddball group of GIs behind Nazi lines to steal a fortune in gold bullion. Kelly's Heroes are anything but heroic but the movie is one of those unsung heroes of cinema, a superbly crafted film with some awesome dirctorial touches.
Brian G. Hutton, reunited with Eastwood again after Where Eagles Dare, has never been seen as one of the great directors but Heroes really is a lesson in action and suspense. The twenty minute real-time sequence where Kelly and his men silently descend on the village holding the gold is simply breathtaking. This is the time the Tiger tanks guarding the loot have to turn over their engines. Kelly and his men use this time to get into position for the climatic battle. Hutton's use of time and space, plus his lack of dialogue in this set-piece, would be hailed as genius if it were handled by a recognised auteur director. It is so well directed that Speiberg largely adapted the entire sequence for his final battle in Saving Private Ryan.
Not only is the film well directed but it features a cast tapping into the zeitgeist of the period it was made. The film maybe set in the second world war but it has a distinct 60s sensibility about it mostly found in Sutherland's prototype hippy Oddball and his strange tank commune. Juxstaposed with Rickles' hustler Crapgame and his ultra-capitalist doctrine, Heroes lightly touches on the conflict raging in America about their involvement in Vietnam.
Hutton crucially never forgets he is entertaining and follows a classical story arc along the lines of The Odyssey or Jason and the Argonauts quest for the golden fleece. The hero Kelly gathers an eclectic band of unique heroes together and sets off into uncharted territory full of danger. A mine field and machine guns double for Scylla and Charybdis, fighter planes for the Harpies, and the Tiger tanks for the Hydra guarding thier prize.
But any film which features Telly Savallas as a seargent alongside an already great cast is worth five stars alone. The fact that he is in Kelly's Heroes is an added bonus to a wonderful, wonderful film.

 Hey Man, Nobody Said About Locking Horns With Three Tigers!

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This story is set during World War II in post D-Day France. The plot is a simple one, which for the director Brian G Hutton, who also directed "Where Eagles Dare", guarantees the minimum of complexity and the maximum of effect. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) captures a German colonel (David Hurst), who unintentionally tells him where the Germans are hiding $16,000,000 worth of gold bars deep behind enemy lines, guarded by three Tiger Tanks and a company of S.S guards.

Recognising he is unable to take on the Nazi war-machine single-handed, he realises he's compelled to recruit some fellow conspirators, and so he talks to Master Sergeant Big Joe (Telly Savalas), the top sceptical sergeant who initially condemns the plan, but changes his mind when it becomes clear that he cannot prevent his men from going on this private mission. Murphy also seeks help from Staff Sergeant "Crapgame" (Don Rickles), the quarter master hustler who can without difficulty lay his hands on any piece of equipment or weapon; and Sergeant Oddball (Donald Sutherland), the wacky leader of a Sherman-tank squad, whose bizarre life style consists of getting high on drugs, charming women and consuming booze and to say nothing in meditating to wacky music. Oddball, in fact, virtually steals the film in his character role of a crazy woozy tank commander.

If Oddball's behaviour is not enough then he also has tagging along with him,a crew of other outrageous wacky misfits. Platoon Sgt Bellamy of the 42nd Engineers (Len Lesser) is a construction officer who gets conned into going along to build a bridge for the guys, and ends up getting really screwed over by Kelly's outfit. Once the news of the gold is general knowledge, all of the diehards become less interested in winning the war, but rather pursue the idea of relieving the German army of the gold bullion concealed inside a closed French Bank. The deal for all the crew is to divide equal shares with all those participating in the operation.

General Colt (Carroll O'Connor) plays the self esteemed General who sees the advanced movement as nothing more than a group of committed loyal soldiers taking the war by the scruff of the neck and penetrating behind enemy lines.

The movie also features some incredible action scenes. The minefield fiasco is suspenseful and nail biting, and ultimately becomes packed with loads of gunfire and explosions. The final battle, in which the dozen or so heroes manage to eliminate a garrison of Germans in a small French village, is skilfully filmed, with some brilliant cinematography and oodles of first-class special effects. Some major aspects of this sequence were copied in "Saving Private Ryan" highlighting Tiger tanks in the street, a sniper in a bell tower, machine gun fire coming from demolished buildings, the entire general look of these sequences was to some extent copied into "Saving Private Ryan", but then they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery?

The storyline is credible since it stretches, but never pushes over the line of plausibility. The Lalo Schiffrin score is light-hearted fun, and the Mike Curb Congregation's "Burning Bridges" theme is a good choice, fitting perfectly with the theme of the movie.
Kelly's Heroes is a witty, light-hearted WWII adventure, with no hidden messages to convey which many other war films tended to elaborate on. This movie is a timeless classic full of entertainment and originality.

 "It's a mother beautiful bridge and it's gonna be there."

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At least 45% of my character is formed of extracts from this movie. It is the MOST (yes, I shouted that) entertaining two hours you will ever have. Buy it now.

"There ain't two tanks out there; there's about twenty of them"

"Booker! I say Booker!" "Yes sir!" "The old man was just on the line. Says I've broken through an entire front. Why wasn't I told?" "Well I don't know sir." "You're the communications officer ain't you? You're supposed to be able to communicate!"

"You're a good man Mulligan..."

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?!"

"We've been rained on, bombed on, mortared on by Mulligan all the way from the Normandy beach head!"

Oh, stop, stop. This movie became the reference for many subsequent action movies and one of my favourite things is to spot a Kelly's Heroes reference or copy in contemporary films.

You won't regret buying this.

 top class war comedy

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when you pick donald sutherland, clint eastwood and telly savalas all at their prime you are sure to get a top film and this is a top film, Kelly and his team will make you laugh all the through this comedy classic.

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ActorsClint Eastwood, Carroll O'Connor, Don Rickles, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Harry Dean Stanton & Hal Buckley
DirectorBrian Hutton
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench - Dolby Mono ; German - Dolby Mono
SubtitlesEnglish ; French ; Dutch ; French ; German ; Danish ; Swedish
Duration2 hours 17 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.