5 "That's my other dog impression."farnzy | 31/03/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer 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.