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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Clint Eastwood , Telly Savalas , Brian G. Hutton  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Brian G. Hutton
  • Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
  • Producers: Gabriel Katzka, Harold Loeb, Irving L. Leonard, Sidney Beckerman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF9L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kelly's Heroes" on IMDb

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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. 1970/color/145 min/PG/widescreen.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off-beat WW2 classic with all-star cast! April 27, 2004
By Dave
Format:DVD
This is definitely one of the funniest war movies of all time! Donald Sutherland, who plays a hippie(!) tank commander, seems out of place in a WW2 setting. However, he had me laughing the whole way through! I can't imagine what this film would be like without his hysterical performance. One of my favorite scenes is when Sutherland's three Sherman tanks attack a Nazi railroad station while playing Hank Williams' music on a loud speaker! I realize that this "WW2 movie" has a definite 70's feel to it (especially with one of the hit songs of the decade, Burning Bridges), & some don't like this movie for that reason. I can't help but have fun everytime I see this! The tanks, even the German ones, look much more authentic than those in Patton or The Battle of the Bulge. This is a real treat for WW2 tank buffs like me who appreciate authenticity. I know the plot is hokey, but who cares? If you want to see a war movie that isn't depressing (like most) or boring then this is for you!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Exciting, humourous and well paced WWII action film sees Clint Eastwood and Co. looking to liberate $16 million worth of gold bullion from the retreating Nazi forces in Europe !
Director Brian G. Hutton (who directed Clint in the WWII thriller "Where Eagles Dare") is at the helm of this movie and again demonstrates his passion for fiery, loud battle scenes !!
Eastwood plays Kelly...just another war weary soldier slogging through the muddy battlefields of France until he comes across a German colonel and top secret information about a bank full of plundered Nazi bullion...now all he needs is a skilled team to carry out this most audacious of bank heists in the middle of a war ! Kelly enlists the assistance of tank commanding flower child "Oddball", (Donald Sutherland in an unforgettable performance ) fast talking hustler "Crap Game" ( I don't think Don Rickles was acting ! ), battle hardened sergeant "Big Joe" ( Telly Savalas )....along with a motley crew of troops including Harry Dean Stanton as "Willard" and Jeff Morris as "Cowboy".
I know some reviewers tend to be a bit critical of some of the humourous aspects of this movie....but what the heck...it's not trying to be "All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Paths of Glory"...the movie is a fictional tale about an elaborate bank heist thrown in amongst a very noisy war, and peopled with some larger than life colorful characters. "Kelly's Heroes" is an enjoyable little cult film and is a fun way to spend a lazy evening watching a "Boys Own" action adventure.
Great to finally have "Kellys Heroes" out on DVD (although a few extra goodies would have been nice)....picture and sound quality is very good...and I always enjoy "The Mike Curb Congregation" singing "Burning Bridges" (the film's theme track)......
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best transfers I've seen on DVD October 1, 2000
Format:DVD
Anyone that has ever seen this movie knows it's a great movie. However, for those that haven't here are the highlights. If you liked "Three Kings" you should LOVE Kelley's Heroes. Three Kings was a reasonably good modern day copy of Kelley's Heroes, but as in most cases, comes up well short of the original. Kelly (Clint Eastwood), a cashiered lieutenant, discovers that the Germans (this is WWII) have hidden about 16 million in gold in a small town in France. With the help of an unlikely cast (Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Telley Savalas, and Gavin Macleod), he decides to try to take it away from the Germans. The rest is, by and large, pretty predictable if you haven't seen the movie, but also surprisingly fresh with more laughs then you could reasonably expect of a movie dealing with WWII. In my opinion at least, one of the best casted movies ever made. Carroll O'Connor (aka Archie Buncker) is hilarious. I've probably seen this movie a few dozen times, and was looking forward to the DVD simply to add it to my collection, but found the digital transfer to be exceptional. Everything from the picture to the sound is much enhanced over the old analog version.
This movie is a MUST for any DVD collector, especially if they're a Clint Eastwood fan.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame, Shame, Shame September 2, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well, I'd really like to joint the chorus of accolades for this version but sadly I can't, not until the folks at Warner Home Video feel inclined to include two missing scenes.

The scenes in question are not that big a deal story wise but why have them in the VHS version, but not in the DVD. I mean that's the reason we all wait for DVD versions of our favorite movies.. right!?

The scenes are as follows, when Oddball's tank and crew members show up at the bridge they need to cross in order to help Kelly and his men, they look out on it feeling happy that it's still there,but the very next second an Allied plane flys by and bombs it out of commission. The next scene missing is where Oddball contacts Len Lesser's character and his bridging group to help repair the aforementioned bridge.A classic line includes Lesser's line "That job will take at least a hundred guys to get it done, where am i going to find a hundred guys just sitting around doing nothin'?."

It's a shame that these two small scenes, are missing especially when part of the Lesser scene is included in the final credits!.

Anyway,if these two missing parts are un-important to to you, then by all means pick the DVD up, if they ARE important to you as they are to me, then join me in a loud chorus of BOOOs instead!.

Sorry about the "negative waves"

Mr Movie guy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's "Heroes"?
Great transfer with excellent resolution and good sound. The story, well, not so much, but then 1970 was not a time of great support for military endeavors.
Published 5 days ago by Twitch
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie
I've always loved this movie! From the music, cast to the plot! It's right up there with "The Sting"! An all-time fave
Published 14 days ago by Teddy Al-Ashari
4.0 out of 5 stars An old classic
A late sixties classic with a young Clint Eastwood and list of up and coming stars. Donald sutherland is great but he over did the hippie roll a bit. Read more
Published 15 days ago by fD
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly Heros
Great movie, with great actors. A movie with comedy and action, worth watching when you having nothing else to do.
Published 19 days ago by Ronald S. Ferrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and good ride throughout!
Classic stuff here! A heroic anti-hero war movie with an absurd but just barely believable premise. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Madoc Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars good old clint movie
Clint, Telly, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles= 5***** I have watched this movie a bajillion times and no doubt I will again
Published 20 days ago by old nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* for 5*s
Eastwood, Rickles, Savales, O'Connor and Sutherland. As the Amazon review says, Sutherland play WWIIs only hippie.

Rickles humor is often too much for me. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Fun to watch and really get a feel of some good acting. Funny- quick paced- never a dull moment. Sarcastic, high, strong, and complete.
Published 22 days ago by Corty
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different War Movie
Great cast and worth watching simply for that. Some humor interspersed with the horrors of war coupled with a different reason for fighting.
Published 23 days ago by P. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars light ww2 story
Lighthearted, with several memorable characters. Some of the more serious moments felt a bit in conflict with the rest of the tone, but still hangs together well.
Published 1 month ago by M. Roberts
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