Men On A Mission Film Theater: Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Technicolor Dreams

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Bringing our Men On A Mission films full circle, KELLY’S HEROES is a comedic counterpoint to WHERE EAGLES DARE, as both feature Clint Eastwood and were directed by Brian G. Hutton. Two more stars of THE DIRTY DOZEN also appear here, Telly Savalas as a barking Sergeant instead of a mad rapist, and Donald Sutherland as the infamous first hippie of World War Deuce. To round out the jaunty action-adventure, throw in Don Rickles, Carrol O’Connor, with able guest support from Stuart Margolin, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton (even John Landis is in there as a nun and doing stunts — this Euro-trip led to him writing AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON). All this in 70mm Panavision Stereophonic Sound. The simple story deals with military rebel Private Kelly (Eastwood) discovering a 16 million dollar cache of German gold heavily guarded in an occupied French town. He convinces a platoon of…

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