Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

kellysheroes66For a whole generation of adolescents, Kelly’s Heroes was the perfect movie: a heist comedy set during World War II with lots of action, jokes and very loud explosions.

It’s nominally a vehicle for Clint Eastwood, intended to repeat the success of the same director’s Where Eagles Dare (1968), but he walks through looking slightly confused and the film is stolen by the comic supporting cast of Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and particularly Donald Sutherland.

Sutherland plays ‘Oddball’, an anachronistic hippie sergeant who is permanently spaced-out and gets the best lines, most of them about his precious “waves”.

kellysheroes1970Unfortunately, the shoot in Yugoslavia was no joke and Sutherland nearly died of meningitis.

Kelly
Clint Eastwood
Big Joe
Telly Savalas
Crapgame
Don Rickles
General Colt
Carroll O'Connor
Oddball
Donald Sutherland
Maitland
Hal Buckley
Colonel Dankhopf
David Hurst
Moriarty
Gavin Macleod
Booker
Ross Elliott
Bellamy
Len Lesser
Gutowski
Richard Davalos
Little Joe
Stuart Margolin
Petchuko
Perry Lopez
Jonesy
Dee Pollock
Grace
Michael Clark
Babra
Gene Collins
Cowboy
Jeff Morris
Job
Tom Troupe
Willard
Harry Dean Stanton
Fisher
Dick Balduzzi
Mitchell
Fred Pearlman
Penn
George Fargo
Mulligan
George Savalas
Turk
Shepherd Sanders

Director
Brian G Hutton