For 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”.
Unfortunately, the shoot in Yugoslavia was no joke and Sutherland nearly died of meningitis.
Harry Dean Stanton
Brian G Hutton