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Kelly's Heroes [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Clint Eastwood , Telly Savalas , Brian G. Hutton    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • 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, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF9L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,382 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Kelly's Heroes is a tongue-in-cheek 1970 variation on The Dirty Dozen. Though it looks less fresh than it did in the year of its release, it still has some enjoyable moments. Clint Eastwood stars along with Donald Sutherland, Harry Dean Stanton, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor and Gavin MacLeod in the story of American soldiers who try to steal gold behind enemy lines in World War II. Sutherland's hippie GI doesn't have the sardonic and timely appeal he did during the Vietnam War, but the film's irreverence and several of the performances are worth a visit. --Tom Keogh,

Product Description

A group of soldiers set out to rob a bank and almost win World War II.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: PG
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hit me with those negative waves! 27 July 2010
If you like serious war films, you might not like KELLY'S HEROES. Some people have remarked how the hell can you have a hippy tank commander in World War 2? Well this is a light-hearted war film that isn't so concerned with such anachronistic details.Clint Eastwood is Kelly, who finds out about a stash of gold bars in a bank behind enemy lines and decides to lead some basically misfit soldiers to perform the "perfect crime" and steal it. Telly Savalas is the reluctant bullish sergeant, Don Rickles the moaning "hustler", and Donald Sutherland is the hippy, aptly named "Oddball". He's so cool as he drives his tanks into battle playing loud music, eating cheese, drinking wine and sunbathing while others work, then trying out his dog impersonations. This film is basically a WW2 remake of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, with Clint Eastwood as a reluctant soldier in a war, trying to get to a fortune in gold. Just in case you missed the connection, there's that Sergio Leone moment where Clint, Telly and Donald face off against a German Tiger tank, complete with all the famous angles and a pastiche of Morricone's music.
Transfer on Blu-ray is very good with a shrp bright picture. The film is 40 years old, but I think it was shot in 70mm, so they've used the best inter-positive print. The sound excells too, the many explosions really rattling around the room. So don't make with the negative waves, man. Just dig what a beautiful film this is and buy it, Baby!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Released in US cinemas in March 1970, "M.A.S.H." had already made both Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould huge stars among the young audiences of the day - so June 1970 saw two more irreverent Second World War movies follow suit - "Catch-22" and the hugely entertaining "Kelly's Heroes" (also starring Sutherland in another scene-stealing role).

The story goes like this - in a retreat from a German advance in France, Lieutenant Kelly (Eastwood) stumbles on a German Officer carrying a briefcase - and on getting him drunk on brandy in a barn during a bombing barrage - he unwittingly tells of a vast shipment of bullion. And better still his papers provide the location of the booty and the military protection allocated to it. Kelly twigs the opportunity immediately - and goes back to camp the next morning to recruit a squad of grubby reprobates to go after the 14,000 crates in a German-occupied town containing millions of dollars worth of gold bars. And on it goes to a standoff with a German Tank officer with squinty eyes who may or may not be as 'gold-struck' as his American counterparts. It's all highly implausible of course, but who cares when you're having this much fun...

As the movie opens to the horribly dated "Burning Bridges" theme song (the rest of Lalo Schifrin's score is excellent), the first 20 minutes are entirely shot at night and a lesser Blu Ray would have fallen down badly at this point (see my reviews for "Ronin" and "2010 - The Year We Make Contact"). But thankfully "Kelly's Heroes" doesn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD WAR II SPOOF. 2 Dec 2013
By Trajan
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Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beakerClint Eastwood heads an all star cast in this highly enjoyable war spoof, lots of laughs and good production values make this a must see. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic "negative" waves :D 23 Nov 2011
By Manos
Not much to say about this classic wwII comedy :). Like all old movies no surprices in picture and sound quality. Erything is HD, no more, no less.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed with the Hi Def 'upgrade' 11 Sep 2011
Short & sweet review, absolute classic film, love it. The only thing that lets this Blu-ray down is the picture. Yes it's an improvement over the DVD, but not as much as it should / could have been. Still worth buying, but only in the sale.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War movie? Comedy? Satire? Take your pick. 31 May 2005
No way this movie can be watched as a pure war movie, the humour, the characters, hell, even the music, everything is so completely off the mark of objectiveness we can only take it as a satirical piece using WWII to comment on modern times (that is, the Vietnam era).
Anyway, using the famed German gold as the object of desire, Clint Eastwood convinces his platoon sergeant, played by Telly Savalas, to go 30 miles deep into enemy lines to get 16 million dollars in solid gold bars... But for that they are going to need more than good will and a few men...
What about some tanks? Enter Donald Sutherland, tank commander, hippie (in the 40's!), and all around crazy, with his squad of Shermans, properly disguised, and carrying several unauthorized "special" weapons.
And support? Enter Don Rickles, con-man, always looking out for a deal, and with a soft spot in his heart, whenever he isn't grumbling about something.
Then there is the rest of the whole Army, from the graves registration office up to the General, including a band! Everyone wants to get in on the act. Even the Germans, once they know what's in that bank, and after a showdown suitable to a western, completely out of place in a war flick...
The whole movie goes around with small jokes and satirical characters, but when it tries to get serious it becomes serious (in one small scene on a mined field).
A parade of gags around a serious theme, well worth seeing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best war films ever made donald sutherland is fantastic
Published 19 days ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars The best WWII comedy ever.
A classic comedy war film (if a war film can be funny, this one succeeds). I shan't spoil the plot but the performances of Eastwood, Savalas and Sutherland in particular are... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent servive
Dispatched and arrived mediately very pleased
Published 1 month ago by abelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - but probably my own fault
This DVD does not work on UK DVD system so we can't watch it and there's no point sending it back because the money spent on postage will probably be the same as I paid for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cassandra Day
5.0 out of 5 stars bad luck
as I have been put down from 18-8100 in place I refuse to fill this in im NOT a secretary
Published 1 month ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Never have enough of this great film it's so good and the theme tune is amazing and very catchy

I will DEFINITELY recommend this
Published 2 months ago by chris prosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film ever!
I loved this film since it came out and saw it in a sale in HMV but before buying it I checked Amazon on my phone and it was cheaper so ordered it and got it a couple of days... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jon Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What can i say, its kelly's heroes and one of the better war film of the seventies. No negative waves dude
Published 2 months ago by loulou
5.0 out of 5 stars a good war film
this I found was a very good dvd, if you like action films this is ideal. very good entertainment at the right price.
Published 2 months ago by E. A. Bills
5.0 out of 5 stars action and funny
Brilliant film with excellent cast pulling off the perfect crime doin it for them selves and a good laugh all the way to how they pull it off almost a second world war oceans... Read more
Published 2 months ago by studley
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