The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Kelly’s Heroes (MGM, 1970)
Thursday, October 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Kelly’s Heroes (MGM, 1970)
Clint Eastwood stars as the title character in this anti-war comedy/bank-job caper directed by Brian G. Hutton. Kelly is the leader of a platoon of restless GIs in the chaos of post D-Day France. When he captures a German officer who tips him off about a cache of 14,000 Nazi gold bars stored in a bank vault 30 miles away, Kelly enlists the help of Quartermaster “Crapgame” (Don Rickles), Sergeant “Big Joe” (Telly Savalas) and Sherman tank driver “Oddball” (Donald Sutherland) to help him sneak behind enemy lines and retrieve the booty. Much of the film was shot in Yugoslavia, one of the few nations at the time whose army was still equipped with functioning World War II mechanized equipment. The screenplay was loosely based on an entry in the “Guinness World Records”: “The greatest robbery on record was of the German National Gold Reserves in Bavaria by a combine of US military personnel and German civilians in 1945.” Rated GP: All ages admitted – Parental guidance suggested. 35mm archival film print. 144 min.
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