For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Anti-Hero Films, here’s a review of Kelly’s Heroes (1970) by me
Thanks again to Dell of Dell on Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Tony of Coog’s Reviews and it is Political Thrillers.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tony!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“Look, we’re not worried about the German Army. We got enough troubles of our own. To the right, General Patton. To the left, the British Army. To the rear our own goddamn artillery. And besides all that, it’s raining. And the only good thing about the weather is that it keeps our Air Corps from blowing us to hell, because it’s too lousy to fly! Verstehen?” – Big Joe
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Video, DVD, 27 May 2013 and 29 May 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A company of Allied soldiers decide to rob a bankload of Gold being held by the Germans as they move forward during the Allied offensive during 1944.
My Take on it – When Dell chose the theme of anti-heroes for this month’s GG, I had a big problem.
There were too many choices of such great examples and I knew that I still needed to limit myself, so I ended up choosing 5 diverse choices in different kinds of films in order to help emphasize how important such roles are because anti-heroes aren’t always the easiest to spot.
First up, is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it as a kid when one of my older brothers and his friends introduced me to some really fun and great films from the 70’s.
This is such an enjoyable film despite the fact that it seems a bit unrealistic overall.
This company of men are perfect examples of anti-heroes because despite the fact that they are fighting for the freedom of the world in Europe during World War II they choose to deviate from their usual objectives in order to try and liberate $16 Million worth of gold.
Their sole motivation is greed and they have no altruistic motives what so ever.
The cast is superb with Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles and Telly Savalas leading these men on their mission of greed.
They help keep thing so entertaining along the way both via action scenes and humorous ones.
This isn’t necessarily the kind of actions one would expect from soldiers, but it is done so enjoyably the entire way through.
I love the theme song Burning Bridges which works so well within the theme of the film.
Check it out here:
Bottom Line – Such a fun film that works so well. The characters all decide that despite the fact that they are fighting for freedom, they are willing to deviate in order to steal the gold. Amazing cast led by Eastwood, Sutherland, Rickles and Savalas help keep things entertaining both actionwise and comedically along the way. Not the type of action expected from soldiers during a campaign to liberate Europe yet it still is done so enjoyably. Great theme song. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It was during shooting in Yugoslavia in 1969 that Donald Sutherland received word, via co-star Clint Eastwood, that his then-wife Shirley Douglas was arrested for trying to buy hand grenades for the Black Panthers with a personal check from an undercover FBI agent. Sutherland recounts this story often, mentioning that when Eastwood got to the part about the personal check he laughed so hard that he fell to his knees, and Sutherland had to help him up. Eastwood then put his arm around Sutherland and walked him down the hill that overlooked the Yugoslav countryside, assuring his friend his complete support of his predicament. Sutherland and Douglas, who are the parents of Kiefer Sutherland and twin sister Rachel Sutherland, divorced in 1970. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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