Kellys Heroes Movie Review (1970) – An Outstanding War Film

Are you ready for the Kellys Heroes movie review? I love a good war film but the one I’m reviewing here is one of my all-time favourites. I’ve lost count the amount of times I have seen this movie and I never get bored of seeing it!

  • Kellys Heroes (1970)
  • Genre: War/Action Film
  • Directed By Brian G. Hutton
  • Music By Lalo Schifrin
  • Starring Clint Eastwood ; Telly Savalas ; Donald Sutherland ; Don Rickles ; Carol O’Connor
Kellys Heroes movie review


Kelly’s Heroes is set during World War II. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) discovers whilst questioning a captured German officer the whereabouts of a secret German stash of gold bars.  The only problem being it’s behind enemy lines!!!

Kelly needs to assemble a team in order to reach the bank.  He wants Big Joe (Telly Savalas) to lead the mission but he is far from  keen on the idea.  So with everything planned they set off in search of the gold bars deep behind enemy lines.

Now I won’t spoil it by giving too much away for those who have yet to see this classic war movie, but as you can probably guess not anything goes exactly to plan.  Otherwise there won’t be much point in watching the film right?

Conclusion: Kellys Heroes Movie Review

the question is why is this such a GREAT film?  Well for starters it has a great cast, everyone puts in great performances, it’s very funny, the soundtrack and the score from Lalo Schfrin is brilliant.  You will have the “Burning Bridges” song in your head for weeks!!!

There is great scene towards the end of the film which gives a nod to Eastwoods “Spaghetti Westerns”   It’s one of those rare films where they got everything right, there are so many great characters such as Oddball (Donald Sutherland) who is completely nuts.

Then there’s Crapgame (Don Rickles) who’s always on the look out for deal to be done, hence his participation in the field instead of behind his desk.  Then we have Babra (Gene Collins) who’s name creates plenty of jokes, other characters include Cowboy (Jeff Morris).  But I have to mention the really funny General Colt (Carrol O’Connor) who’s portrayal of a over enthusiastic American general is quite frankly brilliant.

Oh and lets not forget to give credit to Brian G Hutton who directed this masterpiece.

If you have somehow missed seeing this classic film I recommend you make time in your schedule and see what others have been enjoying for many years.

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Final Thought: Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

That concludes my Kellys Heroes movie review. Is is it one of your favourite war movies?  It has a great cast what did you think of their chemistry?

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Summary: Kelly's Heroes (1970) Movie Review
kellys heroes movie review

Movie title: Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Director(s): Brian G. Hutton

Actor(s): Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland

Genre: War, Action

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A fabulous cast, outstanding story and plenty of action and humour. Simply outstanding!!!