Kelly's Heroes
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Like M*A*S*H and Catch-22, both released the same year, this military comedy takes place in an earlier war but is really a thinly disguised treatise on the modern-day insanity and avariciousness then unfolding in Vietnam. Clint Eastwood stars as Kelly, a former lieutenant whose illusions about the glory of war, if he has any, are lost when he is busted in rank for following some poorly considered orders in World War II France. After capturing a friendly German officer, Kelly learns the whereabouts of millions of dollars in gold bars, earmarked to finance a military payroll. Taking advantage of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An attempt to blend the war epic and the caper film that doesn't quite come off."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The action is flashy and intermittent, deliberately wallowing in a mire of revisionist grot, churned up vistas of European mud. Time has made it more intuitive and caustic a film, than its daft reputation might suggest."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"...the filmmakers clearly intended the movie to be a carefree caper, and if one views it that way, it can pass an entertaining few hours."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It was too crudely done to have much effect as satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Very entertaining war movie with just the right touch of Vietnam-era cynicism"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Nearly satirical in its overall effect, plot caroms between cliche dogface antics, detailed and gratuitous violence, caper melodramatics, and outrageous anachronism."
‑ , Variety
"A terrific guys-on-a-mission movie."
‑ , Film4
"A strange but mostly satisfying hybrid of WWII actioner and anti-war satire... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Funny and entertaining"
‑ Tony Medley,
"One of the best WWII films ever made."
‑ KJB, IGN Movies
"Interesting only in so far as it reveals Eastwood's nonchalant attitude to the blockbuster."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This humorous, lively, and entertaining picture could be described as a caper film set against a WW II backdrop."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Much fun amongst WWII w/Eastwood, Savalas, Sutherland, and Rickles."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Isn't really about the Second World War, but rather about the senselessness of the Vietnam War . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"The bastard father of Three Kings"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
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