History Film / KellysHeroes

7th Oct '17 4:41:17 PM Bissek
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* LittleHeroBigWar: This film is less a war film and more a bank heist movie set during a war and carried out by soldiers.

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* LittleHeroBigWar: This film is less a war film and more a bank heist movie set during a war and carried out by soldiers. They do end up pushing back the German lines by 30 miles and liberate a French town from the Nazis, but that's sort of an incidental byproduct of the heist rather than something they're doing to help win the war.
1st Jul '17 6:28:44 PM JamesAustin
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->"Woof woof woof! That's my ''other'' dog imitation."
-->--'''Oddball'''

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->"Woof ->''"Woof woof woof! That's my ''other'' dog imitation."
-->--'''Oddball'''
"''
-->-- '''Oddball'''
25th Jun '17 11:08:36 AM nombretomado
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It's about a squad of American soldiers in WorldWarTwo France who learn about a secret stash of [[NaziGold German gold]] in a bank deep behind enemy lines. Unappreciated by their [[TheNeidermeyer clueless, profiteering captain]] and continually denied any chance at decent R&R, they are ripe for the promise of heroic adventure and enthusiastically embark on their new, unauthorized mission. With the help of tank commander Oddball and his squad of misfits, an incompetent artillery officer, a greedy supply officer, a marching band, and a grave digger battalion, they stand to make a fortune.

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It's about a squad of American soldiers in WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII France who learn about a secret stash of [[NaziGold German gold]] in a bank deep behind enemy lines. Unappreciated by their [[TheNeidermeyer clueless, profiteering captain]] and continually denied any chance at decent R&R, they are ripe for the promise of heroic adventure and enthusiastically embark on their new, unauthorized mission. With the help of tank commander Oddball and his squad of misfits, an incompetent artillery officer, a greedy supply officer, a marching band, and a grave digger battalion, they stand to make a fortune.



* TheCaper: Robbing a German-held bank in WorldWarTwo France of 16 million dollars worth of gold.

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* TheCaper: Robbing a German-held bank in WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII France of 16 million dollars worth of gold.



* DuringTheWar: The film is set shortly after the Allied invasion of Europe in WorldWarTwo. Big Joe complains about Mulligan dropping mortars on them "since Normandy".

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* DuringTheWar: The film is set shortly after the Allied invasion of Europe in WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Big Joe complains about Mulligan dropping mortars on them "since Normandy".



* NewAgeRetroHippie: Oddball... in WorldWarTwo; justified that they were classified as "Proto-Beatniks", precursors to the 60's hippies movement.

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* NewAgeRetroHippie: Oddball... in WorldWarTwo; UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; justified that they were classified as "Proto-Beatniks", precursors to the 60's hippies movement.
8th May '17 8:12:39 PM Killerweinerdog
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* PowerWalk: Kelly, Big Joe, and Oddball approaching the German tank, in its pure and classic Western-showdown form, despite taking place in a narrow cobblestone street in a town in France. See also ActorAllusion.

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* PowerWalk: Kelly, Big Joe, and Oddball approaching the German tank, in its pure and classic Western-showdown form, despite taking place in a narrow cobblestone street in a town in France.France, complete with Oddball twitching his hand like he is about to quick-draw. See also ActorAllusion.
7th May '17 7:33:33 AM althesmith
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** The movie begins and ends with "Burning Bridges", a song whose protagonist laments all the wasted chances he had in his youth and regrets his earlier extreme arrogance.

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** The movie begins and ends with "Burning Bridges", a song whose protagonist laments all the wasted chances he had in his youth and regrets his earlier extreme arrogance. Except "Burning Bridges" is very appropriate when you consider that these guys, even if they end up rich, are never going to see their homes again. Deserting an army in wartime tends to carry- penalties.
1st May '17 5:47:35 AM darrenr
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'''Big Joe''': ''*[[OhCrap visibly shock on hearing that]]*'' Tigers? Where did the Tigers come from?!

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'''Big Joe''': ''*[[OhCrap visibly shock shocked on hearing that]]*'' Tigers? Where did the Tigers come from?!
27th Apr '17 6:41:29 PM Madrugada
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* GenreSavvy: When the Tiger tank is parked in front of the bank and they don't have any way to get past it because all the Shermans are out of action, Crapgame is the only one to realize that the solution is not a military one, [[spoiler: it's to cut a deal. He's been hustling and making deals his whole life, and he knows that most people would rather make a bargain instead of pursuing a hopeless course of action that is only going to end in lose-lose. Crapgame ''knows'' human nature. "Make a deal! Maybe the guy's a Republican. Business is business, right?"]]



** How Kelly's American Jeep with three American soldiers and one German colonel get in the middle of a German column in the opening is never really expained.

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** How Kelly's American Jeep with three American soldiers and one German colonel get in the middle of a German column in the opening is never really expained.explained.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: How Kelly's American Jeep with three American soldiers and one German colonel get in the middle of a German column in the opening is never really expained.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: How Kelly's American Whatever happened before the opening shots, to get Kelly, in a Jeep with American markings and three uniformed American soldiers and one German colonel get in into the middle of a German column in the opening is never really expained.opening.



* ThePerfectCrime: The plan to rob the bank is called this by Crapgame. It's not their own side's gold, after all, and if nobody else knows it's there, they can steal it and get away scot free.

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* ThePerfectCrime: The plan to rob the bank is called this by Crapgame. It's not their own side's gold, after all, and if nobody else knows it's there, they can steal it and get away scot free.scot-free.



* PunchClockVillain: Kelly points out the last SS tank crew they can't knock out are simply guarding the aforementioned bank like they were told to, and may not actually know what's ''in'' it. [[spoiler: Turns out the Germans are just as disillusioned with the war as the heroes are, and it doesn't take a whole lot of convincing to get the German tank commander to turn his gun around and blow open the bank's barred doors so he and his men can get in on the action.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Kelly (MilitaryMaverick), Crapgame ([[ProfessionalGambler glorified accountant]]), Oddball ([[NewAgeRetroHippie Proto-Beatnik]] tank commander), Turk (who wears a fez for some reason) etc.

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* PunchClockVillain: Kelly points out that the last SS tank crew they can't knock out are simply guarding the aforementioned bank like they were told to, and may not actually know what's ''in'' it. [[spoiler: Turns out the Germans are just as disillusioned with the war as the heroes are, and it doesn't take a whole lot of convincing to get the German tank commander to turn his gun around and blow open the bank's barred doors so he and his men can get in on the action.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Kelly (MilitaryMaverick), Crapgame ([[ProfessionalGambler glorified accountant]]), ([[TheScrounger a crooked supply Sergeant]]), Oddball ([[NewAgeRetroHippie Proto-Beatnik]] tank commander), Turk (who wears a fez for some reason) etc.



* RealJokeName: Staff Sergeant Crapgame and First Sergeant Mulligan.
** The german Colonel's name, Dankopf, sounds terribly similar to Dummkopf ("idiot" in German).
* [[RedShirtArmy Redshirt Platoon:]] Oddball has three tanks under his command, including his own. The other two are knocked out during the bridge battle towards the end and Oddball does not bat an eyelid.

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* RealJokeName: Staff Sergeant Crapgame and :
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First Sergeant Mulligan.
** The german German Colonel's name, Dankopf, sounds terribly similar to Dummkopf ("idiot" in German).
* [[RedShirtArmy Redshirt Platoon:]] RedShirtArmy: Well, "Redshirt Platoon. Oddball has three tanks under his command, including his own. The other two are knocked out during the bridge battle towards the end and Oddball does not bat an eyelid.



* StatingTheSimpleSolution: When the Tiger tank is parked in front of the bank and they don't have any way to get past it because all the Shermans are out of action, Crapgame is the only one to realize that the solution is not a military one, it's to cut a deal. He's been hustling and making deals his whole life, and he knows that most people would rather make a bargain instead of pursuing a hopeless course of action that is only going to end in lose-lose. Crapgame ''knows'' human nature.
--> '''Crapgame:''' "Make a deal! Maybe the guy's a Republican. Business is business, right?"



** In the opening scene, an American Jeep Willys is waiting in line with multiple German cars and tanks, with a large number of soldiers passing it. True, it can be simply stolen or salvaged by Germans, but still, there are American soldiers inside, including behind the wheel. Even when one German notices something is wrong and tries to stop the Jeep, no one else makes any attempt to stop or shoot at it - and there are literally dozens of German soldiers around, just allowing Kelly to get away.

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** In the opening scene, an American Jeep Willys is waiting in line with multiple German cars and tanks, with a large number of soldiers passing it. True, it can be simply stolen or salvaged by Germans, but still, there are American soldiers inside, including behind the wheel. Even when one German notices something is wrong and tries to stop the Jeep, no one else makes any attempt to stop or shoot at it - and there are literally dozens of German soldiers around, around - just allowing Kelly to get away.
7th Nov '16 1:00:09 PM Fighteer
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Yugoslavia doubled for Nazi-occupied France.



* GeniusBonus: The Operation Tannenbaum mentioned by the captured German officer was a real operation, albeit one that never went into action: it was a German plan to invade Switzerland.
7th Nov '16 12:58:46 PM Fighteer
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* FailedASpotCheck:
** The German infantry and MP in the [[ColdOpen cold opening]] failing to notice the American jeep in which 3 of the 4 occupants were uniformed American soldiers. The MP does eventually see through the [[RefugeInAudacity camouflage in audacity]] kicking off the opening sequence. May be slightly TruthInTelevision as Germans used a lot of captured equipment from everyone they fought. (But not the uniforms!)
** This would appear to be what allows one German to escape the minefield battle.

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* FailedASpotCheck:
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FailedASpotCheck: The German infantry and MP in the [[ColdOpen cold opening]] failing to notice the American jeep in which 3 three of the 4 four occupants were are uniformed American soldiers. The MP does eventually see through the [[RefugeInAudacity camouflage in audacity]] kicking off the opening sequence. May be slightly TruthInTelevision as Germans used a lot of captured equipment from everyone they fought. (But not the uniforms!)\n** This would appear to be what allows one German to escape the minefield battle.



*** Even that is still not correct; aside from a single prototype, Shermans carrying the American 76mm never used the standard M4 turret as shown in the film, but used that of the experimental T23 tank [[http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/US/Medium/M4/M4A2(76)W_HVSS_Germany45.png as shown here.]] (Although the British Firefly used the standard turret)



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In the opening scene, an American Jeep Willys is waiting in line with multiple German cars and tanks, with a large number of soldiers passing it. True, it can be simply stolen or salvaged by Germans, but still, there are American soldiers inside, including behind the wheel. Even when one German notices something is wrong and tries to stop the Jeep, no one else makes any attempt to stop or shoot at it - and there are literally dozens of German soldiers around, just allowing Kelly to get away.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
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In the opening scene, an American Jeep Willys is waiting in line with multiple German cars and tanks, with a large number of soldiers passing it. True, it can be simply stolen or salvaged by Germans, but still, there are American soldiers inside, including behind the wheel. Even when one German notices something is wrong and tries to stop the Jeep, no one else makes any attempt to stop or shoot at it - and there are literally dozens of German soldiers around, just allowing Kelly to get away.
16th Oct '16 5:50:17 PM PanLeopard
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***Even that is still not correct; aside from a single prototype, Shermans carrying the American 76mm never used the standard M4 turret as shown in the film, but used that of the experimental T23 tank [[http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/US/Medium/M4/M4A2(76)W_HVSS_Germany45.png as shown here.]] (Although the British Firefly used the standard turret)
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