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-> Woof woof woof! That's my ''other'' dog imitation.
--> -- '''Oddball'''

''Kelly's Heroes'' is a 1970 comedy/war movie made by MGM. It stars Creator/ClintEastwood, Telly Savalas, Creator/DonRickles, Creator/DonaldSutherland, and Carroll O'Connor. 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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!!This film provides examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Big Joe always calls Babra "Barbara," much to his annoyance.
* ActionPrologue: The movie starts with Kelly's kidnapping a German colonel and getting shelled [[FriendOrFoe by their own mortar squad]].
* ActorAllusion: [[Creator/ClintEastwood Kelly]] and his squad mates [[spoiler:face off against a Tiger tank]] with SpaghettiWestern music in the background.
* AFatherToHisMen: Despite Big Joe's anger, the first thing on his mind when Kelly brings in Colonel Dankhopf is where the best hotels and women are for his men.
-->'''Big Joe:''' You gotta think of us as tourists. I don't want any military information, I just wanna know the best hotel, okay?
* AllGermansAreNazis: Averted; the word "Nazi" is never spoken once. The Germans are just called "Germans", or sometimes "Krauts". The German tank commander starts a Nazi salute (presumably out of habit, not out of conviction) but stops himself after getting a stern look from Kelly.
* AnswerCut: [[spoiler:Kelly asks the German tank commander if he'll blow open the bank doors for him. Cut to a shut of said doors... whereupon they're promptly blown to bits by the Tiger tank.]]
* ArmchairMilitary: General Colt thinks the reason things aren't going as well as they could be is because of a lack of FightingSpirit. It turns out that he's [[RightForTheWrongReasons right, but it's due to his own lack of leadership]].
* AttackItsWeakPoint: According to Oddball, poink blank and from behind is the only way to takeout a Tiger with a Sherman's main gun.
* BigApplesauce: Crapgame is a stereotypical Brooklyn hustler.
-->'''Oddball:''' To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some kind of weird sandwich, not some nut who goes up against three Tigers!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Oddball, for all his [[CloudCuckoolander myriad of quirks]], is a highly skilled tanker and extremely resourceful.
* ButtMonkey: Mulligan can never keep the shells straight, and gets zero respect from anyone.
* TheCaper: Robbing a German-held bank in WorldWarTwo France of 16 million dollars worth of gold.
* ChekhovsGun: The paint shells that Oddball's tank carries show up again at an inopportune moment: ambushing a Tiger tank. Fortunately, the Tiger is unable to retaliate before they can load a live round.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Oddball is a proto-Beatnik, with a "hey, man", "positive vibes" attitude that is jarringly out of place in a war zone.
** General Colt attends staff meetings in his bathrobe, blames his subordinates for his own failings, cheers at the battle reports on the radio like he's listening to a sports event, and runs off to the front lines in a Jeep with a box of medals in hand, leaving his command staff behind.
* CommanderContrarian: Moriarty is a determined naysayer to contrast Oddball's cheerfulness. He gets in his digs when Oddball's "positive thinking" fails to deliver results.
-->'''Oddball:''' "Why can't you be righteous and hopeful for a change?"\\
'''Moriarty:''' "Crap."\\
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'''Moriarty:''' "Look, Oddball, I can't fix it without the parts no matter how positive I think!"
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Moriarty constantly snarks at Oddball; see CommanderContrarian.
** Big Joe is abrasive and sarcastic in DrillSergeantNasty fashion, but gets in a few deadpan lines when confronted with his commanding officer's gross incompetence.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "That nut has gotta be nuts."
* DissonantSerenity: Oddball takes everything in stride, even when talking on a phone in hostile territory, or having a picnic when his tank breaks down.
--> '''Bellamy''': We haven't even captured that place already!\\
'''Oddball''': Yeah, so I heard, but everybody here seems real friendly.
* DoubleTake:
** Crapgame has a delayed double-take when he realizes he misplaced a decimal when calculating the value of the gold.
** When Oddball is talking to Bellamy, it takes him a few tries to realize what Oddball is getting at.
--> "...I need ''support units'', Oddball! I need at least a hundred guys!" ''Bellamy gestures toward a window for emphasis. Though the window a full military band can be seen playing.'' "Where do I find a hundred men, just like that?" (DoubleTake)
** The German MP at the beginning does one upon passing Kelly's Jeep the second time.
* TheDreaded: Kelly is the only one in this movie who isn't scared shitless of Tiger tanks. Telling Kelly how stupid it is to attack Tigers with Shermans is Oddball's only truly serious moment.
* 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".
* 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.
** This would appear to be what allows one German to escape the minefield battle.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Kelly is rallying the platoon for the heist, Job says, "If I've got to go, it may as well be this trip as any other." [[spoiler:Later, he's one of the three who get killed in the minefield.]]
* FriendOrFoe:
** In the first scene, the platoon is getting shelled by their own mortar squad, thanks to incompetence on the part of its commander.
** German officer Colonel Dankopf is shot by a German tank.
** When the team is behind German lines, an Allied plane shoots at them, mistaking them for the enemy.
* GentlemenRankers: Kelly used to be a lieutenant, but was scapegoated and broken down to private after half his platoon was wiped out due to incorrect orders from his superiors.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Steal 16 million dollars worth of gold and desert.
* GayParee: Averted. While the movie takes place in France, nobody goes to Paris, and in fact, meet no French, until the very end. The closest we get to Paris is Captain Maitland coming back from there with his arms piled high with packages.
* HollywoodDensity: Near the end, boxes filled with gold bars are tossed around as though they were empty, even though they would actually weigh several hundred pounds. For more see [[Headscratchers/KellysHeroes here]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cowboy and Willard.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Captain Maitland sternly informs Big Joe that there is to be no looting -- while he's stealing a yacht.
* IdiotBall: Germans, for not posting anyone in the church tower.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Watch the general's right hand as he's berating his officers.
* InMediasRes: The film opens toward the end of a losing battle.
* InVinoVeritas: Kelly uses a bottle of brandy to interrogate Colonel Dankopf, getting him too drunk to be capable of lying.
* TheKlutz: Mulligan, please learn to tell the shells apart so you don't drop mortar barrages on your friends.
* LandMineGoesClick: During the minefield scene, an audible click is heard when Crapgame locates one with his bayonet.
-->'''Crapgame:''' "Hey, hey, HEY! I found one!"\\
'''Big Joe:''' [sarcastically] "What kind is it?'\\
'''Crapgame:''' "The kind that blows up! How the hell do I know what kind it is?"
* {{Leitmotif}}: Every time the gold manages to influence someone in the movie, a small chord pops in.
* LittleHeroBigWar: This film is less a war film and more a bank heist movie set during a war and carried out by soldiers.
* AMacGuffinFullOfMoney: The catalyst for this film is a bank vault storing 16 million dollars of gold.
* MidBattleTeaBreak: During the final battle, Oddball's tank breaks down, so he sets up a nice little spread of cheese and wine while his men try to fix it.
-->'''Oddball:''' I only ride 'em, I don't know what makes 'em work.
* MilitaryMaverick: Kelly is the primary instigator and motivator of ThePlan. His backstory states that he used to be a lieutenant, but was made the scapegoat and got busted down when he was ordered to assault the wrong hill, and half his company was killed.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: The squad isn't composed of misfits ''per se'', but they are war-weary and unappreciated. The gold inspires them to uncharacteristic levels of heroism.
* MisplacedADecimalPoint: Crapgame does an off-screen DoubleTake after realizing that he underestimated the value of the gold.
* MoodWhiplash: It looks like the platoon's in for a funny adventure until they run into successive misfortunes, starting with being attacked by their own aircraft. Then we cut to the Allied command and General Colt in his bathrobe, then three members of the squad die in a minefield, and so on.
* MookFaceTurn: In the end, the squad runs out of ways to defeat the Tigers, and are forced to negotiate. [[spoiler:It turns out that the commander of Tiger 115 doesn't know what he is guarding, and is vulnerable to greed.]]
* MundaneUtility: Oddball's men use their tank for hanging their laundry and as support for their tents.
* NaziGold: Kelly learns of a secret stash of gold behind enemy lines.
* {{Nepotism}}: Maitland gets away with being severely incompetent because he's General Colt's nephew.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Oddball... in WorldWarTwo; justified that they were classified as "Proto-Beatniks", precursors to the 60's hippies movement.
* NiceHat:
** Turk, one of Oddball's tank crew, constantly wears a fez.
** Oddball's leather tanker's helmet seems lovingly attached to his head.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Carroll O'Connor plays a hilariously incompetent, over-the-top general who is clearly intended to be a mockery of Patton.
* NoodleIncident: The "something very special" that Oddball's boys have planned, that makes it impossible for them to start the mission that night. It's played with in that rather than hearing about it after the fact but never finding out what happened, we're told that it's ''going to happen'' -- and never find out what it was, nor is it ever mentioned again. IMDB states that it's a party that Oddball is hosting with some French girls.
* NotSoDifferent: When trying to talk down the German tank commander, our heroes point out that they're all soldiers being told to die for no reason they can understand.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Big Joe and Little Joe.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The entire crew goes AWOL and is willing to desert for a share of the gold.
-->'''Oddball:''' "For sixteen million dollars, we could be heroes."
* OnlySaneMan: Played with.
-->'''Big Joe:''' What kinda guarantee is that, 'he's ready to go?' He's a nut!\\
'''Jonesy:''' Well, we're all nuts, or we wouldn't be here!
* 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.
* PhotofloodLighting: In the opening credits the Jeep possesses an unseen bulb of unusual intensity that just happens to illuminate Kelly's face.
* ThePlan: Once Kelly finds out about the gold, he devises the following plan: gather men and supplies, march 30 miles behind enemy lines and rob a bank carrying 14,000 bars of NaziGold.
* 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.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:Mitchell's death in the minefield.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Kelly (MilitaryMaverick), Crapgame ([[ProfessionalGambler glorified accountant]]), Oddball ([[NewAgeRetroHippie Proto-Beatnik]] tank commander), Turk (who wears a fez for some reason) etc.
* ReadingTheEnemysMail: How Kelly finds out about the gold; it is hidden as a lead bar in Dankopf's satchel.
* RealJokeName: Staff Sergeant Crapgame and First Sergeant Mulligan.
* [[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.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: During a combat sequence, a 30-cal machine gun jams at a very inopportune time; possibly because the operator didn't have someone to help him feed the belt ammo. Fortunately, the Germans shooting back at him apparently attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, because he manages to clear the jam and kill them all anyway.
** Mitchell isn't as lucky; he dies while attempting to clear the BAR's jam in the minefield.
* RousingSpeech: Big Joe delivers a spoof of one, with true DrillSergeantNasty tone, trying to motivate the men to not treat a three day liberty at a dilapidated farmhouse as the crapsack it is. He talks about setting up a bar, finding booze, some dirty movies, and making a night club.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying
** Big Joe doesn't care about any intel the German might have, he just wants to know which hotel at their objective is the nicest and if there are girls there.
** Oddball and his men can't join the team right away because they are throwing an [[NoodleIncident offscreen party]].
** Maitland regards his military service as an opportunity to shop in Paris and steal somebody's yacht.
** General Colt cheers on the squad's radio chatter as if he's listening to a football game.
* SergeantRock: Big Joe, who is the ''de facto'' platoon leader since Maitland is severely incompetent.
* TheScrounger: When Kelly needs the rations, ammo, equipment and other supplies for his heist, he goes to Crapgame, who is clearly used to bending the rules.
* ShootOutTheLock: With a [[spoiler: Tiger]] tank and taking half the door with it.
* ShoutOut: "Get me [[HogansHeroes Hogan in Intelligence]]."
* SoundtrackDissonance: Oddball's tank plays soothing music the first time it fights onscreen. Explosions and shouting to several folksy tunes including ''I've Been Working on the Railroad'', made doubly hilarious because they're blasting the crap out of, among other things, a crew repairing a railroad bridge.
** 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.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: [[MeaningfulName Cowboy]] talks in a drawl, plays the harmonica, and has a stereotypical laid-back attitude.
** Ditto his pal Willard.
* TakeFive: Crapgame tells his assistant to get a haircut, when Kelly wants to talk business in private.
* TankGoodness
** Oddball's tank has a pipe attached to it to make its gun look bigger, it can shoot paint to "make pretty pictures," and it plays music, very loud, to scare their enemies.
** Tiger 115 is "a beautiful tank". [[spoiler:Even Oddball thinks so, seeing as how he uses his share of the gold to buy it from its crew.]]
* TanksButNoTanks: Three Russian T-34 tanks were converted into very life-like German Tiger Tanks (the real glaring error was the wheels of the tanks, and of course, being about half the size of a real Tiger).
** And contrary to some claims, the Tigers actually weren't made for ''Kelly's Heroes'' but for an earlier film made in Yugoslavia starring Yul Bryner called ''The Battle of Neretva''. The Shermans also come from that film.
* TemptingFate: "It's a big beautiful bridge, and it's gonna be there." [[GilliganCut Next scene, the bridge is destroyed]].
* TranslationConvention: Averted. Everyone (Americans, Germans, French) speaks their own language.
* TreasureRoom: The inside of the bank has boxes upon boxes of gold bars.
* TriggerHappy: Gutkowski. He gets called on burning through clips by Job when they are rearming.
* 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Big Joe turns up at the farmhouse with a chaplain and some movies for the guys to watch, after he hears Kelly's speech he decides to go along with the plan which they start preparing. However the chaplain is still waiting in the jeep outside for a lift back to HQ.
* WithFriendsLikeThese:
--> '''Big Joe''': We're not worried about the German Army! We've got troubles of our own! To the right, General Patton, to the left, the British Army, [[FriendlyFire to the rear, our own goddamned artillery]], and besides all that it's raining, and the one good thing to say about the weather is that it keeps our own Air Corps from blowing us all to hell! ''[[GratuitousGerman Verstehe?!]]''
* WorldWarTwo: The film takes place shortly after D-Day.
* WritersCannotDoMath: The gold value and number of bars simply cannot be made to both work out in accordance with what we're shown and told. The detailed math kudzu is on the Headscratchers.KellysHeroes page, if you're ''really'' interested in it.
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