Trivia / Kelly's Heroes

  • Actor Allusion: Kelly and his squad mates face off against a Tiger tank with Spaghetti Western music in the background.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Oddball's "pipe on the gun" claim covers the fact that the Shermans used for the movie had been up-gunned postwar.
  • California Doubling: Yugoslavia doubled for Nazi-occupied France.
  • Executive Meddling - According to Clint Eastwood, MGM, against both his wishes and those of director Brian G. Hutton, re-edited the film to remove some character-driven scenes and a more obvious anti-war message. This was also responsible for the addition of "Burning Bridges" as the title song, rather than the original theme composed by Lalo Shifrin.
  • Deleted Scenes: The studio cut 20 minutes from the film. Deleted material includes:
    • Oddball and his crew pack up to go across the lines to meet up with Kelly and others while local village girls are running around half naked.
    • The platoon encounters a group of German soldiers and naked girls swimming in a pool.
    • While they wait for Oddball in the barn at night, Kelly and Big Joe talk about their disillusionment with the war and why Kelly was made as a scapegoat for the attack that resulted in his demotion. Another scene was deleted from this part where the platoon decides they do not want to continue with the mission, and Gutowski threatens Kelly at gunpoint, but Big Joe and Crapgame side with Kelly.
    • General Colt is in bed with some women when he gets a call that Kelly and others have broken through the enemy lines.
    • During the attack on the town, production designer Jon Barry had a cameo as a British airman hiding from the Germans.
    • One promotional still shows Kelly finding a wounded German soldier among the ruined houses during the final town attack.
    • Kelly, Oddball and Big Joe discuss tactics while standing on an abandoned Tiger tank before the scene where they negotiate with the German tank commander.
    • When Kelly and platoon drive off at the end, a bunch of soldiers yell at them that they are headed in the wrong direction.
  • Retroactive Recognition: One of Oddball's tank crew is Gavin MacLeod, Captain Stubing.
  • What Could Have Been: The film was going to have a female role, but prior to filming, it was cut from the script. Ingrid Pitt, who was cast in the role, (and had been in Where Eagles Dare with Clint Eastwood the prior year) revealed that she was "virtually climbing on board the plane bound for Yugoslavia when word came through that my part had been cut."
  • Working Title: The Warriors and Kelly's Warriors.
  • One of the assistants working on the film was a young budding filmmaker named John Landis. While in Yugoslavia shooting the movie, Landis witnessed an event involving gypsies burying a corpse in the middle of a road which inspired him to write the script for An American Werewolf in London. He also got to be friendly with one of the Kelly's Heroes stars, Donald Sutherland and years later got him to an appear in two of his early films, The Kentucky Fried Movie and Animal House.
  • During the filming in Yugoslavia in July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
  • This film is an obvious favorite of the makers of Girls und Panzer, including one character calling herself "Sargent Oddball" as a hasty alias, and one team of girls watching the movie for inspiration the night before the national finals. Said team invokes "Operation Kelly's Heroes" in said final battle.

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