All Genres: War, Action, Comedy
Release Year: 1970
Country: USA, Yugoslavia
Rating: 7.3 (0)
Languages: English, French, German
Director: Brian G. Hutton
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Stereo
- Never have so few taken so many for so much.
- They set out to rob a bank… and damn near won a war instead!
Writing by: Troy Kennedy-Martin – (written by) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)
Produced by: Sidney Beckerman – producer
Gabriel Katzka – producer
Irving L. Leonard – associate producer
Harold Loeb – producer (uncredited)
Cast: Clint Eastwood – Pvt. Kelly
Telly Savalas – MSgt. Big Joe
Don Rickles – SSgt. Crapgame
Carroll OConnor – Maj. Gen. Colt
Donald Sutherland – Sgt. Oddball (tank commander)
Gavin MacLeod – Moriarty (tank crewman)
Hal Buckley – Capt. Maitland
Stuart Margolin – Pvt. Little Joe
Jeff Morris – Pvt. Cowboy
Richard Davalos – Pvt. Gutowski
Perry Lopez – Pvt. Petuko
Music: Lalo Schifrin
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Plot Outline: A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.
Plot: During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion.
Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
At the end of the credits there is the following paragraph: This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver
Goofs: We know about 33 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Revealing mistakes: When Kelly and the guys pick up the boxes of gold at the in the bank, the boxes appear to weigh nothing at all. The boxes can be seen being tossed around as if they were empty.
Trivia: There are 11 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Director Brian G. Hutton was forced to make a number of cuts to suit the then MGM boss James T. Aubrey.
- Donald Sutherland became seriously ill during filming on location in Yugoslavia. His wife received a telegram telling her to come immediately but warning her that he would probably be dead before she arrived.
- John Landis was a production assistant on this film. He also appears as an extra (he was one of the three nuns).