Kelly's Heroes: Cast List Of This 1970 Film, With Behind-The-Scenes Stories And More

By | May 13, 2020

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Kelly's Heroes poster art by Jack Davis. Source:

The 1970 film Kelly’s Heroes, with a cast list of Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles, and Telly Savalas, tells the story of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to pull a heist. Perhaps, a film based on the true events of one of the world’s greatest robberies can only play out in complete absurdity. Even the idea of stealing Nazi gold worth $2.5 billion would be turned down on the basis of implausibility. However, that theft was actually recorded as the “biggest” robbery in the Guinness Book of Records in the ‘60s.

The Movie Had Nothing To Do With 'Hogan's Heroes'

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A star studded line up for the ages. (

Originally, the movie was titled “The Warriors,” then “Kelly’s Warriors” before finally settling on Kelly's Heroes. Eastwood wasn’t happy with the title changes or the 20 or so minutes cut out of the movie by MGM. His beef with the name Kelly’s Heroes was its similarity to that of the TV sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. He worried people would assume it was a big-screen version of the TV show. The cuts removed some of the much-needed female energy, the disillusionment of war, and camaraderie among soldiers.

At one point in the film, Don Rickles makes a phone call to "Hogan in Intelligence," a nod to the TV show.