Kelly's Heroes

Corrected entry: Big Joe tells the gang he's going down to command and get some dirty movies. He returns with a chaplain holding about 10 movie reels. Were they going to watch the movies before or after church service?


Correction: The film is a comedy. This is a joke.

John Elwen

Corrected entry: We see Kelly bribe Mulligan with the gold bar he obtained from the German officer near the beginning of the film. He doesn't get any more bars, and we see Mulligan with his gold bar when his alarm clock goes off (he grabs it accidentally instead of the phone). So where does he get the gold bar he gives to Crapgame?

Correction: Kelly gets more than one bar from the German officer - he asks 'What are THESE?' At least four bars, wrapped in paper can be seen in the front of the German officer's satchel when Kelly sets it down.

Corrected entry: Where did they get the B.A.R and the sniper rifle, the only guns Kelly asked for were Thompsons, 2 30 cals and 2 bazookas which, by the way, we never see.

Correction: The BAR and Sniper Rifle were dedicated pieces of equipment (Gutowsky is the group's sniper, after all), and the ordered weapons were considered as back-ups. When the vehicles are mistakenly destroyed by the U.S. fighter, a lot of the gear - particularly the explosive ammo - may have been blown to pieces, too, and thus were beyond salvaging.

Corrected entry: There are 3 German tanks (Tigers) in the French village of Clairmont. One was destroyed when Oddball hit it from behind the fence. One was destroyed from behind in the alley (the one hit with paint first). The last one was used to blow open the bank. When Oddball and his crew drove out of town with their share of the gold, they were in a German tank that they 'bought'. It had to be the one that was used to blow up the bank, since it was the only tank still operating. Yet, in the closing shot, there was tank 113 poised in the square, pointed directly at the bank. Where did the extra German tank come from?

Correction: There is no extra tank. The tanks are numbered 112, 113, and 115. Tank 112 is the first to get hit with a shell, from behind the fence. Tank 113 is the second to get hit, with paint first, then a shell. Tank 115 is the one used to blow open the doors and the one taken by Oddball. The tank seen in the closing shot is tank 112, the first to get hit, and is pointed away from the bank.

Corrected entry: When they approach the town of Clairmont, a German officer comes out and gets into a lengthy conversation with the tank crews about cranking up the engines for 20 minutes. It is revealed that tigers have to routinely warm their engines every few hours. If it is routine, wouldn't the officer give a simple command that the tiger crews would expect every few hours?


Correction: In German, the tank commander expresses his concern about the low fuel supply, while the officer berates him, telling him that Oberst (Colonel) Dummkopf (the intelligence officer Kelly had captured at the start of the movie) would return with enough fuel for them to go to Berlin. (Remember, that's the reason why the Oberst was in that particular area in the first place, as he said himself: 'I needed petrol for my trucks.')

Revealing mistake: Blank firing adaptors are visible on the bow machine guns of Oddball's Shermans as they shoot up the rail yard.


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Oddball: A Sherman can give you a very nice... edge.

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Trivia: While on set, actor Donald Sutherland contracted spinal meningitis, went into a coma and was expected to die. Sutherland made a full recovery and continued filming.


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Question: What type of Allied fighter destroyed the units vehicles? It doesn't look like any allied combat aircraft I've seen before.


Answer: It's a Yugoslav Soko 522 Ikarus.

Chosen answer: From the markings it looks like a P47 jug. Strange thing is it was equipped with rockets, which I have only seen outfitted on the P-38 lightning and the P-51 Mustang. Kelly's is a great movie but far from historically accurate. There is a country song Odd Ball Plays as the blow up the rail yard that not even close to having been released at the time.

James Rowell

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