Kelly's Heroes

New this month Corrected entry: When the Tiger tank shoots a hole in the bank door, the hole is a neat rectangle.

New this month Correction: The shell punches out a rectangular panel of the wooden door, which would have been too flimsy to detonate it, then strikes the rear wall of the bank and explodes, shattering the otherwise intact door.

Corrected entry: During the discussion between Crapgame and Kelly in the supply depot, just after Crapgame realises that snatching the gold from behind enemy lines would be "the perfect crime", a jet airliner can be heard flying overhead. Jet aircraft were in use by the Luftwaffe - but only on their side of the lines with the exception of a few recon and bombing missions at the front, specifically on the Remagen bridge in March of 1945, months after the movie's timeframe.

New this month Correction: After watching the scene many times, the sound heard is not of a jet aircraft, but a piston-powered propeller-driven craft that can be prominently heard over the whistling sound that was mistaken for a jet engine.


Corrected entry: When Kelly drives into the American area after capturing the Colonel we see an M16 (Multiple Gun Motor Carriage) firing its machine guns into the air. What are they shooting at? Its an artillery barrage not an air raid, and Big Joe even comments later on that it's too lousy to fly so it couldn't have been enemy aircraft.


Correction: The M2 machine gun can be used in an indirect fire role similar to artillery/mortars. The unit was either attempting to break up the advancing attack at long range with "plunging fire" from their location or they did not have direct sight of the opposing force on the far side of a hill and were "plunging fire" on that normally geographically sheltered area.

Corrected entry: Clint Eastwood drives his jeep up to Telly Savalas who asks where Eastwood has been. Shot changes to over Savalas' shoulder, and look at Eastwood. At the rear of the jeep, immediately behind Eastwood and in the middle of dozens of fatigue clad GIs, a crew member in a button-down striped shirt fiddles with something for a few seconds before glancing up at Savalas and then walking out of the frame.


Correction: Don't think this is crew - refugees are also walking with soldiers in background.

Corrected entry: When Mulligan is sleeping his alarm clock goes off. Kelly arranged to start the mortar attack at 2100 hours (9 PM). The alarm clock does not read 9 when it goes off.


Correction: This scene is an example of the indifference and incompetence of Mulligan's command of the mortars to deliver accurate fire at precise time coordinates, as Mulligan demonstrated in the first part of the movie, when Big Joe complains about Mulligan not giving him "three minutes" before Mulligan started firing off the mortars and dropping them all over the place. For Mulligan to not launch a barrage on time and target is in character.


Corrected entry: In the scene in which Kelly and the others must go through a city while it is being shelled, if you look in the bottom right corner you see German troop traffic going through the town with lots of German soldiers walking around. None of them seem too concerned about the shelling, even when it starts falling on the road they are on. There is even an explosion that happens just behind two German soldiers - they do not move and then merely stroll away afterwards.

Correction: The German soldiers are veterans who are used to the shelling and accept it as part of their lives. They would also know what kind of shelling they are under and react appropriately. In this case, the shelling is routine and inaccurate (harassing fire) nothing for veteran German soldiers to panic about.


Corrected entry: Kelly was busted down to a buck private. Why does Big Joe let him have his own jeep and go anywhere at anytime he wants to?


Correction: Crapgame said Kelly was a lieutenant before ("a pretty good one, too"), so he still had connections, influence, and respect from other soldiers, especially those who knew Kelly was the scapegoat for the attack on a hill that wiped out half a company of friendly troops. As an example, notice how First Sergeant Mulligan panics when Kelly requests a favor of a mortar attack - and Mulligan outranks Kelly by several pay grades.


Corrected entry: When Oddball is showing his tanks to Kelly, he says they have a standard 76 millimeter gun. In fact, Sherman tanks came standard with a 75 millimeter gun.

Correction: While it's true M4A1, M4A3 and Easy Eights were fitted with 76 guns, Oddball's turret was definitely housed for the 75 (D50878 "Low Bustle" turret and the D78461 "High Bustle" turret). 76 guns were housed in T23 turrets.

Corrected entry: Nazi SS didn't wear black uniforms after 1939.

Correction: The SS Tiger tank troopers in the movie are panzer crewmen whose uniforms were black. Even the Wehrmacht (Regular Army) tankers wore black uniforms throughout the war, as well as being issued camouflage uniforms.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Kelly is guiding Oddball's tank into the shell of the building to shoot at the rear of the Tiger tanks, there is a bright blue bucket on the top left corner of the Sherman. During the scene the shot keeps switching from Kelly's point of view to Oddball's. When Kelly climbs off the tank the bucket disappears but as soon Oddball looks back, the bucket appears again. Through the rest of the scene the bucket between shots the bucket keeps disappearing and re-appearing. At one point its not even the same color.

Correction: The bucket remains throughout the scene. As they are travelling through a building though, it sometimes appears in dark shadow and is difficult to pick out.

Corrected entry: Oddball always played music very loudly when going into battle, but tape recorders weren't available until 1948.

Correction: Tape recorders weren't invented yet, but wire sound recorders were.This was a crude recorder that recorded sounds on a fine wire reel.

Corrected entry: A 'Tiger' tank is prevented from turning its turret when the main gun barrel hits a sapling. Not likely - it would have snapped the tree in half or simply uprooted it.

Correction: A tree that size would stop the main gun barrel traverse of a modern day tank, so it would surely have stopped the traverse of a Tiger.

Corrected entry: Just before the town celebration really takes off and as the bank is being emptied, a small Nazi flag is shown in foreground - presumably being waved by a towns person. The remainder of time, where there are flags, they are French and American.

Correction: Unless you are suggesting that the extras were asked to bring their own prop flags along for the days' shooting, this is not a mistake. For whatever reason, one of the townspeople is waving a Nazi flag.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the film after Clint Eastwood has been spotted by the Germans we can see them drive away in their jeep. They pass lines of soldiers marching. Along with the soldiers there is a field gun being pushed instead of towed as it would have been during the war.



Correction: They were pushing the gun because the trucks had no fuel. They say that multiple times in the movie.

Corrected entry: After the bank's front doors are blown open by tank 115, the lead group of GI's, along with the German, come through the front door. As they're approaching the pile of gold boxes covered by a canvas, a second, smaller group of GI's come into the room through a side door. How did they get in?


Correction: The explosion of that shell inside the bank would have blown any other doors open from the inside. It is interesting that there wasn't more damage inside the bank.

Corrected entry: In the credits, as Don Rickle's name is fading and it is moving onto Carroll O'Connor's name the shot is passing a tank with a gun in tow. There is a fire in between two barrels just above Carroll O'Connor's name. Upon closer inspection of the fire, it is in fact, a guy shaking a reflective painted tree branch, up and down to make it look like a fire. (Slow motion may be necessary.)


Correction: This 'mistake' is impossible to spot without using freeze frame, invalidating it per the rules of this site.

Corrected entry: In the shot showing the exterior the German headquarters, several of the vehicles parked in front are actually American M3 Half-Tracks painted a darker shade of green.

Correction: Towards the end of the war, the increasingly desperate German Army used all sorts of captured equipment.

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: During the minefield shooting, Corporal Job puts himself upright after Willard is killed. Job is hit in the chest once but shows no sign of pain. Only on the second hit does he go down.

Correction: Willard was not killed in the movie.

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: 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.')

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.

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Actor Richard Davalos kept his bayonet razor sharp and accidentally stabbed Telly Savalas in the arm during the scene where the squad jumps over the wall to ambush the Germans on the road, warranting bandages on Savalas' arm. In the film, Savalas kept his shirt sleeves rolled up, until he was stabbed, and then kept his sleeves rolled down to hide the bandages.