Monday, December 26, 2005

KELLY’S HEROES (1970) - Brian G. Hutton

A happy-go-lucky ‘70s ensemble movie posing as ‘40s WWII heist flick. From its Mamas and Papas sounding title song to the fact that Donald Sutherland is basically playing a hippie in 1942 ("cut the negative waves, man"), this movie happily flaunts its anachronism and just goes for laughs and action. There’s even a minor parody of Leone standoffs stuck in at the end between three guys and a tank.

The most enjoyable aspect is seeing all these guys together -- Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Captain Steubing, Archie Bunker and a young Harry Dean Stanton (honestly, has he ever really looked young?). Otherwise, it’s relatively standard wartime comedy fare without the bite of a M*A*S*H or even Three Kings.

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