Memorial Day Memories: Kelly’s Heroes

Falcon at the Movies

kelly1I think I’ve seen Kelly’s Heroes (1970) about a half-dozen times now, and since broadened my definition of what it represents.  It feels like a 60s movie despite being set during World War II, and every character is anti-authority, as well as contrary to the typical soldier you might find in a traditional war movie.  The whole thing is about Clint Eastwood and his pals robbing a bank, making off with the dough, and putting one over on the American army, as well as the war in general.  This movie is satirical in nature, and fits in with counter-culture movies like MASH (1970).  Every character in Kelly’s Heroes would fit in perfectly with Hawkeye.

The anti-war sentiments are all over the place in Kelly’s Heroes.  The troop of soldiers we follow are not your typical soldiers.  They don’t care for the war at all, and everybody they meet, even the Germans, seems…

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