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May 6, 2008
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Ever since we watched this movie at movie night with the Agadonis, I've been conjuring up Oddball whenever Ric's being pessimistic and saying, "Why don't you knock it off with them negative vibes?" An unrealistic but lovable romp through WWII Germany, this movie stars all sorts of great actors, from Clint Eastwood (Kelly) to Donald Sutherland (who plays Oddball). Together, they are soldiers who get wind of Nazi treasure and create an unauthorized invasion across enemy lines to rob a bank. That they take out some significant German forces is definitely a bonus.
The funny thing that Ryan pointed out is that Oddball is certainly odd when you're thinking about WWII, because everything he says sounds like something out of the mouths of hippies. But it doesn't seem to matter because it's entertaining. And Germany doesn't look much like Germany for half the movie, but again, it doesn't matter because it's entertaining.
Another interesting thing is that Clint Eastwood is pretty much outshone by all of the actors in the movie, but his character's name is in the title. But when your supporting men are Telly Savalas and Don Rickles, and you're an even-keeled kind of guy, I suppose it's understandable.
We all had a lot of fun watching this one. I had never heard of it before, so kudos to Ryan (even though I actually don't like phrase "kudos to") for knowing it so well and wanting to share it with us. It's my pick this week, and I'll be choosing yet another one that I haven't seen in a very long time but remember liking a lot. Let's hope everyone does!
“Why don’t you say something righteous and noble for a change?”
“I had never heard of it before”
you’re so young, so very.. very young.
I enjoy your movie reviews, but had you asked I could have told you this is a GREAT film. You’ll notice Moriarty is Captain Stubing from the Love Boat. He played some bit parts on TV in the 60’s too.. (ie. Rat Patrol).
I hate it when people tell me I’m young. I know more old movies and obscure movies than many of the older people I know. If one slips through my radar, it’s more of an anomaly than anything else! If I haven’t seen it, it’s most likely in my Netflix queue (which is about 400 movies long). This one was a rare exception.
I also dislike the phrase kudos, but what’s even more weird is that in England they say “kudoss” instead of “kudoze” as I always heard in Cali. I think we treat it like a plural world whereas they treat it like a singular Greek word.
Strange. Oh yeah, Olson, I also don’t like people calling California “Cali". At least you’re FROM California, so it’s not so bad, but I especially don’t like it when people from other states call it that. I always feel like asking them, “Are you friends with California? Is that why you call it by such a cute nickname?”
I used to dislike “Cali” too but when I type out the five syllables of “California” all I can hear is Arnold’s voice in my head. I dislike SoCal (too close to “SoCo” whiskey, an abbreviation I despise) but can’t think of a good alternative.
But the reason I returned to this thread is because I just discovered that kudos actually is a Greek word and therefore is singular after all!