One of my all time favorite movies is Kelly's Heroes, a 1970 WW II classic starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sotherland, Carrol O'Conner and many other wonderful actors.
The plot is basically some American GI's learn of a relatively unguarded bank containing a huge amount of gold behind German lines and decide to sneak in and steal it. Their efforts are misinterpreted by an American general (played by Carrol O'Connor and loosely based on Patton) as an unexpected American offensive into German occupied territory. So the GI's have to race against the actual American advance and negotiate with the small but strong German garrison in order to steal the gold.
It was one of many movies of that era with a similar superb cast and well executed (if not always historically accurate) plots. Where Eagles Dare may be one of the most historically inaccurate of the genre (but still fun) and Battle of the Bulge may be one of the top classics of that genre.
But for me Kelly's Heroes, with a bank robbery as its goal but by no means its main theme, is the best of the best. Simple plot but with wonderfully elaborated details and amazing acting. Not to mention a wonderful soundtrack:
AND, not to mention, some cool and very well thought out tank encounters:
Along with the Dirty Dozen and Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes is a MUST OWN WW II classic.
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