Our end-of-year anti-war war movie subversive action-comedy caper!
Kelly’s Heroes (1970) dir Brian G Hutton, English language, 146min.
Screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin (creator of the blackly surreal anti-nuke drama Edge of Darkness) rewrites the Second World War as history’s greatest heist, making no pretense of nobility in the Allies ‘liberation’ of Europe in which proletarian soldiers lose their lives to fill the pockets of commanding officers and their governments.
The enterprising but lowly ranked Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood) has had enough of his commanding officer repeatedly “volunteering” his unit back to the front lines to “commandeer” yachts, chateaus, artwork and wine cellars for “the war effort” as the Nazis abandon the European front.
Kelly opts to create a self-managed retirement fund for himself and his platoon, a unit of burned-out swindlers and PTSD cases, and a leaderless tank platoon of proto-hippies (centered around a scene stealing Donald Sutherland) by racing behind enemy lines to steal several tons of untraceable gold bullion before their own officers find it, or before the Nazis get it to a Swiss bank.
Kelly’s Heroes is maybe the most fun, funny and action-packed indictment of the Allies’ looting of Europe at the end of World War 2. (Also, both M*A*S*H and Three Kings owe this film a royalty cheque.)
Location: Melbourne Anarchist Club, 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote.
Time: Doors at 7:30pm for an 8pm start, 7th December, 2017.
Admission is free, baby, and stop hitting me with those negative waves!