Vast trainloads of gold and currency were evacuated from the doomed capital of Hitler’s ‘Thousand-year Reich’. 14,000 gold bars, valued at $16M, equals about $1,143 per bar. 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, Pre-production: the story behind the film, Conversations With Clint: Paul Nelson's Lost Interviews With Clint Eastwood, Pages 51 - 54. It also had a two-week stay at #1 in Australia,[29] and in Canada the song reached #23 in March 1971.[30]. The Mike Curb Congregation's recording of "Burning Bridges" reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on March 6, 1971; but did much better in South Africa, where it was the #1 song on the charts for five weeks ending in November 1970, and in New Zealand, where it spent two weeks at #1 in March 1971. Private Grace is killed when he steps on a mine, and PFC Mitchell and Corporal Job are killed when the men are forced to engage a German patrol. On the 11th December 1997 Sayer was invited, by the Secretary General of the TCRMG, to view the two bars, in the gold bullion vaults of the Bank of England. With their commanding officer, Captain Maitland (Hal Buckley), preoccupied pursuing opportunities to enrich himself, the men of Kelly's platoon are all eager to join him. He recruits Supply Sergeant "Crapgame" (Don Rickles) in order to obtain the supplies and guns that will be needed. There is also a casual rendition of the music in the background near the middle of the film. The authors’ quest led them to a murky, dangerous post-war world of racketeering, corruption and gang warfare. It’s a National Guard Division, comprised of Guardsmen from Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. "Film Reviews: Kelly's Heroes". The authors’ quest led them to a murky, dangerous post-war world of racketeering, corruption and gang warfare. Oddball links up with Kelly two nights later, bringing with him the extra troops. The soundtrack was released on LP, as well a subsequent CD featuring the LP tracks, by Chapter III Records. When Kelly and platoon drive off at the end, a bunch of soldiers shout at them that they are headed in the wrong direction. The American fighter-plane that attacks Kellys group, is actually an Yugoslav “Ikarus Type 522” trainer, that flew for the first time in 1955. Kelly decides to go after the gold. The film was a US-Yugoslav co-production, filmed mainly in the Croatian village of Vižinada on the Istria peninsula. His wife received a telegram telling her to come immediately but warning her that he would probably be dead before she arrived. Another scene was deleted from this part where the platoon decides they do not want to continue with the mission, and Gutowski threatens Kelly at gunpoint, but Big Joe and Crapgame side with Kelly. [11], During pre-production, George Kennedy turned down the role of Big Joe despite an offered fee of $300,000 because he did not like the part. Vast trainloads of gold and currency were evacuated from the doomed capital of Hitler’s ‘Thousand-year Reich’. Clint Eastwood mentioned in interviews that he was very disappointed about the way movie was re-cut by studio because many deleted scenes not only gave depth to the characters but also made the movie much better. Oddball and his crew pack up to go across the lines to meet up with Kelly and others while local village girls are running around half naked. He also appears as an extra (he was one of the three nuns). Croatian authorities thought they were foreign spies and arrested them. Some of the deleted scenes were shown on promotional stills and described in interviews with cast and crew for Cinema Retro’s special edition article about Kelly’s Heroes; Oddball and his crew pack up to go over the lines to meet up with Kelly and others while local village girls are running around half naked. Mulligan is repeatedly berated for his inaccuracy. 14,000 bars at 28 pounds is 196 tons requiring a minimum of 78 two-and-a-half ton trucks to transport. [6] The investigation finally led to two of the missing gold bars (valued in 2019 at over $1m) being handed over by German officials to the American government in a secret ceremony at Bonn on the 27th September 1996. One of the division's mechanized reconnaissance platoons is ordered to hold their position when the Germans counterattack. At the long-standing price of $35/troy ounce, the bars would have had to weigh only 32.6 oz (almost 36 oz avoirdupois) each–probably a gross understatement, even though the bars are clearly much smaller than the standard “Fort Knox” size. Investigators were impeded at every step as they struggled to uncover the truth and were left fearing for their lives. Kelly, Oddball, and Big Joe discuss tactics while standing on an abandoned Tiger tank before the scene where they talk with the German tank commander. Douglas Botting (Author), Ian Sayer (Author). The platoon encounters a group of German soldiers and naked girls swimming in a pool. [7] Filming commenced in July 1969 and was completed in December. Only a total of 5 tigers left and they are worth millions for historic value. So maybe the German colonel was wrong. Approximately 20 minutes were cut from the movie by MGM and studio boss James T. Aubrey before theatrical release. Mike Curb, who wrote the lyrics to the movie’s theme song “Burning Bridges,” served as lieutenant governor of California between 1978 and 1982. But even assuming the weight is correct, 14,000 bars would weigh almost 16 tons (not counting boxes, men and equipment)–well beyond the capacity of the truck they were using. Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold, "32 things you didn't know about Kelly's Heroes – Donald Sutherland was ill, expected to die before his wife got to Yugoslavia", "From 'Patton' to 'Fury,' tank films that roll", "Cinema Retro's "Kelly's Heroes" Movie Classics Special Edition Still a Top-seller! Kriegsman, Alan M. (June 20, 1970). 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The first disclosure that the Bank was holding the two bars (complete with Nazi markings) came from a press release issued by the bank on the 8th May 1997 which confirmed that the two bars were those which had been identified as missing in the book Nazi Gold. "Kelly's Heroes". An expanded edition of the soundtrack was released by Film Score Monthly in 2005. The bar seen being handed around like it was a loaf of bread looks a bit larger, roughly 3 inches x 4 inches x 12 inches. The movie was mainly filmed in Yugoslavia because the Yugoslavian army still had a large quantity of Sherman tanks in 1970. However, the review went on, "With all energy apparently expended on sustaining over two hours of consistently devastating explosions, pyrotechnics and demolition, little attention has been paid either to period detail (resulting in mini-skirted townswomen and the description of conditions in terms of 'hung-up' and 'freaked out') or to the script, which is jolly, vituperative, and little else."[26]. Originally it was called The Warriors, then in post production it was changed to Kelly’s Warriors and then into Kelly’s Heroes. Champlin, Charles (July 8, 1970). In golf, a “mulligan” is a “do-over”; a chance to repeat a bad shot. This page was last edited on 12 August 2020, at 13:33. The blue “crosshair” shoulder patch indicates Kelly and his men are from the 35th Infantry Division. During the attack on the town, production designer. A gold bar of 400 Troy ounces would measure roughly 2 inches x 3 inches x 9 inches and would weigh about 28 pounds. [19][unreliable source? Gutowski carries and uses a Russian sniper rifle, a Mosin Nagant M91/30. A record was made of Clint Eastwood singing “Burning Bridges”, the theme song from the film. Sutherland recounts this story often, mentioning that when Eastwood got to the part about the personal cheque, he laughed so hard, he fell to his knees, and Sutherland had to help him up. The results of his investigation, which confirmed a cover up by the US government together with the involvement of US military and former Wehrmacht and SS officers in the theft, were published in the 1984 book Nazi Gold – The Sensational Story of the World’s Greatest Robbery – and the Greatest Criminal Cover-Up.

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