Kelly’s Heroes (1970) supports my theory that a war film tells you as much about the time it was made as the time it covers.
In 1970 America was involved in Vietnam and the film is less about gung-ho heroism than a buffoon general (Don Rickles), a long-haired hippie soldier (Donald Sutherland) and a tough jokey sergeant Big Joe (Telly Savalas).
The story is of a platoon under Kelly who hear of Nazi gold in the French town of Nancy they are besieging and decided to liberate it for themselves.
Donald Sutherland, as Oddball, is recruited to lead a tank offensive as the Germans have Panzer Tiger tanks in the town.
Its humour now seems dated, Clint Eastwood is rather plodding and the whole film rather passé.
I have always thought Clint Eastwood a limited actor but he knows his audience and showed from the excellent Play Misty for Me that he can direct too.
His career like Donald Sutherland is a long one and he delivered some fine performances in his latter years.