Rarely, if ever, have the words “war” and “comedy” somehow been so successfully combined as in MGM’s 1970 classic movie “Kelly’s Heroes”. However, the movie which was originally entitled “The Warriors” underwent a major transformation process from its inception to its release, including the cutting of entire scenes and characters and the addition of extended action sequences.
Several members of the cast and crew voiced their disapproval of the changes which altered a grittier war movie with depth of character and an integral romantic sub-plot into an action-packed, farcical comedy. However, the cult following which Kelly’s Heroes enjoys nearly 50 years later and the plethora of infinitely quotable lines is perhaps the best proof that the final cut hit the nail right on the head.
We’ve taken information from the final cut of the movie, Burt Hirschfeld’s accompanying 1970 novel of the same name, (based heavily on the original script) and the real life history behind the units portrayed in the movie to bring a slice of Hollywood to your battlefields…
For the movie industry, the Tiger is often the ‘go to’ tank when depicting German armour in the Second World War. Unfortunately Tigers are exceedingly rare to the point that there is currently only one working Tiger left in the entire world. The 1969 Yugoslavian war epic “The Battle of Neretva” found a clever way around this by converting a number of T-34 tanks to look like Tigers, a cost effective film solution.
There’s a superb bonus within every box of Hollywood Tiger! A full colour, 8 page, booklet provides every hero and vehicle with their own personalised themed special rules to add that ‘Hollywood’ flair and daring to your movie inspired games of Bolt Action.
You can also grab the fantastic full 20 page rule set for units for Kelly’s Heroes movie units, and a Bolt Action force selector, here!
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted