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Posted by the Baron
on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:24 PM
| MattSix wrote:|
| telsono wrote:|
Also, the music, wasn't one of the songs a Hank Williams, Jr. song? He wasn't even born yet!
Magnetic tape recording came about after WWI. The machines were bulky, but Oddball could have "found" one for his use. There were units for mobile broadcasting as early as 1935.
The song Oddball plays during the attack on the German Railyard is "All For The Love of Sunshine" by Hank Williams Jr. The song was released in 1970. After the attack, they switch the music to "I've Been Working on the Railroad."
Even if you overlook the timeline issues with the reel to reel machine, and the soundtrack, there are several other things out of place. There is plenty of Russian equipment, used by the Americans, in the film. This is because the film was shot in Yugoslavia, and in 1969/70 they had a lot of it lying around, for the studio to use. The German Tigers are modified T-34s. The trains in the railyard have Yugoslavian RR markings, and the sniper rifle one of the G.I.'s uses in the bell tower is a Russian model, with side mounted telescopic sights!
Oh well, since when is Hollywood worried about historical accuracy?
Well, I don't suppose it's supposed to be too accurate. After all, it is fiction. I mean, Oddball is a great character, too, but the Beatniks were 10 years in the future in 1944. The movie really is a film record of some of the great character actors of the day, playing army for 2 1/2 hours. When I was a kid and we played war, going for Nazi gold behind the lines was a frequent mission.
"Kelly's Heroes" is one of my all-time favorite war movies, in my top 10 list.
BTW, "All for the Love of Sunshine" was written by Mike Curb and Lalo Schifrin, who collaborated on the soundtrack for "Kelly's Heroes". Schifrin went on to score many more of Clint Eastwood's movies, like "Dirty Harry"
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