Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and Donald Sutherland are among the stars cast as lovable roughnecks who decide to steal $16 million in gold bullion; it belongs to the Germans, so that’s okay.
Nearly satirical in its overall effect, plot caroms between cliche dogface antics, detailed and gratuitous violence, caper melodramatics, and outrageous anachronism.
Eastwood stumbles onto knowledge of the gold stash from captured German officer David Hurst. Savalas, senior non-com in the platoon leisurely commanded by Hal Buckley, comes around to participating in the theft during a dull r&r period.
Eastwood’s performance remains in his traditional low-key groove, thereby creating an adrenalin vacuum filled to the brim by the screen-dominating presence of Savalas and Sutherland.