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Castle Keep (1969)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  October 1969 (Austria)
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During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Abraham Falconer
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Capt. Lionel Beckman
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The Count of Maldorais
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Sgt. Rossi
Astrid Heeren ...
Therese
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Cpl. Clearboy
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Lt. Amberjack
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Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
James Patterson ...
Elk
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Lt. Billy Byron Bix
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Sgt. DeVaca
Caterina Boratto ...
Red Queen
Elizabeth Teissier ...
Red Queen Girl
Anne Marie Moskovenko ...
Red Queen Girl
Merja Alanen ...
Red Queen Girl
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Storyline

Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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A one-eyed major and his oddball heroes fight a twentieth-century war in a tenth-century castle! See more »


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October 1969 (Austria)  »

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Das Schloß in den Ardennen  »

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Burt Lancaster wore a patch over a good right eye for his character. Peter Falk, having lost his right eye at age 3, wore a glass eye. See more »

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When the German light plane is shot down by Captain Beckman, the smoke is clearly coming from smoke canisters attached to its wheel struts and not from any other part of the plane. See more »

Quotes

Sfc. Rossie Baker: [enterting brothel with loaves] Everybody should eat more bread. Feeds the heart. And remember, the heart's the second-most important organ in the human body.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Missed, but once seen.... never forgotten
31 December 2000 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

I was introduced to this film a few years after it's making. It was, as many previous reviewers have mentioned, a far from stereotypical portrayal of war! As one who was born immediately after the war, and subsequently raised on the real horror of that event, I was captivated by the lack of "Hollywood" in the production. I will always remember the scenes in the bakery. Whatever the horror of the immediate environment the need to survive and maintain our basic needs transcends the bestiality of the moment. The person that introduced me to the film had had some correspondence with the Director. He was reportedly bemused by his enthusiasm! I think he'd made a masterpiece?

Personally I would suggest that the 'subtlety' of it's observation of it's subject matter in the era of `The Green Beret' will make it a viewing `must' for followers of the genre for decades to come!


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