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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

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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The major took the castle and then he took its mistress! See more »


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October 1969 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schloß in den Ardennen  »

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Trivia

70mm blow-up version released in Australia and Sweden. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to riding to the summer house, the major was on his horse and had his gold leaf on his helmet. When dismounted and examining the ground for tracks, the majors' leaf was missing. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin: My purpose is madness. It's the only way you can really tell what happens in war. By lying you can open the door a little crack on the truth.
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Featured in The Last Detail (1973) See more »

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An eery semi realistic war movie set in fairy tale background
19 September 2003 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

Saw the movie yesterday. I liked the fact that there was noshow and glamour about the soldiers, they are dirty and tired, they actually look like a war is going on. The whole castle theme adds an interesting poetic dimension to the story. The characters are brilliantly developped, as there seems to be a personal quest to each and everyone of the squad, the yougster wants to go to the red queen, the local whorehouse etc... The count or baron and his wife are by far the trippiest characters, i didn t understand their story but they are some kind of magical couple in theire fairy tale castle. The wife Therese is mesmerizing as she is of outstanding beauty (Astrid Heelen). The combat sequences do not look fake, the tanks, and bazookas are cool. As I said it actually looks and sounds like war, with blood and explosions... It is a great movie for those of you who, like me, enjoy those artsy, semi fantastic retro movies with a beautifull female character.


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