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Castle Keep (1969)

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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Maj. Abraham Falconer
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Capt. Lionel Beckman
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The Count of Maldorais
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Sgt. Rossi
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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
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Red Queen
Olga Bisera ...
Baker's Wife (as Bisera)
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Red Queen Girl
Anne Marie Moskovenko ...
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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Sidney Pollack confessed that the shooting took too long to complete, which meant that warm weather began to melt the snow. The crew also became very erratic because of this shooting where actors had to act in hot summer as if it were in deep winter. See more »

Goofs

In a very typical mistake for the period, the "German" tanks are all ex-Soviet T-34-85. German tanks were simply unavailable, but no attempts were made other than painting them Grey, which was also incorrect for the period. See more »

Quotes

The Count: You find me degenerate - or worse even, French.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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A terrific underrated fable
24 February 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching Castle Keep many times as a youngster. The film was a staple on local TV and showed up several times a year. I loved it then and recently saw it again, for the first time in 20 years, on TCM. The film has lost none of its lustre and in its widescreen format is even better than before. Cinematographer Henri Decae (The 400 Blows) creates a surreal fairytale atmosphere without sacrificing wartime realism in this tale of stranded GIs in the Ardennes at the end of World War II. The squad, led by an eye-patched Burt Lancaster, try to halt the German advance by hunkering down in a medieval castle that has been miraculously unaffected by the tribulations of the war. The film has echoes of Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast and it's stylistic contemporary, King of Hearts, but stands on it's own as a superb philosophical exploration of warfare and violence. If you enjoyed A Midnight Clear, you will enjoy Castle Keep.


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