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Castle Keep -- Burt Lancaster, Peter Falk and Bruce Dern star in this extraordinary melding of war drama, satiric comedy and heroic action from director Sydney Pollack.


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William Eastlake (novel)
Daniel Taradash (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
October 1969 (Austria) See more »
A 10th-Century castle...a 20th-Century war...and the outspoken novel come to life on the screen! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the strangest WWII stories ever See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Maj. Abraham Falconer

Patrick O'Neal ... Capt. Lionel Beckman

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... The Count of Maldorais

Peter Falk ... Sgt. Rossi
Astrid Heeren ... Therese

Scott Wilson ... Cpl. Clearboy

Tony Bill ... Lt. Amberjack

Al Freeman Jr. ... Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
James Patterson ... Elk

Bruce Dern ... Lt. Billy Byron Bix

Michael Conrad ... Sgt. DeVaca

Caterina Boratto ... Red Queen
Elizabeth Teissier ... Red Queen Girl
Anne Marie Moskovenko ... Red Queen Girl
Merja Alanen ... Red Queen Girl
Olga Bisera ... Baker's Wife (as Bisera)
Eija Pokkinen ... Red Queen Girl (as Eya Tuli)
Elizabeth Darius ... Red Queen Girl
Karen Blanguernon ... Red Queen Girl
Marie Danube ... Red Queen Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Baird ... Dancing Soldier (uncredited)
Ernest Clark ... British Colonel (uncredited)
Jean Gimelo ... First Puerto Rican (uncredited)
J. David Jones ... One-Eared Soldier (uncredited)
Dusan Tadic ... Evangelista (uncredited)

Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
William Eastlake (novel "Castle Keep")

Daniel Taradash (screenplay) &
David Rayfiel (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Edward L. Rissien .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Jacques Douy 
Max Douy 
Mort Rabinowitz 
Costume Design by
Jacques Fonteray 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ludmilla Goulian .... production manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Marc Maurette .... assistant director
Stevan Petrovic .... assistant director (as Stevo Petrovic)
Art Department
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
Rino Mondellini .... art designer
Sound Department
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
Vladimir Stankovic .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects (as Lee Zavits)
Visual Effects by
Phill Norman .... opticals
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milanka Sultanovic .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Michèle Robert-Lauliac .... assistant film editor (as Michele Robert)
Music Department
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Other crew
Ben Kadish .... production executive
Phill Norman .... title designer
Dirk Sanders .... choreographer

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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

70mm blow-up version released in Australia and Sweden.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the tank pursues the bazooka team into the church, a close-up of the bazooka's muzzle immediately before it fires clearly shows that the tube is hollow and the weapon is therefore not loaded.See more »
The Count:The Maldorais line must continue, and God must know where the Americans fit. Americans are brave, and that is why they seem like children. They are young, wild animals, so what can you expect?... I expect a child.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of the strangest WWII stories ever, 10 October 2004
Author: Skragg from United States

Thanks to this film, I can never entirely think of "Private Benjamin" as a comedy about a society girl in the army (not that this one doesn't have a lot of funny moments, of the very strange kind). "Hessian" is right - it's so strange, you almost have to either love or hate it, and I'm completely attached to it. With the kinds of actors in it, it's really hard to think of anyone as especially standing out, but (as attached as I've always been to Burt Lancaster) the answer would almost have to be Patrick O'Neal as Beckman. It took me a long while to think of it, but he's almost like the Eleanor character in The Haunting, because of the way he's taken over by the castle completely, and his "private war" with the major because of it. One of the best scenes was between him and Private Benjamin (played by Al Freeman Jr.), who was pictured as his "soulmate" in a way. Beckman admitted that he'd been a war hero (before the beginning of the story), but he wrote it off as being temporarily crazy. Benjamin said, "But you'd fight to save this castle." Beckman said, "Yes - but I don't know who. Which side."

One of the best funny lines was one of Peter Falk's - "Swim the moat? What the hell war is this?"

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