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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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Director:
Writers:
William Eastlake (novel)
Daniel Taradash (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
October 1969 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A 10th-Century castle...a 20th-Century war...and the outspoken novel come to life on the screen! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
A history teacher's nightmare! See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
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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Trivia:
Ronald "Butcher" DeFeo Jr. claimed he was watching this movie before he shot his parents and four younger siblings to death in Amityville, NY in 1974.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the soldiers push the VW into the moat, the passenger side window is open. The car sinks and then pops to the surface and floats (air tight and they really do float) ... but when it surfaces, the passenger window is up. Of course, the car would have stayed on the bottom, had the window been open.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A history teacher's nightmare!, 23 May 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

If you love surrealistic and existential films, you may enjoy "Castle Keep". There is lots of strange dialog and bizarre plot elements--such that it will probably confuse the average viewer--but the artsy may enjoy it. As for me, I am a retired history teacher and it just made me irritated, as the terminally stupid might just think this film is a documentary and people really talked and acted like this! The film is nominally about a group of American soldiers who are making a stand at a Belgian castle--waiting for the inevitable attack from the Germans around the time of the Battle of the Bulge (December, 1944). However, as they are waiting for this throughout most of the film, you see LOTS of little scenarios that seem very random--and have little, if anything, to do with the WWII era. There's the wife of the castle who sleeps with various men because her husband is impotent and he wants a son, there's an art historian(!) who gives lectures to men who have zero interest--but who LOVE to hang out at a brothel filled with 1960s-style prostitutes, a guy who is in love with a VW and predicts it's the car of the future, a guy who wants to do nothing but bake--so he hangs out in town and bakes bread, a group of religious freaks who are pretty much guaranteed to offend and folks talking about the meaning of life. It's all a lot of stupid nonsense if you ask me--especially since folks often dress and act like folks from the hippie 1960s (especially the ladies) and the music is very appropriate for a counter-culture 1960s film--thought this is supposed to be 1945! Some folks might think this is all clever--I think it's just dumb--and rather boring. The film only heats up near the end when the fighting starts, but that isn't enough and the film seems like a waste of some talented actors. Well worth skipping.

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