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Castle Keep
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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:
An eery semi realistic war movie set in fairy tale background 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:
70mm blow-up version released in Australia and Sweden.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:
Maj. Abraham Falconer:When the German tanks get here, we'll have a reception. They're brave sons of bitches, and we should not allow their heroic actions to go unsung. They should all have a cocktail!
Red Queen:Cocktail?
Maj. Abraham Falconer:Cognac bottle filled with gasoline.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An eery semi realistic war movie set in fairy tale background, 19 September 2003
Author: wiseman188 from NY

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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