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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:
Put It On Fast Forward Till The Shooting Starts See more (43 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: When the German light plane is shot down by Captain Beckman, the smoke is clearly coming from smoke canisters attached to its wheel struts and not from any other part of the plane.See more »
Quotes:
The Count:You find me degenerate - or worse even, French.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Put It On Fast Forward Till The Shooting Starts, 22 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Castle Keep has Burt Lancaster as an American major with a squad of about a dozen picked men, drawing the assignment to defend a medieval castle that just happens to stand directly on the road to Bastogne. It's December of 1944 and the Nazis have been almost pushed back to Germany. The war could be over and this might be a chance to get a little R&R. Our squad certainly takes advantage of it. Most enjoy the pleasures of the local bordello, Sergeant Peter Falk takes up with the baker's wife and gets back to his civilian occupation as well. And Burt has an affair with the countess of the castle.

What makes it even nicer is that the count, Jean-Pierre Aumont approves completely. He's impotent and it's important the name survive if not the genes. Captain Patrick O'Neal however is entranced with the art collection. But he's distressed to find he's not fighting in the American army, but among Philistines with this blue collar patrol.

Basically these guys sit around, drink, kanoodle, find other occupations like baking for Falk and fixing up a Volkswagen for Scott Wilson. And endlessly talk. Then the Germans arrive and the action begins in this last stand film as the Battle of the Bulge gets started.

This was director Sydney Pollack's second film with Burt Lancaster and he was something of a protégé for Lancaster. Lancaster liked the book this was based on and had worked with Pollack before in the much better The Scalphunters.

To me this film was deadly dull until the shooting starts. I can't for the life of me see why some folks love it so.

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