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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:
Surreal, amusing, disturbing--and brilliant. 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:
Burt Lancaster wore a patch over a good right eye for his character. Peter Falk, having lost his right eye at age 3, wore a glass eye.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Last Detail (1973)See more »

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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Surreal, amusing, disturbing--and brilliant., 5 December 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

War is hell and war is insane, we've been told many times before, but rather than a bitter, angry polemic, this film is a surreal, dark-humored allegory that is as light as a fairy tale at times but ends up being the movie 'Apocalypse Now' wanted to be. It's set in a time and place that lend themselves to unreality. Toward the end of World War II the Germans are defeated yet continue on with their destructive fighting. A motley group of war-weary Americans comes upon a 10th century castle somewhere in the wintry countryside of France. Their commander (Burt Lancaster) stubbornly decides to fortify the ancient treasurehouse and put up resistance to the enemy rather than passing it by, risking the castle's destruction along with a millennium's worth of acquired art.

It's impossible to imagine this movie being made even five years before it was, but by 1969 the Vietnam War had done a number on a lot of people's thinking and provided some different perspectives. A brilliant job is done by director Sydney Pollack along with writers David Rayfiel and Daniel Taradash of adapting a novel by William Eastlake into this funny, horrifying and strangely beautiful film.

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