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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 »
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CASTLE KEEP (Sydney Pollack, 1969) *** See more (43 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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105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Maj. Falconer looks through binoculars, it shows the 'double lens" movie look, even though he only has one eye.See more »
Quotes:
Maj. Abraham Falconer:What do you see out there, Beckman?
Capt. Lionel Beckman:No Krauts yet!
Maj. Abraham Falconer:You never will. You're a dreamer, Beckman. They'll get you first!
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
CASTLE KEEP (Sydney Pollack, 1969) ***, 5 August 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I had been wanting to check this one out for over 20 years (it used to be available as a VHS rental at the local outlet but I never got around to it) but especially after reading up on the film on the internet since its 2004 DVD release(s) where its unusual "artiness" a'-la Alain Resnais' LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD (1961) was played up. Now that I've watched CASTLE KEEP for myself, all I can say is that it's arguably the strangest mainstream war movie ever and decidedly not for all tastes!

The relatively large cast (for what turns out to be an introspective film) is uniformly excellent and is well up to the requirements of the brilliantly surreal, funny and literate script; Burt Lancaster, wearing an eye-patch throughout, has an unsympathetic role as the formidable leader of a group of misfit soldiers taking over a Belgian castle against unseen invading German troops. He is skillfully abetted by Peter Falk (as a soldier who abandons his post to indulge in his vocation as a baker), Jean-Pierre Aumont (as the "degenerate" owner of the titular castle), Patrick O'Neal (as a celebrated art historian all at sea on the battleground but well in his element surrounded by the castle's objets d' art), Scott Wilson (as a soldier who gets into quite a unique relationship – more on this later), Tony Bill (as the most spiritual of the men) and, the other side of the coin, Bruce Dern as a Bible-thumping conscientious objector who walks the Belgian rubbles with his ragged band of revivalist deserters-followers. The terrific cinematography of the awesome European locations – courtesy of Henri Decae – is complimented by a fine Michel Legrand score and, when they finally come, spectacular battle sequences.

But it's the odd, surreal touches – including Scott Wilson falling in love with a Volkswagen, the same car rising from the sea after it has been drowned by his envious companions and floating ashore all by itself, the moving sequence between Tony Bill and an unseen German soldier (subsequently needlessly shot by Peter Falk) where the latter teaches the former how to play the flute correctly, the unusually realistic talk of fornication, sexual organs, impotence, the ambiguous (perhaps ghostly) nature of the characters involved and the events being enacted, etc. – which really make this show stand out from the crowd of WWII spectaculars and stick in one's memory – not to mention endear it to its legion of fans (who have famously decried online its original abominable pan-and-scan DVD incarnation, forcing Sony to re-release it in the correct Widescreen aspect ratio a mere four months later). The theme of the relevance of art in times of war brings forth comparisons to John Frankenheimer's THE TRAIN (1964), also starring Burt Lancaster, whose third (and final) collaboration with director Sydney Pollack – after the previous year's THE SCALPHUNTERS and THE SWIMMER (where Pollack replaced original director Frank Perry but goes uncredited) – this proved to be…perhaps as a result of the critical beating the film received upon its original release!

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