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The Last Valley (1971)

GP  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  28 January 1971 (USA)
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People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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The Captain
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Erica
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Gruber
Per Oscarsson ...
Father Sebastian
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Hoffman
Madeleine Hinde ...
Inge (as Madeline Hinde)
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Pirelli
Miguel Alejandro ...
Julio
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Andreas
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Korski
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Graf
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Hansen
George Innes ...
Vornez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ...
Claus
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People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley. Written by <psh@otto.bf.rmit.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Michael Caine - Omar Sharif caught in the violence and savagery of a world burning with hate! See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

28 January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's The Last Valley  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)| (Eastmancolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

George MacDonald Fraser, a screenwriter of historical and adventure stories, who during the 1970s was hired to write an adapted screenplay of James Clavell's Tai-Pan (1986) novel which was not produced, once said of The Last Valley (1971): "The plot left me bewildered - in fact the whole bloody business is probably an excellent microcosm of the Thirty Years' War, with no clear picture of what is happening and half the cast ending up dead to no purpose. To that extent, it must be rated a successful film . . . As a drama, The Last Valley (1971) is not remarkable; as a reminder of what happened in Central Europe, 1618-48, and shaped the future of Germany, it reads an interesting lesson . . . Michael Caine . . . gives one of his best performances as the hard-bitten mercenary captain, nicely complemented by Omar Sharif as the personification of reason". See more »

Goofs

In a conversation outside her house, Gruber says to Erica "The snows have come ...". However, sunshine on the trees seen on the far of the valley shows no snow and the roof of Erica's building has no snow on it nor is any seen through the gaps in the roof. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: Make peace with whatever God you worship.
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Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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Superb examination of the interaction between peasants and soldiers
20 December 2001 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

As others have said, a really excellent film--intelligent, well-shot and acted, with historical background that mostly seems to be right on the money.

A few minor nits: I'm not sure that the Caine character, or most anyone, would be shouting "there is no God!" in the 1630's or 40's. And the humanism espoused by the Sharif character must have been quite rare in that day and age. Also, the ending is perhaps a bit heavy-handed in the way it drives home the moral of the story, about the pointlessness of warfare.

But all this is more than balanced by an intelligent screenplay and a highly engaging analysis of the dynamic between the peasants of the village and the soldiers. Reminded me quite a bit of The Seven Samurai, in fact, and compares well with the latter film (and *that* constitutes high praise).

Highly recommended.


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