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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
Ian Hogg ...
Graf
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Hansen
George Innes ...
Vornez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ...
Claus
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Storyline

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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From An Age of Conflict...A Film For The Ages See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

28 January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó völgy  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Miller was booked to appear in this project while filming he died from a heart attack according to Brian Blessed. Edward Underdown took over the part Martin Miller was to play. See more »

Goofs

At c.112 minutes, as Vogel is running uphill in the woods, a large light source can briefly be seen ahead of him. See more »

Quotes

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

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User Reviews

 
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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