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The Last Valley (1971)

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
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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
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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>

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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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GP | See all certifications »
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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)

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

During the attack in the forest above the valley, a man with an arm injury is being comforted by a fellow soldier. The wounded man is lying against a rock but when an enemy shoots at him in the next frame he is standing as is his friend who was also leaning against the rock in the previous frame. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: There is no Hell. Don't you understand? Because there is no God. There never was. Don't you understand? There is no God! It's a legend!
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Connections

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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