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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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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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28 January 1971 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's The Last Valley  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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

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Excellent and spectacular epic film set in the 17th-century during ¨Thirty Years War¨
7 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The movie is set during Thirty years war -1618 to 1648- epoch , finished with ¨Westfalia treatise¨. There had too much fights , destruction, hunger, deceases , the struggles between Catholics and Protestants were bloody and cruel , being dead thousands people .

The picture deals with a peaceable, hidden valley that has remained untouched by the war , there arrives some warriors who impose the terror at a pristine village : murders, rape , rampage, etc.

The good guys are Omar Sharif , Florinda Bolkan , Arthur O'Connell, while the bad and villain guys are Michael Caine , Michael Gothard, Brian Blessed , among others , everybody give awesome performances.

Colorful and appropriate cinematography by John Wilcox, Hammer's usual and it was shown in Cinerama venues, was the last film to use the Todd-AO system for principle photography . John Barry musical score is evocative and breathtaking . Intelligent writing based on a novel by Pick and magnificent direction by James Clavell (¨To Sir , with love¨ and ¨Where's Jack¨), also producer , however being an unfortunate flop.

Rating : Above average 7'5 .Well worth watching.


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