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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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Complete credited cast:
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Inge (as Madeline Hinde)
Miguel Alejandro ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

28 January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's The Last Valley  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)| (Eastmancolor)

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2.20 : 1
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This film, which was shown in Cinerama venues, was the last film to use the Todd-AO system for principal photography, until Baraka (1992). See more »


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 »


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

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Memorable movie with excellent production values.
23 October 2002 | by (bahamas) – See all my reviews

The bad news is the critics savaged this movie when it first came out -everything from Michael Caine's German accent, to Omar Sharif's bedroom eyes to James Clavell's lyrical "Lost Horizon" take on the Thirty Years' War in Europe. The good news is that audiences loved the movie and each generation that rediscovers it recognizes what a terrific movie it really is. Fleeing from both the Black Plague and a savage, unending war, Omar Sharif stumbles onto a hidden valley in the Bavarian mountains, where everything is lush and untouched by outside influences. Then comes Michael Caine, leading a small band of savage mercenaries, who makes the valley his home for the Winter. Multiple themes of peace and war, religion and witchcraft. A well told story, gorgeous to look at, the valley itself is breathtaking. A haunting musical theme, a threatened love story, good action sequences, terrific acting, what more do you want? As happens all too often, the critics were wrong. Add this one to your video or DVD collection.

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