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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

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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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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>

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

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Adventure | Drama | War

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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

Actor Edward Underdown replaced Martin Miller as the gnarled peasant after the latter died at the start of principal photography. See more »

Goofs

At c. 87 minutes there is a shot of the village band accompanying the festivities. Amongst those playing are a bagpipe player and a folk-violinist, neither of which are heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: Don't talk to me of God. We killed God at Magdeburg.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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One of John Barry's Finest Scores
28 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was first released in the UK, and that was a long time ago. As others have said, it was not well received by the critics and the public largely stayed away. I went to see it because it had Michael Caine in it and the music was by John Barry. Reasons enough I thought, and I wasn't wrong: it is a mesmerising movie with a well written story beautifully realised for the screen.

John Barry more than rose to the occasion; I think he must also have been greatly inspired by the images and story he was working to.

Now it is available on DVD for everyone to see, at last, and I can't recommend it highly enough. If you want more then have a look here http://www.silvascreen.co.uk/master.cfm?SilvaCode=FILMCD355&id=3466 where you can also get hold of a recreation of the complete original music score composed by John Barry, lovingly and accurately recreated by Nic Raine with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus.

What are you waiting for?


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