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Release Date:
28 January 1971 (USA) See more »
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From An Age of Conflict...A Film For The Ages See more »
Plot:
People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years'... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A forgotten film worth remembering See more (62 total) »

Cast

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Michael Caine ... The Captain

Omar Sharif ... Vogel

Florinda Bolkan ... Erica

Nigel Davenport ... Gruber
Per Oscarsson ... Father Sebastian

Arthur O'Connell ... Hoffman
Madeleine Hinde ... Inge (as Madeline Hinde)

Yorgo Voyagis ... Pirelli
Miguel Alejandro ... Julio

Christian Roberts ... Andreas

Brian Blessed ... Korski

Ian Hogg ... Graf

Michael Gothard ... Hansen
George Innes ... Vornez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ... Claus
Claudia Butenuth ... Helga
Paul Challen ... Zollner
Chris Chittell ... Svenson
Kurt Christian ... Tsarus
Dave Crowley ... Pastori
Holly du Marreck ... Little Girl
Mark Edwards ... Sernen
John Hallam ... Geddes
Frazer Hines ... Corg
Leon Lissek ... Czeraki
Andrew McCulloch ... Shutz
Michaela ... Peasant Girl
Seyton Pooley ... Nansen
Irene Prador ... Frau Hoffman

Jack Shepherd ... Eskesen
Vladek Sheybal ... Mathias
Larry Taylor ... Garnak
Edward Underdown ... Gnarled Peasant
Tony Vogel ... Tub
Patrick Westwood ... Rethman
Lisa De Jager ... Rape Victim (uncredited)

Mike Douglas ... Stoffel (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Pillager (uncredited)
Richard Graydon ... Yuri (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... Kaas (uncredited)
Terry Richards ... Norseman (uncredited)

Directed by
James Clavell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Clavell 
J.B. Pick  novel

Produced by
Martin Baum .... executive producer
James Clavell .... producer
Robert Porter .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Norman Warwick 
John Wilcox 
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Mullins 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marguerite Green .... production manager
Kent McPherron .... unit manager: Austria
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William P. Cartlidge .... assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... second assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Wolfgang Glattes .... assistant director: Austria
Stefan Zürcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted Clements .... assistant art director
John Paterson .... construction manager
Roy Forge Smith .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... dubbing editor
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
Bob Peck .... sound mixer
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pat Moore .... special effects
Ian Wingrove .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... visual effects
 
Stunts
John Sullivan .... stunt arranger
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Besche .... camera operator: second unit
Len Crowe .... gaffer
John Jay .... still photographer
Sergio Strizzi .... special still photographer
Herman Warwick .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Errol Le Cain .... animator: opening sequence (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Smith .... wardrobe (as Jim Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Lesley Walker .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Terence Churcher .... location manager
Wolfram Kohtz .... location manager
Midge Warnes .... production secretary
Maurice Zuberano .... special assistant
Harold Mendelsohn .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"James Clavell's The Last Valley" - USA (DVD box title)
"Last Valley" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Runtime:
Canada:125 min | USA:128 min
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Color (Eastmancolor and Technicolor) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (1971) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18 | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Final theatrical feature film to be produced or directed by novelist-screenwriter James Clavell.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:Make your peace with whatever God you have.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten film worth remembering, 3 September 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Filmed under the incredibly unwieldy and oh-so-Sixties title Somewhere in the Mountains There is a Last Valley and hindered by financing problems, The Last Valley marked the end of screenwriter James Clavell's directorial career and the beginning of the end of the thinking man's epic genre. Which is a great pity, because this almost completely forgotten Shangri-La tale set during the Thirty Years War, the last of the great European religious wars, deserves to be much better known despite the potentially disastrous miscasting of the two leads. Omar Sharif is no more anyone's ideal casting as a 17th Century German schoolteacher trying to talk his way out of a premature death than Michael Caine is anyone's idea of a German mercenary captain, yet despite a few moments unease at Caine's aksent (a dry run for the one he used in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), within moments you realise that against all odds both actors are delivering surprisingly sincere and well-judged performances.

From the main title animation that sees a cross split into two sword-wielding rival soldiers, it's not always a pretty picture, making few bones about the dirt, ugliness and squalor of the times, with Sharif's schoolteacher wandering from village massacre to plague pits before literally stumbling upon an unspoilt and unlooted valley. Unfortunately he stumbles across it at the same time as Caine's butt-ugly ragtag band of mercenaries, cutthroats, murderers, rapists, Papists, Protestants and atheists pillaging the countryside for supplies. Convincing them to spend the Winter there in comfort rather than see the valley's food gone in days if they share it among their army, he finds himself cast as an uneasy go-between trying to improvise and keep the fragile peace between the mercenaries and the villagers. But for all its beauty, the valley is no idyllic haven but just as riven with suspicion, prejudice and duplicity as the outside world as the two sides engage in a constant subtle power struggle: ultimately it is not the valley that is destroyed by the soldiers but the soldiers who are destroyed by the valley as they are reminded of the people they almost were. Even Sharif's intermediary has more to fear from the villagers than the soldiers.

A huge box-office flop in 1970 (in the States it quickly ended up as a second feature), it's far from a conventional epic. There are only a couple of action scenes, and only one of them qualifies as spectacular, while its characters are not major figures but human driftwood caught up in the wake of greater events and gradually rejecting the accepted religious and moral beliefs of their time. Instead of a triumphant tone, it's a melancholy picture about people trying to survive in the worst of all possible worlds, where moments of beauty are merely reminders of how much has been lost in the past rather than what could be in the future. John Barry's superb score, possibly his best ever, reflects this beautifully, alternating the savagery he displayed in his earlier The Lion in Winter with an incredibly beautiful theme for the valley. It's not a film for all tastes, but there's a melancholy magic there willing to look for it.

It's a shame that none of the extras-free DVD versions available do justice to the 65mm photography (though the sadly extras-free Region 1 MGM and Anchor Bay releases are at least widescreen, unlike the clumsily cropped UK release), but it's still a film that deserves to be sought out in its original widescreen ratio.

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