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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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Doom Patrol See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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Runtime:
Canada:125 min | USA:128 min
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Color:
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:
Edward Underdown is dubbed.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: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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971)See more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Doom Patrol, 16 July 2001
Author: robotman-1 from fredericksburg va

This is a movie made during a time when writers, novelists, like Clavell and Crichton, were allowed to make their own films. What you have are literate, probing plots and stories, sometimes failed by low budgets or

lack of experience. With LAST VALLEY, there's an otherworldly quality to Clavell's work, steepled in strict historical fact; Clavell postulates a fantasy valley where humans live hidden from the brutality and horror of war; they are genetic angels, of a sort, but those in control are wise to the ways of a world ruled by knife. A band of soldiers, lacking a country or

home to call their home, caught in the hurricane of this war, stumble into a seeming Elysian Fields and begin to infect it with pragmatic survival and certain doom. The ways of human beings as a mass descend on the slight-populated community.

People criticize the film as dark, equating realism. Fact is, Clavell shows a contrast between the world Michael Caine, as the Captain, knows and is scarred by, and the hidden land in which beautiful women and children are protected, fed and safe. Caine's Captain has been a wanton butcher in the war, the murderer of women and children. Yet he only understands the quality of this paradise after he has nearly destroyed it.

The most telling sequences are those in which these men from outside the hidden land, knowing the damage they are causing to this one place where beautiful women can live unraped and men as equals, are forced to leave. The women in love with them wish to accompany them into the horror the men know. Caine, in particular, leaves his lover under a false sense of security, believing she will be safe. His heart-breaking understanding of this woman's loyalty to him, bred in her by a hidden land where love can be expressed devoid of force and tragedy, comes only in the end; his last touch with this lover is with a glove made of armor, outfitted for the killing he will do once he leaves the valley and rejoins the war.

There is probably the great performance of Caine's career up on screen in this film. Outside of GET CARTER, you'll never see Caine inhabit a role more fully. Even if the scope of the story gets away from Clavell at the end, and could have benefitted from the expanded format of SHOGUN say, this is a big-time view of a great actor in Caine and a literate script from Clavell that will, without doubt, remain fixed in the mind.

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