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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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They Must Have Thought It Was Armegeddon See more (60 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)
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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 (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:
First of two collaborations of actors Omar Sharif and Michael Caine who both later worked together on Ashanti (1979) about eight years later.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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40 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
They Must Have Thought It Was Armegeddon, 29 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Last Valley, a serious historical and sociological drama, is just about the only English language feature film to deal with the Thirty Years War. It's about a valley that because of its inaccessibility escapes some of the ravages of that very brutal conflict.

17th century Europe was the century of the great religious conflicts between Catholic and the many Protestant faiths. The Catholic Hapsburg Holy Roman Empire was gradually losing its grip on more and more of the various little domains that made up their empire. More rulers and the populations of those small kingdoms were converting to either Lutheranism or Calvinism.

Of course the rest of Europe was concerned as to who would come out on top and from 1617 when the conflict first started, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Spain, just about everybody got involved one way or another. Religion was the key factor, but hardly the only one. France because her prime minister Cardinal Richelieu feared the Hapsburgs more than Protestantism allied themselves with the Protestant rulers.

The war itself was fought mostly in Germany, not Germany the nation, but Germany the geographical expression, just a place where the German language predominated. The German people, weak and disunited, were just prey for the other invading powers.

The looting and pillaging you see here is exactly what was going on in 1641 when scholar Omar Sharif who had lost his entire family and home to the war is now reduced to being a wandering beggar and stumbles into this valley which has escaped the struggle. Unfortunately following him in is Michael Caine with a company of mercenaries.

But Sharif talks Caine into doing winter quarters there instead of just sacking the place and moving on as per the norm for the day. An uneasy alliance is formed between, Sharif, Caine and his soldiers, head honcho in the town Nigel Davenport and priest Per Oscarsson.

The peasants here are hardly a noble lot, Sharif's very education makes him a figure of suspicion. Yet they're just ordinary folks trying to survive in a world that they must think is coming to an end. It would have not been out of the ordinary for them to believe that what they were seeing was Armegeddon.

The Thirty Years War is not something that is taught in American schools. I think because the United Kingdom was not involved in it. they had a nice struggle going between the crown and Parliament in the first half of that century and what became the original thirteen colonies of America were all being settled by various immigrant groups. The Last Valley is a tremendous educational tool for anyone teaching European history. We don't see any of the great figures of the war, what we do see is a glimpse into the peasant life of the period that once seen is unforgettable.

James Clavell who later wrote and directed Oriental epics like Shogun and Taipan wrote and directed The Last Valley. He and the rest of the cast and crew should be proud of being involved in a cinema masterpiece.

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