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The Keep (1983)

 -  Horror  -  16 December 1983 (USA)
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Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eva Cuza
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Father Fonescu
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Dr. Cuza / Dr. Theodore Cuza
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Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
Royston Tickner ...
Tomescu
Michael Carter ...
Radu Molasar
Phillip Joseph ...
Oster
John Vine ...
Lutz
Jona Jones ...
Otto
Wolf Kahler ...
S.S. Adjutant
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Josefa
Frederick Warder ...
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Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening. Written by Brian House

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THEY WERE ALL DRAWN TO THE KEEP. The soldiers who brought death. The father and daughter fighting for life. The people who have always feared it. And the one man who knows its secret... THE KEEP Tonight, they will all face the evil.

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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film's opening title card read: "Dinu Pass - Carpathian Alps - Romania - 1941". See more »

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The soldiers who remove the first cross are wearing 1941 Russian Winter Campaign medals in their button-holes, yet the film is set before this campaign took place. See more »

Quotes

Molasar: Obey me! Or I will return you to the diseased state I found you in!... and then I will slay BOTH of you!
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Referenced in Burn in Hell See more »

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Gloria
(from the Mass for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis)
Arranged by Tangerine Dream
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" We put extra guards, block the entrance and exists, it gets in anyway "
23 September 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It isn't too often, one sees a movie where the audience sees German soldiers of WWII fighting for their lives and a modem of sympathy is given them. In this story, a immensely powerful 500 year old evil being, which has been imprisoned within a mountain fortress is inadvertently released to threaten the world. A veteran German Officer, Captain Klaus Woermann (Jurgen Prochnow, superb acting) who has experienced his share of an insane War, is stationed in a strategic mountain pass, with a mountain Fortress called " The Keep". No sooner do his soldiers occupy the Keep, when they come under attack of the power which they let loose. Strange words appear to warn all that if they remain they are in peril of their lives. A highly educated professor, Dr. Theodore Cuza, (Ian McKellen) a scholar of ancient languages is call on to help, as is a mysterious stranger, (Scott Glenn) Glaeken Trismegestus who will battle the Evil on behalf of Humanity. The powerful black presence which grows more powerful by the day is not the only evil in the village. An equally menacing being is an S.S. Deathhead soldier, Major Kaempffer, who begins killing villagers indiscriminately. By the way the SS bad guy is played by none other than Gabriel Byrne, who gives a chilling performance as a fervent homicidal Nazi. William Sheppard, plays Alexandru who tries to explain the mysterious power of the keep. Together they create a mystical Classic for anyone who likes to be frightened. ****


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