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The Keep (1983)

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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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Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
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Radu Molasar
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Oster
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Otto
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S.S. Adjutant
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Josefa
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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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Michael Mann referred in a 1983 interview to psychologist Bruno Bettelheim's "The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" (published 1976) as an inspiration for The Keep (1983): Mann said about his film "...it's very much a magical, dream-like, fairy-tale reality." See more »

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When the two soldiers are ripping the cross from the wall you can see the whole 'stone' wall flexing. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Klaus Woermann: [to a soldier, looking at the Keep] Your new home. How do you like it ?
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The Keep Production Pays Tribute To Wally Veevers See more »

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References The Golem (1920) See more »

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Gloria
(from the Mass for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis)
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An interesting, though muddled, adaptation of F. Paul Wilson's top notch novel
9 January 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Keep is weird. It has extraordinary visuals and some powerful sequences, but a bit too much of the action is tricky to follow because the scripting is muddled and some of the dialogue is delivered in an inexpressive and unclear manner. The film is based on a book by F. Paul Wilson, which is one of my all-time favourite novels.

The action revolves around a forbidding Romanian fortress set in a hillside. It is occupied by German soldiers during WWII, but the soldiers are foolish enough to disturb some of the glowing crosses embedded into the walls. From within the keep, an ancient and powerful evil force is unleashed, and only a mysterious drifter called Glaeken (Scott Glenn) knows what it is and how to destroy it.

The scene in which the evil is released is brilliant. Two soldiers venture into the inner depths of the keep, and one is mutilated by the unseen power. Another terrifc scene involves old cripple Ian McKellen being given a new lease of youth by the evil force. There's also a beautiful and erotic love scene between Glenn and Alberta Watson. Other aspects of the film aren't so good. As mentioned, there's a lack of clarity in the story telling. Also, the final conflict between Glenn and the evil force is hasty and under-developed. The pace of the film suffers from a slow and rather uninspiring opening half-hour. However, genreally speaking, The Keep is worth watching, especially if you're a fan of the book.


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