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The Keep -- WWII German soldiers try to defend a Rumanian mountain pass by establishing headquarters in an ancient fortress - despite warnings about a strange presence inside. In HD.
The Keep -- Nazis guard a citadel that harbors a dangerous force that starts wreaking havoc and death upon them, forcing an uneasy alliance with a Jewish professional who can stop it.


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F. Paul Wilson (novel)
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Release Date:
16 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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.
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scott Glenn ... Glaeken

Alberta Watson ... Eva Cuza

Jürgen Prochnow ... Woermann

Robert Prosky ... Father Fonescu

Gabriel Byrne ... Kaempffer

Ian McKellen ... Dr. Theodore Cuza

William Morgan Sheppard ... 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 ... Border Guard 1

Bruce Payne ... Border Guard 2
David Cardy ... Alexandru's Son
John Eastham ... Alexandru's Second Son
Philip Bloomfield ... Josefa's Son
Yashaw Adem ... Carlos (as Yashar Adem)
Stephen Whittaker ... S.S. Commando
Stephen Jenn ... S.S. Commando
Benedick Blythe ... S.S. Commando
Robin Langford ... S.S. Commando
Renny Krupinski ... Wehrmacht Soldier

Peter Guinness ... Wehrmacht Soldier
Sean Baker ... Wehrmacht Soldier
Timothy Block ... Wehrmacht Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Morse ... Wehrmacht Soldier (uncredited)
Ian Ruskin ... S.S. Commando (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Mann 
Writing credits
F. Paul Wilson (novel)

Michael Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Brams .... associate producer: post-production
Colin M. Brewer .... executive producer
Theresa Curtin .... associate producer
Gene Kirkwood .... producer
Hawk Koch .... producer (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Gavin MacFadyen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dov Hoenig 
Tony Palmer (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Alan Tomkins 
Herbert Westbrook 
Set Decoration by
Michael Seirton 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
Makeup Department
Jan Dorman .... hairdresser
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Joyce James .... hairdresser
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Nick Maley .... makeup designer
Nick Maley .... makeup effects supervisor
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... chief hairdresser
David White .... assistant to makeup effect artist Nick Maley (uncredited)
Production Management
Patrick Clayton .... production supervisor
Phil Sanderson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Paul Madigan .... assistant director: (2nd unit )
Callum McDougall .... third assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Vic Smith .... second assistant director
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Peter Benson .... floor property man
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer
Dean Coldham .... plaster department
Denis Hopperton .... chargehand floor property man
Geoff Langley .... assistant construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... draughtsman
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Lucy Richardson .... art department assistant
Lucy Richardson .... assistant art director
Rosalind Shingleton .... draughtswoman
Bill Stallion .... sketch artist
Leslie Tomkins .... art director: (models )
Peter Wilkinson .... assistant construction manager
Lawrie Ayres .... stand-by props: second unit (uncredited)
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... footsteps editor
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer
Peter Horrocks .... dialogue editor
John Iles .... consultant: dolby sound
Stephen Janisz .... assistant sound editor
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
Peter Pennell .... additional sound editor
Terry Sharratt .... sound boom operator
Stephen Spencer .... assistant sound editor
Jeremy Strachan .... assistant dialogue editor
Graham Sutton .... assistant footsteps editor
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Doug E. Turner .... re-recording mixer (as Doug Turner)
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce .... special effects technician (as Allan Bryce)
Garth Inns .... special effects
John McGoldrick .... special effects technician
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects
Roger Simons .... smoke effects: Molasar
Kevin Herd .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robin Browne .... visual effects supervisor
Roy Carnell .... matte camera operator
Ron Crees .... matte cameraman
Doug Ferris .... matte artist
Roy Field .... optical effects
Denis Fitzgibbons .... matte camera operator (as Denis Fitzgibbon)
John Fletcher .... visual effects focus puller
Stuart Galloway .... matte camera operator
Denis Hall .... optical effects
Jamie Harcourt .... optical camera operator
Keith Holland .... matte camera operator
John Palmer .... matte cameraman
Keith Thomas .... visual effects focus puller
John Turner .... matte camera operator (as John Turner-Grant)
Wally Veevers .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Worringham .... optical camera operator
Martyn Hall .... visual effects (uncredited)
Keith Holland .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Paddy Ryan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Graham Attwood .... still photographer
Dave Clarke .... supervising electrician (as David Clarke)
Wick Finch .... electrician
Anthony Gaudioz .... focus puller (as Tony Gaudioz)
Bill Geddes .... camera grip
John Golding .... camera operator
Arthur Lavis .... director of photography: second unit
Shaun O'Dell .... camera operator
Shane O'Neill .... clapper/loader
Steve Parker .... assistant camera
Dave Ridout .... electrician
Peter Robinson .... focus puller
Andrew Shields .... video playback operator
Gary Spratling .... clapper/loader
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Micky Wilson .... electrician
Animation Department
Ann Ducommun .... assistant animator
Casting Department
Noel Davis .... casting: (U.K. )
Nancy Klopper .... casting: (U.S.A. )
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: (U.S.A. )
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
June Kirby .... wardrobe assistant
Ken Lawton .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... associate editor (as Christopher Kelly)
Steve Maguire .... second assistant film editor
Tony Palmer .... second assistant film editor
Pamela Power .... additional picture editor
Phil Sanderson .... first assistant film editor
Andy Stears .... assistant optical editor
Adam Unger .... second assistant film editor
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Gordon Greenaway .... assistant music editor
Laurie Anderson .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... transportation captain
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialogue coach
Enki Bilal .... illustrator: Molasar
John Carr .... laser effects
Bryan Coates .... location manager
Vicki Deason .... production assistant (as Vicki Manning)
Ann Edwards .... continuity
Ken Goddard .... laser effects
Denise Horsham .... creature crew
Aneuryn Jones .... animal supplier: North Wales
Bob Keen .... creature crew
Doreen Landry .... unit publicist
Nick Maley .... creature designer
Nick Maley .... prosthetics designer
Andrew Mollo .... historical consultant
Josephine Olive-O'Neill .... assistant production accountant (as Josephine O'Neill)
Christine Overs .... creature crew
Christine Overs .... makeup effects modellers
Richard Padbury .... creature crew
Richard Padbury .... makeup effects modellers
Basil Somner .... location manager
John Bernard Wall .... production accountant
Kevin Westley .... set runner
David White .... creature crew
Wally Veevers .... the keep production pays tribute to

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
96 min | West Germany:91 min (video)
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The set of 'The Keep' was built in an disused abandoned former slate quarry at Glyn Rhonwy near Llanberis in North Wales. Some interiors of 'The Keep' were filmed inside the natural stonework of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns near the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd, Wales. Director Michael Mann once described the set by saying: "It's a black monumental structure that might have been built by a medieval Albert Speer."See more »
Continuity: The arm that Glaeken reaches out with to kiss Eva for the first time.See more »
[first lines]
Captain Klaus Woermann:[to a soldier, looking at the Keep] Your new home. How do you like it ?
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Movie Connections:
References The Golem (1915)See more »
GloriaSee more »


Why hasn't this movie been released on DVD?
Why is the evil entity named Molasar?
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60 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Uneven Art House Horror, 3 November 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Some people mention movies like LORD OF THE RINGS and BLACK HAWK DOWN as being extremely poor stories saved by their technical truimphs and watching THE KEEP I can understand where they`re coming from . This is a visually striking atmospheric movie with a rather confused and under developed script

All the best aspects of THE KEEP are mainly to do with what`s on screen . Alex Thomson`s cinematography is awesome , check out the scene of the fishing boat sailing into the rising sun , or the full moon shining out from behind the clouds or that fantastic scene where Lutz looks into the cavern as the camera pans back for almost a full minute . Michael Mann brings an unspeakably doomladen atmosphere to the movie and manages a quite remarkable image featuring the initial appearance of Molasar . Considering the budget is only 6 million dollars the special effects are quite good for this scene featuring an image of smoke , light and a haunting soundtrack . Mind you this one of the very few instances where Tangerine Dreams synth soundtrack is successful , elsewhere in the movie it`s very inappropiate . The acting too is a mixed bag . Most of the cast are merely okay while Gabriel Byrne plays just about the most blood chilling and convincing Nazi I`ve ever seen in a movie , but Scott Glen is wooden and Ian McKellen gives an awful performance as Dr Cuza , a Jewish intellectual who seems to have all the speech patterns and mannerisms of a Hollywood producer . Having said that it is interesting to see McKellen play someone who goes through a character arc similar to the one Frodo goes through in THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Michael Mann`s treatment of the screenplay is far less successful than his directing . A gestapo death squad battle against a monster , er so who are we supposed to root for ? During the war even some hardened Waffen SS men despised these murder squads and this is echoed by the character interaction between Captain Woermann and Major Kaempffer . However it turns out Woermann has profoundly anti fascist ideals in a conversation with Dr Cuza which means he stops being a character and becomes a cliche . Was everyone in Germany at this time either a Nazi or an anti Nazi with no in between ? I just wish Mann had blurred the lines a little . It should also be pointed out that Woermann`s first words of dialogue actually do sound like they come from a Nazi stormtrooper which indicates Mann has written inconsistently for the character . Another serious error with the screenplay is that it`s never really explained who Glaeken and Molasar are . Some people have described Molasar as a Golem , but he`s not . A Golem is basically a clay statue from Jewish folklore not as is Molasar an ethereal being of great power . Of course it could be that because Molasar needs Cuza`s help he appears to Cuza as a Golem but once again this seems to confused a lot of people due to the script , and I`m puzzled as to how Glaeken fits into all this . When adapting a screenplay everything should be made clear on screen to everybody , not just to people who have read the source novel

I gave THE KEEP seven out of ten mainly due to the technical achievements ( Remember this only cost $6 million ) but a word of warning only watch this if it`s in a widescreen letterbox format . I saw this on Sky movies the other night and a poor quality scanned version was used which meant the visual impact was totally absent

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