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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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Director:
Writers:
F. Paul Wilson (novel)
Michael Mann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Best Entity ever committed to celluloid See more (168 total) »

Cast

  (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. Cuza / 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
 
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: Molabar
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)
 
Stunts
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: Molabar
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
 

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Runtime:
96 min | West Germany:91 min (video) | 210 min (original cut)
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Color:
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: One of the German soldiers who opens the tomb accidentally nudges a fake boulder which slides away way to easily.See more »
Quotes:
[Dr. Cuza meets the Demon of the Keep and explains Nazi aims to exterminate the Jews of Europe]
Dr. Cuza:Then, what you sense is my fate in a death camp?
Molasar:A place where people gather to die?
Dr. Cuza:A place where people are murdered!
Molasar:My people are murdered?
Dr. Cuza:Yes! And others, from all over Europe!
Molasar:Who does this?
Dr. Cuza:Their Leader... in Berlin. And the soldiers in black.
Molasar:I WILL DESTROY THEM!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Burn in Hell (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
GloriaSee more »

FAQ

Why hasn't this movie been released on DVD?
Why is the evil entity named Molasar?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Best Entity ever committed to celluloid, 4 July 2012
Author: amesmonde from Novelist of The Final Version

A few of a detachment of German Army soldiers are mysteriously murdered in a Romanian citadel - 1942. The SS arrives to investigate and put a stop to the killings. However, there is an evil force at work within the Keep which will do anything to escape.

The Keep is a high concept yarn. The initial find set up and shooting of the villagers are stand out moments. The visuals and effects are stylistic, strong lighting, wind machines, optical layers are very much of there day. The special make-up has a startling 'cool' look to it, the 'Molasar' and Trismegestus designs are particularly well executed. Notably are the cast which includes the likes of Gabriel Byrne and Robert Prosky. Jürgen Prochnow is on fine form as Captain Klaus Woermann, Scott Glenn is intense and Ian McKellen is memorable as Dr. Theodore Cuza. The sets are well crafted, the on location shoot adds credence to the WWII setting and costumes add to the believability.

Nevertheless, rather than being intriguing with a slow pace The Keep plods along without building any real tension or suspense. The editing is a little jumbled, it appears to be a mixture of good and bad takes leaving it somewhat disjointed especially in the final reel, it may have benefited from only using those 'good' takes with a shorter running time. Tangerine Dream's score is of its time but doesn't compliment the scenes, it's highly intrusive and takes away much of the atmosphere, subtlety and eeriness.

Even with director Michael Mann at the helm and given the excellent story based on F. Paul Wilson's novel and Mann's adequate screenplay it never gels together. It's not sure whether it wants to be an art house, MTV video piece or gritty supernatural. Should Mann had attempted this recently he may have been able to fuse it together satisfyingly. I suppose retrospect is a fine thing. Curiously, Mann's workprint ran for 3 hours, after the studio saw what he had they wanted it cut to no longer than 90 minutes and assigned it second-level advertising. Mann has since distanced himself from the film.

Through all its disjointedness The Keep is an interesting film with a strong mythical good versus evil theme that plays on old religious fables. Molasar (Michael Carter) is the most menacing evil entity/being ever committed to celluloid and it's a shame that this has fallen into obscurity robbing the character and The Keep of even cult status.

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