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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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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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The Keep (1983) Review
 (From MoreHorror. 16 January 2014, 12:48 AM, PST)

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 (From HollywoodChicago.com. 3 January 2014, 8:45 AM, PST)

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The bad dreams of your keep are nursery rhymes in comparison. See more (164 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scott Glenn ... Glaeken Trismegestus

Alberta Watson ... Eva Cuza

Jürgen Prochnow ... Captain Klaus Woermann

Robert Prosky ... Father Mihail Fonescu

Gabriel Byrne ... Major Kaempffer

Ian McKellen ... Dr. Theodore Cuza

William Morgan Sheppard ... Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
Royston Tickner ... Tomescu
Phillip Joseph ... Sergeant Oster
Michael Carter ... Molasar
John Vine ... Lutz
Jona Jones ... Otto
Wolf Kahler ... S.S. Adjutant
Rosalie Crutchley ... Josefia
Frederick Warder ... Border Guard #1

Bruce Payne ... Border Guard #2
David Cardy ... Alexandru's Son
John Eastham ... Alexandru's Second Son
Philip Bloomfield ... Josefia's Son
Yashaw Adem ... Carlos
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:
Ian Ruskin ... S.S. Commando (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Mann 
 
Writing credits
F. Paul Wilson (novel)

Michael Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Brams .... associate producer
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 
Chris Kelly 
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
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Patrick Clayton .... production supervisor
Phil Sanderson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Paul Madigan .... first assistant director: second 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 .... propman: floor
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer
Dean Coldham .... plaster department
Denis Hopperton .... chargehand floor propman
Geoff Langley .... assistant construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... draughtsman
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Lucy Richardson .... assistant art director
Rosalind Shingleton .... draughtswoman
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
Leslie Tomkins .... art director: models
Peter Wilkinson .... assistant construction manager
Lawrie Ayres .... stand-by props: second unit (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... footstep 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 .... assistant sound editor
Terry Sharratt .... 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 .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Turner)
 
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce .... special effects technician (as Allan Bryce)
Kevin Herd .... special effects technician
Garth Inns .... special effects
John McGoldrick .... special effects technician
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects
 
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 .... second camera operator
Arthur Lavis .... unit cinematographer
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: USA
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... costume supervisor
June Kirby .... wardrobe assistant
Ken Lawton .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... associate editor (as Christopher Kelly)
Steve Maguire .... second assistant editor
Tony Palmer .... second assistant editor
Pamela Power .... additional editor
Phil Sanderson .... first assistant editor
Andy Stears .... assistant optical editor
Adam Unger .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
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: demon
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
Richard Padbury .... creature crew
Basil Somner .... location manager
John Bernard Wall .... production accountant
Kevin Westley .... set runner
David White .... creature crew
 

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Additional Details

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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:
Director Michael Mann's original cut of the film ran three and a half hours.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Einsatzkommondos of the SS always wore field grey Waffen-SS uniforms, not the black parade jacket with swastika armband as depicted in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Alexandru:There's a hundred and eight such crosses made of nickel imbedded in the walls of the Keep.
Captain Klaus Woermann:You counted them? Or is it something you tell your tour customers?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Walking In The AirSee more »

FAQ

Why hasn't this movie been released on DVD?
Why is the evil entity named Molasar?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The bad dreams of your keep are nursery rhymes in comparison., 27 October 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

It remains one of the most frustrating experiences for a Michael Mann fan to go through. The Keep is by definition a mixed bag, a collage of weirdness, tackiness and visual smarts that are great but in all honesty are in the wrong movie. It even boasts a cast of considerable talent, where Messrs Jürgen Prochnow, Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne lead off from the front. But the troubled production and numerous edits and cuts of the piece have left it as a scarred but fascinating oddity.

Based on F. Paul Wilson's novel of the same name, plot is set in World War II Romania. When members of the German army hole up at a Carpathian Castle, they get more than they ever could have bargained for when greed unleashes an evil demon upon all who dwell in the vicinity. In short order the German's are requested to seek out the aid of a Jewish historian (McKellen), who is freed from a death camp and hurried along to Carpathia to help the Nazis. Then there is the mysterious Glaeken Trismegestus (Glenn), a man of seriously scary eyes who is making a journey to the castle for the sake of humanity.

Now, there are a lot of reviews out there for The Keep, but since there are quite a few versions out there with different endings, it's difficult to know which one is being reviewed. But the over riding factor leans towards it being a mess of a movie. Wilson himself was greatly angered by the version he watched, which may well have been the original 3 hour plus cut? Calling it an incoherent monstrosity. This latest cut I saw was the "theatrical" version, complete with an extra "fan edit" ending, and I'm indebted to an on line friend and those "fans" who have given me the chance to see two endings that I hadn't seen before! Yet the one constant is Tangerine Dream's LSD inspired musical score!

Mann is early in his career here and trying his best to make something thematically potent and visually arresting, but it ultimately is done down by mixed ambitions and budget restrictions, where no amount of editing and fog machine usage can mask the problems. In fact it's now thought that Mann wasn't even directing come the second half of the movie?! It was an experience that would send him away from the big screen and into other work for the next few years. Thankfully for us Mann fans it proved to be a blessing in disguise, for he would return to make a serious mark on cinema from the director's chair. But with that still comes the disappointment that The Keep is not the thoughtful atmospheric classic that Mann envisaged when he started out to make it. 6/10

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