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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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This is a consistently strange, yet engaging film. See more (172 total) »


  (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)
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (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?

While it was released on VHS and laserdisc, it has never been release on DVD. It has been noted that Paramount was going to release it on DVD in 2004 but two reasons have stopped them from doing so. First, the studio wasn't able to obtain the rights of the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Second is that Michael Mann (who has disowned the film) forced the studio not to release it.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 »
Walking In The AirSee more »


Why hasn't this movie been released on DVD?
Why is the evil entity named Molasar?
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57 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
This is a consistently strange, yet engaging film., 12 August 1999
Author: A-Ron-2 from Storrs, CT

I wish that Mann had been a more experienced director when he tackled this really bizarre film, but all things considered it is really a damn fine movie. The soundtrack has some problems, but the dialogue and acting are so interesting that the faults of the film are balanced out. I especially enjoyed the conversations between Byrne's SS Major and Prochnow's German Army Captain. In fact, I almost wish that the majority of the film had dealt with this rather than the bizarre supernatural stuff. I really do advise this film to anyone that is interested in strange cinema. If you can get past the unfortunate flaws of the film, I think you will notice that it is actually a kind of fascinating little movie. I have seen it many times (first back in '85) and still find it a good watch (although most of my friends do not). In other words, this movie is not for everyone, but I thought it is quite interesting.

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