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The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

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The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Holcroft
Johann von Tiebolt / Jonathan Tennyson
Helden von Tiebolt / Helden Tennyson
Althene Holcroft
Erich Kessler / Jürgen Mass
Ernst Manfredi
Bernard Hepton ...
Commander Leighton
Richard Münch ...
Oberst (as Richard Munch)
Carl Rigg ...
Anthony Beaumont
Frederick Leger (as Andre Penvern)
Andy Bradford ...
Hartman (as Andrew Bradford)
Lt. Miles
Alexander Kerst ...
Gen. Heinrich Clausen
Michael Wolf ...
Gen. Erich Kessler
Hugo Bower ...
Gen. Wilhelm von Tiebolt


Noel Holcroft is a foreign-born American citizen working in New York as an architect. In Geneva he meets with a respected Swiss banker who tells him he has been designated to be executor of a huge 4 1/2 billion dollar trust fund designed to make reparations for the war crimes of the Nazis. Holcroft's father, who committed suicide in 1945, was a key Hitler financial advisor who became conscience-stricken about German war atrocities, turned against the Fuehrer, and covertly diverted Nazi funds to a secret Swiss account. Under the terms of the covenant Holcroft must locate the sons of his father's two associates so they can jointly activate their fathers' account. They battle the sinister forces seem to be trying to prevent them from signing the document as it is believed that it will be used to establish a Fourth Reich. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Holkroftova pogodba  »

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According to Michael Caine's auto-biography "What's It All About?" (1992), Caine said of his role, the "part had originally been given to James Caan and he had dropped out at the last moment, I had to finish Water (1985) on the Friday night, and whizz off to Berlin to start filming on the Monday morning. It all happened so quickly that I didn't even have time for a wardrobe fitting and wore my own clothes in the movie. Even more to the point, I didn't have time to read the script properly, and only too late did I realize that I couldn't understand the plot, so God help the poor audience who would eventually see it". See more »


The letter Manfredi gives Holcroft, despite being 40 years ago, looks brand new. See more »


Noel Holcroft: I have a friend who lives in the country, and it's supposed to be an hour from 42nd Street. A lie! The only thing that's an hour from 42nd Street is 43rd Street!
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Michael Caine must survive neo-Nazis so that he can use a $4.5 billion fund for good ends
17 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Holcroft Covenant" is a very strange movie. It is extremely silly for much of its running time. Michael Caine doesn't take it seriously and plays it jocularly. Some scenes are badly acted. Some characters are very unconvincing. The story line is incoherent. Finally, 80 minutes in, we get quite a good scene in which a neo-nazi reveals himself. The movie starts to gel at that point. But then again it flags and the very last scene wraps it up badly.

I may be liberal in giving it 5/10, but it is surely below par, and it's hard to believe that John Frankenheimer directed what is quite a mess.

Evidently they shot this without having a decent script in hand. The overall level of acting was weak, which might have a number of sources. Certainly the directing might have been the problem, or maybe some were miscast. The first team of supporting actors, so to speak, wasn't in this film, with Michael Lonsdale and Lili Palmer being exceptions.

What you can expect is pretty much confusion for quite awhile as the actors are forced to explain the very far-fetched premise. I have to assume that the book was able to handle this more effectively than the film. After all, it was a best seller. However, this premise makes absolutely no sense because the 3 generals who created the initial fund and the stipulation that it accumulate for 40 years before their heirs could manage it -- these generals had no way of knowing the positions of these heirs at that time. Their plot to resurrect a new dictator could not be managed from the grave.

Caine looks bemused as he waltzes through this mess. The confusion lends itself to another viewing. I still don't know or follow why certain events occurred. If you like such challenges, this picture provides them.

The foreign photography is nice and the interior set design is nice too.

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