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The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  18 October 1985 (USA)
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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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Noel Holcroft
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Johann von Tiebolt / Jonathan Tennyson
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Helden von Tiebolt / Helden Tennyson
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Althene Holcroft
Mario Adorf ...
Erich Kessler / Jürgen Mass
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Ernst Manfredi
Bernard Hepton ...
Commander Leighton
Richard Münch ...
Oberst (as Richard Munch)
Carl Rigg ...
Anthony Beaumont
André Penvern ...
Frederick Leger (as Andre Penvern)
Andy Bradford ...
Hartman (as Andrew Bradford)
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Lt. Miles
Alexander Kerst ...
Gen. Heinrich Clausen
Michael Wolf ...
Gen. Erich Kessler
Hugo Bower ...
Gen. Wilhelm von Tiebolt
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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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John Frankenheimer admitted to having a crush on Lilli Palmer when she was appearing on stage in "The Four Poster" in the 1950s and returned to see her numerous times in the play. He confessed his youthful infatuation to her when they worked together on The Holcroft Covenant (1985) and complimented her beauty despite the actress being in her 70s at the time. See more »

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Great action sequences let down by a bad screenplay
4 January 2002 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

The Holcroft Covenant have as far I know only received bad reviews... Knowing that, I nonetheless bought the film on DVD out of curiosity. I've a fondness for bad movies and I have an affection for the espionage genre.

The Holcroft Covenant is based on the novel by Robert Ludlum . I've read a couple of his novels and they can be, if one is in the right sort of mood, exciting.

The thing one has to remember is that Ludlum's novels is about conspiracies and complicated plots and not about characters. They are plot driven. And that more than often does not make for a compelling movie experience. Somehow that was not taken into account when the transition from novel to screenplay was made.

When you go to the movies you want to care about the people in it. That's basically a film's measure of success. And thus The Holcroft Covenant fails.

But John Frankenheimer is not the one to blame. Based on the material he was given, he made a fairly interesting movie which showcases his talent as an action director. At times excellent, but not overwrought like most of the action movies are today. But apart form the scenery and the action-sequences, the films weak point lies in its characters.

They are neither very believable nor interesting enough to hold your attention. Even the star of the movie Michael Caine, a seasoned heavyweight in the espionage genre, seems out of sync in this one.

If you don't expect too much , you'll be moderately entertained. But knowing that the film is made by veteran craftsmen like John Frankenheimer and George Axelrod, one tends to be a bit disappointed.

All in all I gave The Holcroft Covenant 6 out 10

Kind regards, paul






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