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The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

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
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Erich Kessler / Jürgen Mass
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Ernst Manfredi
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Commander Leighton
Richard Münch ...
Oberst (as Richard Munch)
Carl Rigg ...
Anthony Beaumont
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Frederick Leger (as Andre Penvern)
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Hartman (as Andrew Bradford)
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Lt. Miles
Alexander Kerst ...
Gen. Heinrich Clausen
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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 City 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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Holkroftova pogodba  »

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Opening Weekend:

$151,627 (USA) (20 October 1985)

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$393,825 (USA)
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The voice of Bernie Sussman on Holcroft's answering machine is John Frankenheimer. See more »

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In the latter part of the film, it is said that the Covenant has cost six lives, but the body count at that time is nine. See more »

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Leighton: Naughty, naughty, Mr. Holcroft. You mustn't speak to strangers. Could be harmful to the health.
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A watchable but not great thriller.
26 January 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

All of the elements for a great thriller are there. An outstanding director, John Frankenheimer, An excellent source author, Robert Ludlum and a great leading man for thrillers, Michael Caine. What went wrong? The biggest problem I had with this film was the cinematography. The film was grainy and the sub-titles were very hard to read when the actors were speaking German. There were plenty of the usual Ludlum plot twists and misdirections, but somehow the feel of this film was not up to the usual standards of Frankenheimer or Caine. A lot of it is just too kinky for most people, but an accurate portrayal of Berlin during the cold war years. It would have faired better had it been released ten years earlier rather than later. It does deserve an E for effort.


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