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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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Michael Caine's co-star in this espionage thriller, Lilli Palmer, had the same Palmer last name as his famous Harry Palmer spy film character. See more »

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

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Manfredi: Mr. Holcroft, your father was a complicated man, and the word complicated doesn't begin to describe him.
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A low point in the career of Frankenheimer and Caine, and one of the worst spy films from its era too.
28 January 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Holcroft Covenant takes its cue from a bestseller by the prolific Robert Ludlum. I've read the book and it's pretty good, with lots of globe trotting adventures and some startling twists and turns. It also takes upwards of 600 pages to tell its complex tale. The film version misses out most of the events from the book, yet tries in vain to remain faithful to the key plot points.... however, any film which tries to tell a 600 page story in less than two hours is doomed before it even begins. There's no surprise that this film is a muddled, intractable, poorly developed misfire. The story involves an inheritance in Nazi money which falls into the hands of several German descendants in the 1980s. The money is supposed to be a sort of compensation payment for the suffering and misery caused by WWII, but some of the inheritors are evil people and intend to use the money for nefarious purposes. Michael Caine plays one of the inheritors, Noel Holcroft (hence the title), and he sets out to ensure that it is used for good causes, but he finds that various others will kill to keep him from getting his hands on his rightful share.

The film is a terrible mess, and it's only too apparent that those involved were in it for the money. Every single performance is lazy. Frankenheimer once made great movies like The Manchurian Cnadidate and The French Connection 2, but here he is guilty of directing a listless hodge-podge that bears no trace of originality or flair. Caine has made too many bad movies, but this ranks amongst the very worst. No questions about it: this is a surefire low point for just about everyone involved.


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