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Castle Keep (1969)

During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his remote 10th Century castle hoping a battle there against the advancing Germans will not lead to its destruction and all the heritage within.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

William Eastlake (based on the novel by), Daniel Taradash (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Maj. Abraham Falconer
Patrick O'Neal ... Capt. Lionel Beckman
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Henri Tixier, Count of Maldorais
Peter Falk ... Sgt. Rossi
Astrid Heeren ... Therese
Scott Wilson ... Cpl. Clearboy
Tony Bill ... Lt. Amberjack
Al Freeman Jr. ... Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
James Patterson ... Elk
Bruce Dern ... Lt. Billy Byron Bix
Michael Conrad ... Sgt. DeVaca
Caterina Boratto ... Red Queen
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... Baker's Wife (as Bisera)
Elizabeth Teissier ... Red Queen Girl
Anne Marie Moskovenko Anne Marie Moskovenko ... Red Queen Girl
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Storyline

Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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A one-eyed major and his oddball heroes fight a twentieth-century war in a tenth-century castle! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle Keep See more »

Filming Locations:

Novi Sad, Serbia See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The castle set in Yugoslavia blew up and burned to the ground. It was quite a surprise to the cast and crew. Sydney Pollack immediately grabbed the camera and shot what he could of the burning castle. See more »

Goofs

The bazooka they use is a Korean war era 3.5" version and not the WW II version. Also, the .30 and .50 cal ammo boxes seen occasionally were Viet Nam era designs and not WW II designs. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Abraham Falconer: When the German tanks get here, we'll have a reception. They're brave sons of bitches, and we should not allow their heroic actions to go unsung. They should all have a cocktail!
Red Queen: Cocktail?
Maj. Abraham Falconer: Cognac bottle filled with gasoline.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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realistic battle scenes
19 February 2000 | by tleedySee all my reviews

I've read the comments - sureal, dark comedy, etc. To me, and Lancaster is an all time favorite of mine, this film was fantastic from a military point of view. From the scene where Lancaster tells his Captain, "Get your ass on the roof and shoot that plane down" had me in grip. And, when the Germans' decide to attack, that first battle scene I felt like I was there. Breathtaking! I'm a military man, and this one had me at hello.


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