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.
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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
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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 »
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 »
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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