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Castle Keep (1969)

During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans.

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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The major took the castle and then he took its mistress! 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:

Das Schloß in den Ardennen See more »

Filming Locations:

Novi Sad, Serbia See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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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

Burt Lancaster wore a patch over a good right eye for his character. Peter Falk, having lost his right eye at age three, wore a glass eye. See more »

Goofs

When the soldiers push the VW into the moat, the passenger side window is open. The car sinks and then pops to the surface and floats (air tight and they really do float) ... but when it surfaces, the passenger window is up. Of course, the car would have stayed on the bottom, had the window been open. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Abraham Falconer: I understand you've been sleeping with the Volkswagen
Cpl. Clearboy: Yes sir, Is there a regulation against it sir?
Maj. Abraham Falconer: Yes
Cpl. Clearboy: Sodomy?
Maj. Abraham Falconer: That's animals, there's a regulation against using enemy equipment. Creates confusion.
Cpl. Clearboy: Sir, she's a beautiful car, sir
Maj. Abraham Falconer: You must love the Volkswagen very much Corporal Clearboy
Cpl. Clearboy: 36 Horses. No water, sir. Hides her engine in the rear, air cooled, no water, sir!
Maj. Abraham Falconer: Is the world suffering a water shortage Corporal Clearboy?
Cpl. Clearboy: Not now sir, but suppose this war just goes on and on and on and ...
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

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An eery semi realistic war movie set in fairy tale background
19 September 2003 | by wiseman188See all my reviews

Saw the movie yesterday. I liked the fact that there was noshow and glamour about the soldiers, they are dirty and tired, they actually look like a war is going on. The whole castle theme adds an interesting poetic dimension to the story. The characters are brilliantly developped, as there seems to be a personal quest to each and everyone of the squad, the yougster wants to go to the red queen, the local whorehouse etc... The count or baron and his wife are by far the trippiest characters, i didn t understand their story but they are some kind of magical couple in theire fairy tale castle. The wife Therese is mesmerizing as she is of outstanding beauty (Astrid Heelen). The combat sequences do not look fake, the tanks, and bazookas are cool. As I said it actually looks and sounds like war, with blood and explosions... It is a great movie for those of you who, like me, enjoy those artsy, semi fantastic retro movies with a beautifull female character.


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