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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.

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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 bold bawdy novel comes to life! See more »


Certificate:

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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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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

In some scenes in the film, including the climactic battle at the castle, Major Falconer wears a tan "jump suit" jacket and pants uniform, usually only issued to paratroopers. See more »

Goofs

When the German light plane is shot down by Captain Beckman, the smoke is clearly coming from smoke canisters attached to its wheel struts and not from any other part of the plane. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Billy Byron Bix: [leading singing]
Sfc. Rossie Baker: Hey, you're waking everybody up! Go back to your outfit!
Lt. Billy Byron Bix: [singing subsides] Excuse me?
Sfc. Rossie Baker: You're waking everybody up, go back to your outfit.
Lt. Billy Byron Bix: We have no outfit. We've withdrawn. We don't believe in fighting.
Sfc. Rossie Baker: Well who believes in fighting?
Lt. Billy Byron Bix: We believe in God. That frightens you, doesn't it? All you believe in is fornication, and killing.
Sfc. Rossie Baker: What?
Lt. Billy Byron Bix: We're conscientious objectors!
Sfc. Rossie Baker: You mean, you conscientiously object to fornicating?
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Unique film about war years ahead of its time!
10 October 2003 | by miran_korSee all my reviews

Unusual (more realistic - and surrealistic - than in other films) point of view on horrors of war, good directing and a strong cast. I liked this film very much when I saw it about 25 years ago in the Cinématheque (long live Yugoslav and now Slovenian Kinoteka). Unfortunately, the copy wasn't as good as the film itself. There were some missing parts so I'd like to check out this one again.

What good movies Sydney Pollack made in his early days! I highly recommend his Slender Thread, The Scalphunters, They Shoot Horses..., Jeremiah Johnson and this one. Very unusual films for Hollywood standards, very brave, and as it seems timeless.

In an interview Mr. Pollack once said that he thinks Castle Keep was way ahead of its time. The audience wasn't ready to cope with such a look at war. I wonder if it is ready now? Castle Keep recommended to all non-formula film lovers around the world.

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