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The Last Valley (1971)

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director:

James Clavell

Writers:

James Clavell, J.B. Pick (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... The Captain
Omar Sharif ... Vogel
Florinda Bolkan ... Erica
Nigel Davenport ... Gruber
Per Oscarsson ... Father Sebastian
Arthur O'Connell ... Hoffman
Madeleine Hinde Madeleine Hinde ... Inge (as Madeline Hinde)
Yorgo Voyagis ... Pirelli
Miguel Alejandro Miguel Alejandro ... Julio
Christian Roberts ... Andreas
Brian Blessed ... Korski
Ian Hogg ... Graf
Michael Gothard ... Hansen
George Innes ... Vornez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ... Claus
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Storyline

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley. Written by <psh@otto.bf.rmit.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From An Age of Conflict...A Film For The Ages See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's The Last Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Gschnitz, Tirol, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$380,000, 31 December 1971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,280,000, 31 December 1971
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor and Technicolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "The Thirty Years War began in 1618. It started as a religious war - Catholics against Protestants. But in their relentless pursuit of power, princes of both faiths changed sides as it suited them and in the name of religion butchered Europe". See more »

Goofs

From the Captain's reference to the sack of Magdeburg being twelve years in the past, it follows that he and his men leave the valley in the spring of 1644. He states his intention to join the army of Prince Bernard of Saxe-Weimar - but Saxe-Weimar died in 1639. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: Make peace with whatever God you worship.
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Connections

Featured in The World According to Smith & Jones: The Tudors (1987) See more »

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Memorable movie with excellent production values.
23 October 2002 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

The bad news is the critics savaged this movie when it first came out -everything from Michael Caine's German accent, to Omar Sharif's bedroom eyes to James Clavell's lyrical "Lost Horizon" take on the Thirty Years' War in Europe. The good news is that audiences loved the movie and each generation that rediscovers it recognizes what a terrific movie it really is. Fleeing from both the Black Plague and a savage, unending war, Omar Sharif stumbles onto a hidden valley in the Bavarian mountains, where everything is lush and untouched by outside influences. Then comes Michael Caine, leading a small band of savage mercenaries, who makes the valley his home for the Winter. Multiple themes of peace and war, religion and witchcraft. A well told story, gorgeous to look at, the valley itself is breathtaking. A haunting musical theme, a threatened love story, good action sequences, terrific acting, what more do you want? As happens all too often, the critics were wrong. Add this one to your video or DVD collection.


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