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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>

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Michael Caine - Omar Sharif caught in the violence and savagery of a world burning with hate! 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 Captain changes sides at least once during the war. To have participated in the sack of Magdeburg, he must've fought with the Imperialists. At the end of the film, he joins the army fighting against the Imperialists. Such fickle behaviour was far from uncommon among mercenaries of the period. See more »

Goofs

At c.112 minutes, as Vogel is running uphill in the woods, a large light source can briefly be seen ahead of him. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: There is no Hell. Don't you understand? Because there is no God. There never was. Don't you understand? There is no God! It's a legend!
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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Unforgettable movie
9 January 2014 | by hkfilmbuffSee all my reviews

Watched this when I was in college. The brutality and hypocrisy of man just hit you like a ton of bricks. The cinematography was breathtaking, even though most of the images were drab, grimy, and dark. It was not a pleasant experience, but eye-opening; and it is for this reason that even though I bought a copy of the DVD about 10 years ago, I have not been able to bring myself to watch it again.

As pointed out by others, John Barry's score was out of this world. At the time, I had only known him for the James Bond movies, then he gave us his masterpiece: "Out of Africa". He is right up there together with Maurice Jarre and Michel LeGrand. Coupled with the animated opening credits, it was the one jewel in the film that I don't mind watching again and again.

A solid cast: Michael Caine and Omar Sheriff, and the beautiful Florinda Bolkan. Director James Clavell is very talented, recognized his name in the opening credits when I watched the movie - having just read his novels "Tai- Pan" and "King Rat".

Not for the faint of heart.


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