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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:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The 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

At c. 87 minutes there is a shot of the village band accompanying the festivities. Amongst those playing are a bagpipe player and a folk-violinist, neither of which are heard on the soundtrack. 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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Featured in The World According to Smith & Jones: The Tudors (1987) See more »

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Excellent and spectacular epic film set in the 17th-century during ¨Thirty Years War¨
7 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie is set during Thirty years war -1618 to 1648- epoch , finished with ¨Westfalia treatise¨. There had too much fights , destruction, hunger, deceases , the struggles between Catholics and Protestants were bloody and cruel , being dead thousands people .

The picture deals with a peaceable, hidden valley that has remained untouched by the war , there arrives some warriors who impose the terror at a pristine village : murders, rape , rampage, etc.

The good guys are Omar Sharif , Florinda Bolkan , Arthur O'Connell, while the bad and villain guys are Michael Caine , Michael Gothard, Brian Blessed , among others , everybody give awesome performances.

Colorful and appropriate cinematography by John Wilcox, Hammer's usual and it was shown in Cinerama venues, was the last film to use the Todd-AO system for principle photography . John Barry musical score is evocative and breathtaking . Intelligent writing based on a novel by Pick and magnificent direction by James Clavell (¨To Sir , with love¨ and ¨Where's Jack¨), also producer , however being an unfortunate flop.

Rating : Above average 7'5 .Well worth watching.


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Country:

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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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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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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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