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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
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 »
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 »
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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