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The Keep (1983)

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Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Glaeken
... Eva Cuza
... Woermann
... Father Fonescu
... Kaempffer
... Dr. Theodore Cuza
... Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
Royston Tickner ... Tomescu
... Radu Molasar
Phillip Joseph ... Oster
John Vine ... Lutz
Jona Jones ... Otto
... S.S. Adjutant
... Josefa
... Border Guard 1
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Storyline

Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening. Written by Brian House

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THEY WERE ALL DRAWN TO THE KEEP. The soldiers who brought death. The father and daughter fighting for life. The people who have always feared it. And the one man who knows its secret... THE KEEP Tonight, they will all face the evil.

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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Satans borg  »

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Trivia

Director Michael Mann's original cut of the film ran three and a half hours. See more »

Goofs

One of the German soldiers who opens the tomb accidentally nudges a fake boulder which slides away way to easily. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Klaus Woermann: [to a soldier, looking at the Keep] Your new home. How do you like it ?
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Crazy Credits

The Keep Production Pays Tribute To Wally Veevers See more »

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References Faust (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking In The Air
(a.k.a. "Theme From The Snowman")
Composed by Howard Blake
Rearranged and Performed by Tangerine Dream
Copyright Highbridge Music 1982
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sadly butchered in the editing process
2 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

My understanding is that Michael Mann produced a film which was about 3 hours long and spanned most of the book - keeping largely to the plot as written.

However that was deemed unreleasable- remember it isn't until recently that the powers that be have decided that cinema going audiences can cope with films of more than 90 minutes length.

So... the film was brutally cut down into the deeply bizarre and unintelligible mess which was subsequently released.

The question is: when are we going to get a fully and faithfully restored full length DVD reissue? Surely there would be a market for it? It could even get a cinematic release!


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