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The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

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The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Robert Ludlum (novel), George Axelrod (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Noel Holcroft
Anthony Andrews ... Johann von Tiebolt / Jonathan Tennyson
Victoria Tennant ... Helden von Tiebolt / Helden Tennyson
Lilli Palmer ... Althene Holcroft
Mario Adorf ... Erich Kessler / Jürgen Mass
Michael Lonsdale ... Ernst Manfredi
Bernard Hepton ... Commander Leighton
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Oberst (as Richard Munch)
Carl Rigg ... Anthony Beaumont
André Penvern ... Frederick Leger (as Andre Penvern)
Andy Bradford ... Hartman (as Andrew Bradford)
Shane Rimmer ... Lt. Miles
Alexander Kerst ... Gen. Heinrich Clausen
Michael Wolf ... Gen. Erich Kessler
Hugo Bower Hugo Bower ... Gen. Wilhelm von Tiebolt
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Storyline

Noel Holcroft is a foreign-born American citizen working in New York City as an architect. In Geneva, he meets with a respected Swiss banker who tells him he has been designated to be executor of a huge four and a half billion dollar trust fund designed to make reparations for the war crimes of the Nazis. Holcroft's father, who committed suicide in 1945, was a key Hitler financial advisor, who became conscience-stricken about German war atrocities, turned against the Führer, and covertly diverted Nazi funds to a secret Swiss account. Under the terms of the covenant, Holcroft must locate the sons of his father's two associates so they can jointly activate their fathers' account. They battle the sinister forces seem to be trying to prevent them from signing the document, as it is believed that it will be used to establish a Fourth Reich. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Serbian

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holcroft Covenant See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,627, 20 October 1985

Gross USA:

$393,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$393,825
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Onscreen and Undercover: The Ultimate Book of Movie Espionage" (2006) by Wesley Britton, "(Sir Michael) Caine didn't like the film. He signed on because the director was to be John Frankenheimer, the man behind one of Caine's favorite films, The Manchurian Candidate (1962). At first, James Caan was to play Holcroft, but pulled out at the last minute. Caine was in wardrobe before he ever saw the script, which he found incomprehensible." See more »

Goofs

Michael Caine's New York apartment has stairs in front because a London location was used. Manhattan apartment houses do not have a flight of stairs in front. See more »

Quotes

[He spots a car tailing them]
Noel Holcroft: Probably just another Sunday driver. But on the other hand, as it is Tuesday, why don't you put your foot on the gas and see what happens.
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Alternate Versions

International prints open with "The Cannon Group Presents" as the first title. This was because Cannon were in the process of taking over Thorn EMI -- the studio behind the pic. See more »

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Watchable
19 November 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I have not read the novel(though I'd like to, as well as other books by Ludlum), so I cannot draw comparisons, but I do understand that this adaptation does not stick that closely to the source material. And this continues my running tradition of me getting the lesser of the films that Frankenheimer directed. Seriously, Ronin, Reindeer Games, and now this... on the plus side, Ambush was awesome, and Path to War was excellent. This one is fine, not great. Editing and cinematography are reasonable, and this does have a couple of sophisticated moments. The plot is interesting enough. This is well-paced, and there are exciting and tense scenes. The music helps to ensure that the mood is established, and it arguably tries too hard at times, revealing itself to be manipulative. Caine is impeccable, as usual, and the acting in general is quite good. The dialog holds numerous well-delivered lines that are marvelous, memorable and worth quoting. There is moderate to strong language in this, a little disturbing content and some mild violence. I recommend this to the biggest fans of John and Michael. 6/10


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