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The Keeper (2018)

Trautmann (original title)
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The love story of a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy.
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Credited cast:
David Kross ... Bert Trautmann
Freya Mavor ... Margaret
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Jack Friar
Harry Melling ... Sergeant Smythe
Michael Socha ... Bill Twist
Dave Johns ... Roberts
Barbara Young ... Grandma Sarah
Chloe Harris Chloe Harris ... Betsy
Mikey Collins ... Alf Myers
Gary Lewis ... Jock Thompson
Dervla Kirwan ... Clarice Friar
Angus Barnett ... Clive Thornton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Befort ... Poll
Achim Bogdahn Achim Bogdahn ... Referee
Stephan Buschmann ... Spectator Fan from ManCity
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The Keeper tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility, and personal tragedy. While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of WWII, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert's prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team. Margaret and Bert's love blossoms despite local hostility and resentment of the German PoWs. In the meantime, Bert's heroics in goal are noticed by Manchester's City Football Club. Rather than going back to Germany like nearly all the other camp inmates, Bert marries Margaret and signs for Man City. His signing causes outrage to thousands of Man City fans, many of them Jewish. But Margaret wins support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Altmann, a Man City supporter who fled the Nazis, who publishes an open letter opposing the ...

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Er kam als Feind... Und wurde ihr Held. (He came as an enemy... And became their hero.)


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The Belfast football team Glentoran's stadium, the Oval was used for exterior shots covering as the old Maine Road football stadium. See more »

Goofs

Friar's trips to the camp to collect Bert are filmed in very hilly country, echoing the cliche of rural England. In actuality the landscape between St Helens and Makerfield, where Trautmann was interned, is fairly flat, and would have been quite industrial even at the time. See more »

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Bert Trautmann: I'd rather have danced with you than stood on the battlefield.
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Featured in Granada Reports: 21 March 2019: Late Bulletin (2019) See more »

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20 October 2019 | by kevin cSee all my reviews

Anglo-German production, TV-movie(ish); two-dimensional fare. But the amazing story and a dollop of charm, makes this a hell of a lot better than it should be.

This is a straightforward historical romance. But it's well played by Kross as Trautmann, and Mavor as his wife Margaret. And Henshaw gives a typically excellent performance as plain-speaking, Northern dad.

It should be terrible, but it's a really watchable film, and a very good football film to boot. The CGI recreation of 1950's football stadiums is amazing. It takes dramatic licence, but still brings home the Cup.


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Release Date:

14 March 2019 (Germany) See more »

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Munich, Germany See more »

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EUR11 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,916,514
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