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 ... 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 Stephan Buschmann ... Spectator Fan from ManCity


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.) See more »


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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 »


The movie takes great liberties with Trautmann's life as a prisoner and then football player in England. In the movie he is shown to being forced to play football while as a prisoner and was going to be forced to return to Germany until scouted by Manchester. In reality, when the war was over, he elected to stay in England and found work and joined a football team. See more »


Bert Trautmann: I'd rather have danced with you than stood on the battlefield.
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The Dying Of The Light
Written & Composed by Noel Gallagher (as Noel Thomas Gallagher)
Performed by Noel Gallagher
Published by Dead Leg Music / Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited
Courtesy of Sour Mash Records Ltd
By Arrangement with Tracks & Fields
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Based on a true story (with some poetic license of course)
1 May 2021 | by LiveLoveLeadSee all my reviews

The Keeper is based on the life of Bernhard Carl "Bert" Trautmann, a German professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Manchester City (1949-1964). The film is a journey through Bert's life, beginning when he was a German POW in England who falls in love with a local girl, while playing soccer for her father's team, and continues by exploring his eventful personal life and soccer career. Although there is some dramatic license taken, this film, in and of itself, is an enjoyable story of love, forgiveness, and a man who overcame incredible odds. The acting and cinematography are decent . The editing could have been better, but the story is inspiring and entertaining, IMHO! April 2021. (after you watch the movie, don't forget to check out the trivia section for some details on Bert and Margaret)

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2 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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