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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 ... 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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Scenes filmed in Ulster Street, Lurgan, Northern Ireland. See more »


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 »


Jack Friar: Hey, when was the last time we won 3-0? Tell me that, any of you. This lad could save us from relegation.
Margaret: This is not about football, Dad, and you know it. He's a German, you can't just ignore that. He's a bloody Nazi. He raised his arm like the others and shouted "Heil, Hitler!" But maybe you'd have raised yours if it'd stop the team getting relegated.
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Don't Drink and Jive
Composed by Gerd Baumann
arranged by Wolfgang Roth
performed by John Ferdinand and the B-stocks
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A Beautiful Cinematic Portrayal
29 December 2019 | by leonshiktoSee all my reviews

It is a beautiful story and I would say it was portrayed very well in this move. It serves a roller-coaster of emotions with its funny, romantic and tragic insights of the main characters life.

According to my rating strategy : Story : 1.5/2, Task Fulfillment : 1/1, Directing, Cinematography and Soundtrack : 1.5/2, Cast : 1.5/2, Wow Factor : 0.5/1, Viewer : 2/2 (Loved it)

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2 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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