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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Trautmann was born on 22 October 1923 in Walle, a working class area in west Bremen, Germany. 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 »


Jack Friar: Look, it's all or nothing now. It's shit or bust. We can't afford to lose another game, so I want this Kraut to play for us. I've seen him play and I'm telling you, lads, he's the best goalkeeper that'll ever stand between them poles.
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Festival Of Sport
Written & Composed by John Reids
Performed by John Reids
Published by De Wolfe Music
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
By Arrangement with Tracks & Fields
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Should be better publicised
11 April 2019 | by JimthellamaSee all my reviews

One of the most enjoyable films of the year, whether or not you like football. Really good story, solidly told. Yet another film not getting the publicity or wide release it deserves.

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2 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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