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The Keeper (2018)

Trautmann (original title)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

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
Butz Ulrich Buse ... Rabbi Altmann
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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 the 2nd WW, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team notices a 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's 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 Man City. 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, publishes an open letter opposing the campaign against ...

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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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UK | Germany

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English | German

Release Date:

14 March 2019 (Germany) See more »

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€11 (estimated)
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Scenes filmed also in Munich and Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. See more »

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Featured in Granada Reports: 21 March 2019: Late Bulletin (2019) See more »

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Brilliant!
22 March 2019 | by mike_lowe_1See all my reviews

A truly heartwarming story of reconciliation and the human condition. I watched this film in the Cinema in St. Helens. A town that is close to my heart and that features in Bert Trautmann's story before his time playing for Manchester City.

This movie is about so much more than football. I'm largely disinterested in the beautiful game but even I was bowled over by the brilliant humour and heartwarming story of redemption and reconciliation.

Watch this movie, tell your friends about it and talk about it. It deserves to be seen both on its own merit and as one of the few films to represent working class northerners in a human light, displaying their unique sense of humour and kindness as well as dealing with the emotional fallout of war in a mature way.


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