During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his remote 10th Century castle hoping a battle there against the advancing Germans will not lead to its destruction and all the heritage within.
Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions.
Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces.Written by
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Burt Lancaster wore a patch over a good right eye for his character. Peter Falk, having lost his right eye at age three, wore a glass eye. See more »
When the German light plane is shot down by Captain Beckman, the smoke is clearly coming from smoke canisters attached to its wheel struts and not from any other part of the plane. See more »
The Maldorais line must continue, and God must know where the Americans fit. Americans are brave, and that is why they seem like children. They are young, wild animals, so what can you expect?... I expect a child.
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A group of American soldiers defend an isolated castle against German soldiers.Castle Keep (1969) is an anti-war film directed by Syndey Pollack.The cast list looks quite handsome, starting from Burt Lancaster, who plays the one-eyed Major Falconer.Then we have Peter Falk playing Sergeant Rossi.Sadly we lost Peter, the great actor, last June at the age of 84.Patrick O'Neal plays Captain Lionel Beckman.Jean-Pierre Aumont is The Count of Maldorais.Scott Wilson is Corporal Clearboy.Tony Bill plays Lieutenant Amberjack.Al Freeman Jr. is Private Allistair Piersall Benjamin.Bruce Dern plays the part of pacifist Lieutenant Billy Byron Bix.This movie is quite surreal, maybe even to the point it turns against it.But there was something I liked in this movie.One quite interesting scene was the German flute expert in the bushes. And man's undying love for Volkswagen is something I can't remember seeing in any other movies.Not to forget Peter Falk and the breads.If you have seen many war films, and you want to see something different, then you should watch this.
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