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Castle Keep (1969)

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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

William Eastlake (based on the novel by), Daniel Taradash (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Maj. Abraham Falconer
Patrick O'Neal ... Capt. Lionel Beckman
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Henri Tixier, Count of Maldorais
Peter Falk ... Sgt. Rossi
Astrid Heeren ... Therese
Scott Wilson ... Cpl. Clearboy
Tony Bill ... Lt. Amberjack
Al Freeman Jr. ... Pvt. Allistair Piersall Benjamin
James Patterson ... Elk
Bruce Dern ... Lt. Billy Byron Bix
Michael Conrad ... Sgt. DeVaca
Caterina Boratto ... Red Queen
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... Baker's Wife (as Bisera)
Elizabeth Teissier ... Red Queen Girl
Anne Marie Moskovenko Anne Marie Moskovenko ... Red Queen Girl
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Storyline

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 Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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The major took the castle and then he took its mistress! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle Keep See more »

Filming Locations:

Novi Sad, Serbia See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Count: 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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Featured in The Last Detail (1973) See more »

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Surreal war
26 October 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

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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