Castle Keep 1969 R CC

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Burt Lancaster, Peter Falk and Bruce Dern star in this extraordinary melding of war drama, satiric comedy and heroic action from director Sydney Pollack.

Starring:
Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Castle Keep

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance, Action, Comedy
Director Sydney Pollack
Starring Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal
Supporting actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Falk, Astrid Heeren, Scott Wilson, Tony Bill, Al Freeman Jr., James Patterson, Bruce Dern, Michael Conrad, Caterina Boratto, Elizabeth Teissier, Anne Marie Moskovenko, Merja Alanen, Olga Bisera, Eija Pokkinen, Elizabeth Darius, Karen Blanguernon, Marie Danube
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

If you like the film, READ THE BOOK!
K. R. Norton
There are some very surreal moments in the film, with many atypical sequences.
votok
This is a bad movie - don't waste your time.
D. Burns

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
As I saw this film and Midnight Clear again recently, I thought about Stanley Weintraub's book Silent Night in which he discusses a brief period prior to Christmas in 1914, on the battlefields of Flanders, when German and British soldiers spontaneously agreed to declare a truce and suspend fighting, thereby defying their commanding officers. Centuries ago, knights and their attendants would work with their enemies to clear a field for combat the next day. Such cooperation had an obvious practical value. That's not what interests Weintraub as he examines a temporary truce during one of the bloodiest wars ever fought. It had little (if any) practical or tactical value but it did (and does) suggest a human need which transcends military obligations. However, war is war. After a brief respite, the carnage inevitably resumes.
Directed by Sydney Pollack and based on William Eastlake's novel, it stars Burt Lancaster (Major Abraham Falconer), Patrick O'Neal (as Captain Lionel Beckman), and Peter Falk (as Sergeant Orlando Rossi). They and their five associates are in Belgium during the winter of 1944 when they seek some R&R in the 10th century castle of Count Henri Tixier and his wife, Countess Therese. The Count is impotent and desperate for his wife to produce a male heir. Falconer is an obvious candidate to help the Count achieve his objective. Meanwhile, the war in Europe continues, of course, but the castle keeps them safe from its dangers and deprivations.
While seeing this film the first time and then again recently, I felt as if I were dreaming that I had returned to the 1940s in a time machine, to Belgium near the end of World War Two.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sonicboy on April 24, 2000
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Burt Lancaster is poised,confident and unwavering in his devotion to duty as he leads a small squad of American soldiers in this unusual,intelligent film.A tenth-century castle filled with irreplacable art treasures is the focal point of the story.The Germans have broken through Allied lines near the castle,and battered American troops are rapidly retreating.Do Burt and his men also retreat and leave the castle and its treasures to the advancing Germans? Excellent verbal exchanges among the American soldiers and truly explosive combat sequences interwoven with touches of romance and art make this more than a "men only" movie.It dwells on many levels.A classic!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By votok on October 18, 2004
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A classic!

Sort of akin to the Wild Bunch in WWII in a Medieval Castle, this is an action film with tremendous performances, from the angst of the Castle Baron over fear for his treasure-filled palace to Burt Lancaster's grim ruthlessness and determination to stop the German onslaught at all costs. Patrick O'Neal turns in a great performance too as a well of pathos over the wanton destruction approaching. Ending Battle is both wrenching and astonishing. Not to be missed!

There are some very surreal moments in the film, with many atypical sequences. It's great that we will be able to enjoy this in Widescreen for it so richly deserves such a presentation. Many thanks to Columbia Tri-Star for listening to the fans!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
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This movie, and the book that inspired it, is a masterpiece. It is funny, tragic, surreal and true. It's an off-kilter take on world war II, art, civilization, and brotherhood. I loved the movie when it came out and was pleased when it finally appeared on video, purchasing it right away. It is exemplary film-making, from the photogrphy of Henri Decae, to the acting, the mise-en-scene, and the fine story.
I don't like to know much ahead of time about the story I'm going to see, and you may not either, so I'll just say that I envy you the experience of seeing this film for the first time. Don't miss it! END
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bdlion on November 20, 2004
Format: DVD
At times absurd and gut wrenching, this WW II allegory is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Some of the dialogue is outright funny and also ironic, but the movie is not played strictly for laughs. Indeed, the ending is both bleak and disheartening, but the action is relentless, uncompromising, and very violent.

I thought about the movie after it had ended, and wanted to watch it again. This is a movie that bears repeat viewings. Taken in its context of being released in 1969, the parallels to the futility of the Vietnam War are unmistakeable. As powerful an anti-war movie as PATHS OF GLORY and GO TELL THE SPARTANS (also starring Burt Lancaster...where's the DVD?), it is also a compelling adventure story filled with great perfomances (Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, and especially Peter Falk as a sergeant turned... baker!) and witty black humor tinged with non-sequitors and one-liners.

A must for war movie buffs, fans of Sydney Pollack, Burt Lancaster and Peter Falk, and lovers of over-the-top action/adventure. This edition just released is the anamorphic widescreen edition, which is far superior to the previous released pan and scan version.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T O'Brien on May 3, 2003
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Castle Keep is a very good war movie with an excellent storyline that is a little different from other war movies. The story takes place in the Ardennes during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. Eight walking wounded misfit Americans discover a castle whose count offers to let them stay there. The Americans must decide whether to stay and delay the Germans at the risk of destroying the beauty of the castle or just turning around and running for their own lines.
This movie boasts an excellent cast that includes Burt Lancaster, Peter Falk, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Tony Bill, Patrick O'Neal, and Bruce Dern. Lancaster gives another great performance as Major Falconer, the leader of the group. O'Neal is also very good as Captain Beckman, an art historian who wants to abandon the castle so it won't be destroyed by the advancing Germans. Another interesting performance is by Peter Falk as Sergeant Rossi, who disappears into the nearby town and becomes their baker. This movie has some anti-war messages, but at other times it is very funny. I hadn't heard of this movie before I saw it on TV, but it is very good. Well developed characters, good action, some humor, and an interesting if sometime out of place musical score. Either way this is a movie that is well worth watching.
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