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Castle Keep

This decidedly different war movie follows Maj. Abraham Falconer (Burt Lancaster), a tired, one-eyed Army officer, as he leads eight men into Belgium where they hope to take a much-needed rest at a 10th century castle. The master of the house, Henri Tixier (Jean-Pierre Aumont), welcomes them with a surprising degree of enthusiasm. Tixier is married to his young niece, Therese (Astrid Heeren), and the couple would like to have a child, but since Tixier is impotent, he has been unable to father one. He encourages Falconer to see if he can have better luck with Therese. The men under Falconer's command have more than a few escapades of their own, as Sgt. Rossi (Peter Falk) seduces the wife of a local baker, an art historian among them tries to protect the treasures of the castle, and a car buff becomes fascinated by his first encounter with a Volkswagen. Amidst the surreal fun and games at the castle, the soldiers make the most of their well-deserved vacation until an invasion of German troops puts them back on the firing line. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Castle Keep was based on a novel by William Eastlake.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
UPC: 0043396095205
Original Release: 1969
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Maj. Abraham Falconer
Patrick O'Neal Capt. Lionel Beckman
Jean-Pierre Aumont Henri Tixier, Comte de Maldorais
Peter Falk Sgt. Orlando Rossi
Scott Wilson Cpl. Ralph Clearboy
Bruce Dern Lt. Billy Byron Bix
Tony Bill Lieutenant Amberiack
Al Freeman Pfc. Alistair Benjamin
James Patterson Pvt. Henry Three Ears of an Elk
Michael Conrad Sgt de Vaca
Caterina Boratto The Red Queen
Astrid Heeren Therese, Contesse de Maldorais
Harry Baird Dancing Soldier
Ernest Clark British Colonel
Elizabeth Tessier The Red Queen's girl
Karen Blanguernon The Red Queen's girl

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
John Calley Producer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Max Douy Art Director
Marc Maurette Asst. Director
Charles Merangel Set Decoration/Design
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Mort Rabinowitz Art Director
Martin Ransohoff Producer
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Edward L. Rissien Producer
Dick Sanders Choreography
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:15]
2. Reconnaissance [9:42]
3. Young Wild Animals [8:50]
4. Art and History Lessons [10:11]
5. What We Do for a Living [11:28]
6. Germans Break Through [8:14]
7. Retreat Through Town [9:27]
8. Red Queen Cocktails [10:55]
9. Tank Trap [9:35]
10. First Wave [6:35]
11. "We're Screwed." [4:46]
12. Last Stand [10:10]

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