Castle Keep Movie Review 1969

Information and Film Reviews for Castle Keep the Movie

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One of the most bizarre war films ever made. Eight battle-weary American soldiers, led by a randy one-eyed major (Lancaster), make a defiant last stand in a fairytale medieval castle against the German assault on the Ardennes in WWII. Loopy surreal parable pushes past every boundary of good taste and stays enjoyable to the end. Full of great memorable characters and silly over-the top moments that almost always work, such as an impotent count (Aumont) pimping out his wife to German and American alike to keep the dynasty going, and a soldier (Falk) who takes over the local village bakery, waxing poetically about the superiority of bread to war. The whole film is absurdly done up in full sixties regalia and topped off with a loungy Michel Legrand soundtrack. A forgotten camp treasure.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

World War II, Anti-War War Movies, Art & Artists
David Rayfiel, Daniel Taradash
Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Falk, Astrid Heeren, Scott Wilson, Tony Bill, Bruce Dern, Al Freeman, James Patterson, Michael Conrad, Caterina Boratto, Olga Bisera, Harry Baird, Ernest Clark
Henri Decae
Sydney Pollack
Michel Legrand
John Calley, Martin Ransohoff, Columbia Pictures

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