Castle Keep (1969)

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Castle Keep is a 'firmly pro- and anti-war' 1969 American war film directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Bruce Dern, and Peter Falk. The movie appeared in the summer of 1969, a few months before the arrival of Pollack's smash hit They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. During the Battle of the Bulge, a ragtag squad of American soldiers, led by one-eyed Major Falconer (Lancaster) and including Sgt. Rossi (Falk), art expert Captain Beckman (O'Neal) and the narrator, Pvt. Allistair Benjiman (Al Freeman, Jr.), take shelter in an ancient castle, containing many priceless and irreplaceable art treasures, which the impotent Count hopes they will defend against the advancing Germans as well as, he also hopes, impregnate the Countess (Astrid Heeren) so that his line may continue. The film is based on a novel by William Eastlake published in 1969. The film opened to mixed reviews. Many felt Pollack's tale of war, while earnest, was a little unconvincing. Still others felt the film was farfetched in its story.

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