Castle Keep (1969)

Castle Keep (1969)

Castle Keep




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In this ribald wartime sex-comedy set in 1944 Belgium, an exhausted major and his tiny unit drag into an Ardennes Forest castle for some much-needed rest. The aristocratic owner of Castle Keep has married his niece, but is unable to produce an heir. Much troubled by this, he pleads with the major to father one for him. Meanwhile, the soldiers have a few sexual romps of their own until the enemy launches an all-out attack on the Keep in an effort to steal the fabulous treasures therein.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Eastlake, Daniel Taradash, David Rayfiel
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On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Castle Keep

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Apparent efforts to insert a fresh side of war by concentrating on some of its grim humor act more as a deterrent than a booster to interest.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

Pollack's folly remains an intriguing curio in spite of its pretensions.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a sometimes funny and entertaining movie that accomplishes the dubious feat of being both anti and pro war at the same time.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

There are some deliberate and successful moments of comedy that do not undercut the seriousness of the war, but effectively accommodate the more absurd moments.

March 10, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The dialog is very salty, but the action spotty.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

September 25, 2005
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for Castle Keep

A highly satirical and bizarre WWII film. The American soldiers or misfits are comprised of every stereotype (cowboy, indian, black, knight, etc). My personal favorite is when the cowboy falls in love with a Volkswagen. The film is far from cohesive, but it is well executed and entertaining.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


A well done, and underestimated early effort from Sydney Pollack, that is a stark depiction of the American soldier at war. Although the setting is Belgium during World War II it is assumed that Vietnam was the war on Pollacks mind while makig this film. 8 soldiers are sent away from the frontline to defend a 10th century castle from destruction at the hands of the Germans. None of these men really fit into the stereotype of fearless and patriotic soldiers, that was so common of war movies of the era (keep i mind that this was 10 years before Apocalpse Now.) Rather than being a film about war it seems to be a film about soldiers, their fears, their desires, their dreams etc. Only Major Falconer (Burt Lancaster) displays the characeristics of the 'war hero' here who will never surrender or retreat to the Germans. The res tof the men spend their time doing various things (going to a local whore house, baking bread, appreciating the art in the castle, playing music etc.) There is also sme effective, if a little heavy handed imager throughout this first half of the film as well. The second half is a very violent showdown between the American's and the German's. A battle to the death for this territory. The battle scenes are very well done and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. This film does have it's flaws. It feels uneven in terms of story, the artsier elements also get in the way of the message the film was trying to communicate, there were also some historical innaccurasies (not that big of a deal really, didn't affect my enjoyment of the film at all) that might bother history buffs. But at the end of the day this is a very enjoyable and unique war film that was way ahead of it's time. The dialouge is very amusing throughout, Henri Decae's cinematography was top notch, there is frequent Catch 22esque dark humour moments and the acting was all very good. Recommended if your looking for a different kind of war film.

Ed Fucking Harris

Super Reviewer

Unique and interesting war movie-- a real human-centric war movie. Focus is on these guys holed up in a castle, great little snippets of conversation and interactions that keep it really fresh. I'd much rather watch a movie focused on glimpses of personalities behind the uniforms than the tactics and philosophy of war.

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