Castle Keep Reviews

  • Feb 06, 2018

    This was a great film and difficult to work on in POST-PRODUCTION. I worked on it - TIMING at Technicolor Studios in Hollywood!

    This was a great film and difficult to work on in POST-PRODUCTION. I worked on it - TIMING at Technicolor Studios in Hollywood!

  • Aug 27, 2017

    Castle Keep is a disappointing film. It is about a count who shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans during the Battle of the Bugle. Burt Lancaster and Patrick O'Neal give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Sydney Pollack did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

    Castle Keep is a disappointing film. It is about a count who shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans during the Battle of the Bugle. Burt Lancaster and Patrick O'Neal give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Sydney Pollack did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

  • Jul 19, 2016

    Slow and boring movie set in WW2. A group of 8 soldiers led by Burt Lancaster was in the forest and met a Count Jean-Pierre Aumont. They stay in his castle and Burt has sexual affair with his wife Astrid Heeren (really classy and beautiful). Jean-Pierre allows it because he can't have erection and want a heir. Patrick O'Neal is trying to salvage the art pieces in the castle. As enemies advance nearer, Burt decide to defend the castle. First they go into town to recruit more soldiers but the enemies attack and they almost can't make it. Then they return to the castle for defense. Holding out till the last breath, Burt order Al Freeman Jr. to save Astrid and leave the castle via a secret tunnel. Everyone else died in the battle and the castle is totally destroy in the battle.

    Slow and boring movie set in WW2. A group of 8 soldiers led by Burt Lancaster was in the forest and met a Count Jean-Pierre Aumont. They stay in his castle and Burt has sexual affair with his wife Astrid Heeren (really classy and beautiful). Jean-Pierre allows it because he can't have erection and want a heir. Patrick O'Neal is trying to salvage the art pieces in the castle. As enemies advance nearer, Burt decide to defend the castle. First they go into town to recruit more soldiers but the enemies attack and they almost can't make it. Then they return to the castle for defense. Holding out till the last breath, Burt order Al Freeman Jr. to save Astrid and leave the castle via a secret tunnel. Everyone else died in the battle and the castle is totally destroy in the battle.

  • Nov 27, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 18, 2013

    This is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. It has a certain 60s flavor, a dream like quality of a surreal experience of the 2d World War. Best explained, it seems to be a cross between "Kelly's Heroes" and "Barbarella".

    This is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. It has a certain 60s flavor, a dream like quality of a surreal experience of the 2d World War. Best explained, it seems to be a cross between "Kelly's Heroes" and "Barbarella".

  • Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
    Mar 26, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 03, 2011

    Astrid Heeren is well hot as the Countess who sleeps with Burt Lancaster's character.

    Astrid Heeren is well hot as the Countess who sleeps with Burt Lancaster's character.

  • Stefanie C Super Reviewer
    Sep 21, 2010

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2010

    Foresta delle Ardenne, 1944; durante la seconda guerra mondiale un drappello di otto soldati americani, comandato dal Maggiore Abraham Falconer (Burt Lancaster), riceve l'ordine di tenere una posizione nei pressi di Saint Croix, non lontano dall'antico castello di Maldorais, di proprietà di una antica stirpe di Conti, il cui ultimo discendente (Jean-Pierre Aumont), che vi risiede insieme alla giovane moglie Therese (Astrid Heeren), viene fermato dai soldati e "convinto" a concedere il maniero come caposaldo. Il castello non è importante solo per la sua posizione strategica ma soprattutto per il patrimonio artistico in esso contenuto; il Capitano Lionel Beckman (Patrick O'Neal), un esperto d'arte, vorrebbe evitare che il prevedibile scontro con le truppe tedesche che stanno avanzando verso Bastogne portasse alla sua distruzione ma il Maggiore si mostra irremovibile, privilegiando la maggiore sicurezza che il riparo all'interno del castello potrebbe offrire ai suoi soldati. Nei giorni che precedono lo scontro il Capitano cerca di coinvolgere i soldati in uno studio del castello e dei suoi tesori ma non riesce a riceverne l'attenzione, suscitando il loro disinteresse e la loro ironia; attenzione che viene invece rivolta verso il bordello della cittadina, la Regina rossa, dove essi a turno vi si recano con l'eccezione del Sergente Rossi (Peter Falk), che, svolgendo nella vita civile il mestiere di fornaio, si intrattiene in un forno, insieme alla vedova che vi risiede e che vi lavora, e del Maggiore, che seduce la moglie del Conte, aiutato dalla sua incomprensibile indifferenza. Il comportamento del Conte si spiega con la sua impotenza che gli impedisce di avere una discendenza, necessaria sia a continuare la stirpe che la custodia degli immensi valori contenuti nel castello, ed in ragione di questo egli non aveva esitato a "concedere" la moglie anche all'ufficiale tedesco che prima degli americani aveva occupato il castello, rispettandone tuttavia il patrimonio ed in ragione di questo egli, attraverso un passaggio segreto, andrà incontro ai primi tedeschi che si avvicinano, dandogli la possibilità di penetrare nel castello e sorprendere i soldati americani ma viene scoperto dal Maggiore che lo uccide, facendo poi saltare, nonostante le obiezioni del Capitano, la galleria distruggendo anche le opere d'arte custodite nei sotterranei. L'attacco tedesco in forze avviene poco dopo e, dopo un intero giorno di combattimenti, il castello viene distrutto ed i soldati americani vengono uccisi ad uno ad uno ed all'ultimo di loro, il soldato Allistair Piersall Benjamin (Al Freeman jr.), il più giovane della compagnia e con velleità di scrittore, viene dato, prima di morire, l'ordine dal Maggiore di allontanarsi portando in salvo Therese, nel frattempo rimasta incinta. [it.wikipedia.org]

    Foresta delle Ardenne, 1944; durante la seconda guerra mondiale un drappello di otto soldati americani, comandato dal Maggiore Abraham Falconer (Burt Lancaster), riceve l'ordine di tenere una posizione nei pressi di Saint Croix, non lontano dall'antico castello di Maldorais, di proprietà di una antica stirpe di Conti, il cui ultimo discendente (Jean-Pierre Aumont), che vi risiede insieme alla giovane moglie Therese (Astrid Heeren), viene fermato dai soldati e "convinto" a concedere il maniero come caposaldo. Il castello non è importante solo per la sua posizione strategica ma soprattutto per il patrimonio artistico in esso contenuto; il Capitano Lionel Beckman (Patrick O'Neal), un esperto d'arte, vorrebbe evitare che il prevedibile scontro con le truppe tedesche che stanno avanzando verso Bastogne portasse alla sua distruzione ma il Maggiore si mostra irremovibile, privilegiando la maggiore sicurezza che il riparo all'interno del castello potrebbe offrire ai suoi soldati. Nei giorni che precedono lo scontro il Capitano cerca di coinvolgere i soldati in uno studio del castello e dei suoi tesori ma non riesce a riceverne l'attenzione, suscitando il loro disinteresse e la loro ironia; attenzione che viene invece rivolta verso il bordello della cittadina, la Regina rossa, dove essi a turno vi si recano con l'eccezione del Sergente Rossi (Peter Falk), che, svolgendo nella vita civile il mestiere di fornaio, si intrattiene in un forno, insieme alla vedova che vi risiede e che vi lavora, e del Maggiore, che seduce la moglie del Conte, aiutato dalla sua incomprensibile indifferenza. Il comportamento del Conte si spiega con la sua impotenza che gli impedisce di avere una discendenza, necessaria sia a continuare la stirpe che la custodia degli immensi valori contenuti nel castello, ed in ragione di questo egli non aveva esitato a "concedere" la moglie anche all'ufficiale tedesco che prima degli americani aveva occupato il castello, rispettandone tuttavia il patrimonio ed in ragione di questo egli, attraverso un passaggio segreto, andrà incontro ai primi tedeschi che si avvicinano, dandogli la possibilità di penetrare nel castello e sorprendere i soldati americani ma viene scoperto dal Maggiore che lo uccide, facendo poi saltare, nonostante le obiezioni del Capitano, la galleria distruggendo anche le opere d'arte custodite nei sotterranei. L'attacco tedesco in forze avviene poco dopo e, dopo un intero giorno di combattimenti, il castello viene distrutto ed i soldati americani vengono uccisi ad uno ad uno ed all'ultimo di loro, il soldato Allistair Piersall Benjamin (Al Freeman jr.), il più giovane della compagnia e con velleità di scrittore, viene dato, prima di morire, l'ordine dal Maggiore di allontanarsi portando in salvo Therese, nel frattempo rimasta incinta. [it.wikipedia.org]

  • Aug 31, 2009

    Full of surreal touches and unique characters "Castle Keep" is one of the oddest war films released by a major studio. The film is basically a discussion on the value of art disguised as a war programmer. The dreamy visuals by the legendary cameraman Henri Decaë give the movie a magical look, and Michel Legrand's music adds touches of baroque weirdness.Burt Lancaster, sporting a Nick Fury eye patch, portrays the stoic leader and he is ably supported by a great supporting cast especially Peter Falk as a soldier who would rather be a baker.

    Full of surreal touches and unique characters "Castle Keep" is one of the oddest war films released by a major studio. The film is basically a discussion on the value of art disguised as a war programmer. The dreamy visuals by the legendary cameraman Henri Decaë give the movie a magical look, and Michel Legrand's music adds touches of baroque weirdness.Burt Lancaster, sporting a Nick Fury eye patch, portrays the stoic leader and he is ably supported by a great supporting cast especially Peter Falk as a soldier who would rather be a baker.