Castle Keep

Castle Keep

A FILM BY: Sydney Pollack
WRITTEN BY: Daniel Taradash, David Rayfiel
STARRING: Burt Lancaster, Peter Falk, Bruce Dern, Astrid Heeren, Patrick O'Neal

Somewhere in Belgium. 1944. A weary, ragtag group of American soldiers on the road to oblivion stumble across a castle in a forest. Lead by the one-eyed Major Falconer, portrayed with laconic bravado by the one and only Burt Lancaster, the walking wounded soldiers occupy the keep with plans to "sit out the rest of the war." Surrounded by countless irreplaceable works of art, including the aristocratic Count's beautiful niece, the men retreat into a routine of minor vandalism, military lectures, and regular visits to the nearby brothel. The mundane party is soon crashed by the German army, who have made plans to push through the area and smash the American lines. And the only thing standing in their way are a writer, a baker, a cowboy, an Indian, a dove, and a falcon on the battlements of the castle near the crossroads of the Ardennes. Will the living dead American soldiers remain non-combatants? Or will they re-enlist and hold until the last man risking the destruction of the castle and all its priceless objects? A surreal, darkly comic allegory produced during the height of the Vietnam War, CASTLE KEEP questions whether winning at all costs is worth the price in the end.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1969
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 107 mins
Format: 35mm