The Keep

  • 18
  • Michael Mann (1983)
  • UK
  • 91 min
The Keep
Film Review
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3 out of 5

In one of the weirdest Second World War movies ever made, a bunch of German soldiers bivouac in an old Romanian castle and get gruesomely decimated by some unseen, supernatural force. By turns chilling, stylish, portentous and just plain silly, Michael Mann's second feature was a box-office bomb that temporarily wrecked his cinema career. (He went back to television and created Miami Vice.) Gabriel Byrne as an SS officer with a serious haircut, and Ian McKellen as a mad professor, are worth the price of admission alone, however.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Scott Glenn and Alberta Watson. Romania in the Second World War: at a remote mountain castle, two evil forces clash - on the one hand the Nazi SS, and, on the other, an unseen power. A mysterious traveller arrives to do battle with both and to save the innocents caught between.

Cast and crew

Cast

Glaeken Trismegestus
Scott Glenn
Eva
Alberta Watson
Woermann
J├╝rgen Prochnow
Father Fonescu
Robert Prosky
Raempffer
Gabriel Byrne
Dr Cuza
Ian McKellen
Alexandru
Morgan Sheppard
Tomescu
Royston Tickner

Crew

Director
Michael Mann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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