The Keep

Synopsis: Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Michael Mann
Production: Paramount
  1 nomination.
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96 min

Your new home

How do you like it?

Not very well, sir

Why not?

We should be in Russia

For what?

The final assault on Moscow

You could transfer

But by the time you got there,

Russia would've gone like France,

Belgium,Holland...all the rest

We're all done fighting

Now we are the masters

of the world

Do you understand?

Yes, sir


We have been assigned to

guard this pass,

so here is where you'll stay

Tell the men to get out




Machine guns come across the

ravine into the Keep with us

What are you doing here?

I'm the caretaker, sir

And they?

They're my sons

There's a 108 such crosses

made of nickel

embedded in the walls

of the keep.

You counted them?

Or is it something to do

with cathecism

I'm Alexandru, my sons

and I work here

No one tours this place

I thought the keep

was unoccupied

We go home at night,

we live in the village

-Where is the owner?

-I have no idea

-Who is he?

-I don't know

-Who tells you what to do?

-We do what needs doing

My father

spent his life doing it,

his father before him,

and so on..

My sons...

will continue after me

There you are,

you may continue your

maintenance after we settle in

-You cannot stay here

-And why not?

No one stays here

And who forbids it?

No one forbids,

some travellers have stayed,

we don't stop them

-But no one stays the night



No ghosts here

-Death then, Suicides?

-No one's ever died here

Then what drives people out

in the middle of a rainy night?


-ha ha...Nightmares?

Look man,

The real nightmares,

man has made

upon other men in this war

The bad dreams of your Keep,

are nursery rhymes

in comparison

Come on, I want a tour

Who built the Keep?

Some say the Turks,

some say the

warlords of ancient Volakia

How do I know this is

not a fortress

a soldier could walk out

from outside the wall

Why are the same stones

on the outside,

and the large ones,

here in the interior?

It's constructed backwards

This place was not designed

to keep


What is this place?

No one knows for sure

-Herr Officer, stop them!

-Stop what?

-There opening the walls!!

-Old man, spikes for lights

we have generators

the Randoff doesn't live

by candlelight

Now is he stringing lights?


What's your assignment!?

-To string lights sir

-Then what the hell are you doing?


Silver crosses,sir

there is talk among the men

they hide silver here

Treasure, sir

Private Lutz, it's been a

profitable day for you

not only have you learned the

crosses are made of Nickel

but you've earned yourself a

place on first watch all week

Get out!!

Never touch the crosses!


And why not?

You must not stay here

Good day Alexandru




but not this one

-I'm on duty!

-Forget it, c'mon

look at this!


-Look it, look at the block

-This is the only silver cross

this block moves

Behind this one block there

may be more silver

-Are you ready to be rich?

-Oh yes

A passage, I knew it

Lets take this cross, block it

and come back later

that's stupid, we're here

why share it

Tie these around my ankle

Silver, there's more silver

Ah, Ah,

pull me back!

pull me back

Lutz, Lutz!

Stand down!

-I need to hire a boat

-Where to?


the Romanian coast

Too dangerous, very expensive

Steiner, last night

it was steiner

that makes five dead,

and I checked with

the radio man

there's been no answer to

your request for relocation

Stop this!


Wait! Wait!

In this village,

partisans have been

operating against

the greater german Reich

-Are you insane!

I am Commander Koempffer,

is what I am

Captain Klaus Woermann,

is what you are

your request for relocation

is denied Woermann

I am now in command over

this emplacement

And you, will not interfere

with our actions


you and you

Bring them to the Keep

There are no partisans

in this village!

these people know nothing!

If one more german soldier dies,

all five hostages will be shot

And five more will be shot

every time a german is killed

We will continue until

partisan activity stops

or we run out of villagers

They are no partisans!

You, see to it that my

command quarters are in order

Those people you murdered

are Romanian citizens

we are an allied state!

Let's have an immediate

understanding Woermann

who gives a damn

about a few communists

Listen to me

MG 34's cover the entrance,

lights illuminate the perimeter,

And whatever kills us,

gets in anyway

Nothing we do,

no security works

we have seen no partisans!

-Something has been released!


What do you mean something,


are you trying to create

a mystery?

To excuse your incompetence

in protecting your men

My competence,

was proven in combat

against soldiers who shoot back

not slaughtering civilians

And I am a political soldier


and I shall say it once only

your security doesn't work

because your methods

are wrong

The answer's fear,


From now on these partisans

will be afraid to kill

because they will fear

the price these actions

cost these villagers to pay

Now listen, something

else is killing us

And if it doesn't care,

about the lives

of three villagers

If it is like you

then does your fear work?

Take that brilliant thought

back to Dachau when you go

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Michael Mann

Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. more…

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