PG | | Adventure, Drama, War
During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.
George MacDonald Fraser, a screenwriter of historical and adventure stories, who, during the 1970s, was hired to write an adapted screenplay of James Clavell's Tai-Pan (1986) novel, which was not produced, once said of this movie: "The plot left me bewildered - in fact the whole bloody business is probably an excellent microcosm of the Thirty Years' War, with no clear picture of what is happening, and half the cast ending up dead to no purpose. To that extent, it must be rated a successful film . . . As a drama, The Last Valley (1971) is not remarkable; as a reminder of what happened in Central Europe, 1618 to 1648, and shaped the future of Germany, it reads an interesting lesson . . . Michael Caine . . . gives one of his best performances as the hard-bitten mercenary Captain, nicely complemented by Omar Sharif, as the personification of reason".
Don't talk to me of God. We killed God at Magdeburg.
At c.112 minutes, as Vogel is running uphill in the woods, a large light source can briefly be seen ahead of him.