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The Keeper

(Trautmann)

Germany, Great Britain 2018 12+ 120min.
  • 06-20-2019
  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Romantic

"HE CAME AS AN ENEMY AND TURNED INTO THEIR HERO"

German soldier Bernd Trautmann is taken prisoner in England towards the end of WWII. During a POW football match, the goalkeeper is noticed by Jack Friar, manager of an amateur club. Forced upon the team, Trautmann soon surprises on and off the field. Prejudice subsides, friendships start to develop and Trautmann loses his heart not only to football but to his managerʼs beautiful daughter Margaret. However, Trautmann could not have foreseen the wave of outrage resulting from his engagement at Man City FC. Thousands take to the streets against the signing of the “Nazi.” Feeling alienated and alone, Trautmannʼs and Margaretʼs loyalty to each other is being seriously put to the test. But they receive support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Altmann, who fled the Nazis, publishes an open letter against the anti-German slogans. Trautmannʼs path to acceptance begins and peaks at the 1956 FA Cup Final when he secures victory for Man City by playing on despite a broken neck. Yet fate twists the knife and Trautmannʼs son is killed in a car accident. Heartbroken, Trautmann wants to give up. But a whole nation has learned to accept him, and so he starts to prepare for his comeback. For all those who learned to forgive, for those who had lost someone and most of all for his son, who admired him the most, he must step back onto the pitch.

Marcus H. Rosenmüller David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Harry Melling, Gary Lewis, Dervla Kirwan
Marcus H. Rosenmüller,
Nicholas J. Schofield
Daniel Gottschalk
Gerd Baumann
Alexander Berner

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