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Keeper, The (2018)

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The Keeper
Trautmann
TheKeeper2018Cover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Release Date March 14, 2018
Language English
German
Studio Lieblingsfilm

Zephyr Films
British Film Company

Distributor 20th Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bert Trautmann David Kross
Margaret Friar Freya Mavor
Jack Friar John Henshaw
Clarice Friar Dervla Kirwan
Roberts Dave Johns
Sergeant Smythe Harry Melling
Jock Thompson Gary Lewis


The Keeper is a 2018 British-German movie directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller. The film tells the story of Bernhard Carl „Bert“ Trautmann, who is imprisoned in a British camp after being captured at the end of World War II. When the coach of the provincial club St Helens Town notices his talent, he signs him up for his club. After having his first successes as a goalkeeper and falling in love with his patron's daughter Margaret, he decides to stay in England. Sometime later, Bert, as the English now call him, attracts the attention of Man City's team manager Jock Thomson. At "City", however, the hated "Kraut" faces a gauntlet. Under immense pressure from hostile media and massive fan protests, Trautmann fights for a fair chance.


The following weapons were used in the film The Keeper:


Handguns

Enfield No. 2

Sergeant Smythe (Harry Melling) is seen with a holstered Enfield No. 2 revolver.

Enfield No. 2 Mark 1* - .38 S&W
The revolver's grip glimpsing out the P37 canvas holster on a promotional picture.
Annoyed Sgt. Smythe interrupts Margaret's penalty in the P.o.W. camp.
A better view of the bottom of grip as he confiscates the football from the prisoners.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is used by a Feldwebel (Sgt.) (Shenja Lacher) during Bert's flashback.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
The officer starts aiming at a running child.
After a confrontation with Bert he changed his aim to him.
A front view of the muzzle.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Some German soldiers are armed with MP40s.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
A close-up of one MP40 resting on the legs of its owner.
Two German soldiers wielding their submachine guns through the woods.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

At the beginning of the movie, Bert Trautmann (David Kross) and several other German soldiers use Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Bert (center) and two soldiers sitting in a cave with their carbines. Note the Heer uniforms; as a member of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 der 7. Flieger-Division paratrooper division, the soldiers would have worn different uniforms. At least the shoulder board as Feldwebel (sergeant) suits him.
His squad spreading out into the forest.
The leading soldier holds his Karabiner at the ready.
Bert taking position behind a tree checks the environment for hostiles movement.
A closer view of one Kar98k cleaned by a German soldier in the flashback.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

British and also a few German soldiers can be seen carrying Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles. Actually, in 1945, British forces would have been equipped mainly with the improved Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk 1* (entered service in 1941), but there are also pictures showing that the No.1 Mk. III* was used at the front until the end of the war.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Two German soldiers hold their British rifles during the intro sequence.
British soldiers discover the shellshocked Bert and take him prisoner. In reality, Trautmann deserted afterwards the bombing of Kleve and wanted to escape to his hometown Bremen. On March 27, 1945, British soldiers captured him in a barn. While trying to escape fearing he would be executed he jumped over a fence right in front of a British soldier, who greeted him with the words "Hello Fritz, fancy a cup of tea?". This scene was introduced as a cinematic element to show the seriousness of the war.
A promotional picture of a British soldier taking Bert away after the interrogation.
Bert is held back by two soldiers, carrying SMLE over their backs. Note the "East Lancashire Regiment" badge seen on the soldiers' uniforms.

Other

A Re-education newsreel was shown to the German prisoners, which includes a British soldier holding a Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk 1* rifle.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I with No. 4 spike bayonet - .303 British
Soldiers on broth sides are seen guarding the body transport.

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