The Holcroft Covenant (film)

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The Holcroft Covenant
The Holcroft Covenant poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Mort Abrahams
Edie Landau
Ely Landau
Written by Edward Anhalt
George Axelrod
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
October 18, 1985
Running time
112 min
Budget £8,000,000[1]
Box office $393,825[2]

The Holcroft Covenant is a spy thriller 1985 film based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. The film starred Michael Caine and was directed by John Frankenheimer. The script was written by Edward Anhalt, George Axelrod, and John Hopkins.


The story concerns Noel Holcroft's late father (a former associate of Adolf Hitler) who left behind a fortune, supposedly to make amends for his wrongdoings. Now, 40 years later, Noel finds himself embroiled in a web of conspiracies involving the children of two of his father's Nazi colleagues, a mysterious organization supposedly devoted to ensuring the Nazis never again come to power, and a woman who may be Noel's downfall, or his only hope.



James Caan was originally cast in the lead but walked off the set.[3]

Director John Frankenheimer later said "I will be forever grateful to James Caan. Forever. Because he gave me the best gift that's ever happened to me in my career, which is Michael Caine."[4]


  1. ^ Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p137
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  3. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (May 17, 2004). "James Caan Takes a Gamble On 'Las Vegas,' and Scores". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "The Curse of Frankenheimer". The Guardian. August 18, 1984. 

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