The legendary story of Bert Trautmann, Manchester City’s first German goalkeeper, is exquisitely portrayed in this romantic, life-affirming biography. Featuring a marvellous lead performance by David Kross, The Keeper charts the euphoric highs and traumatising lows of his astonishing journey.
Bert Trautmann joined the Wehrmacht as a paratrooper at the age of 17. After receiving five medals for bravery he was captured by the British towards the end of the War, arriving in north-west England as a prisoner. There his exceptional skills on the soccer field get him noticed by the manager of a local football team. Impressed by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper, the team manager gets him out of the POW camp to play for his team.
Meanwhile, a love slowly blossoms between the manager’s daughter (Freya Mavor) and Bert despite local hostility. In addition to the disapproval of his relationship, Bert’s subsequent signing by Man City brings passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War. However, against all odds he won over even his harshest critics, famously playing on to the victorious end of the 1956 FA Cup despite having broken his neck. What he would not know was that his greatest challenge was yet to come.
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“…a terrific, big-hearted film… it truly is a heck of a story.” – Daily Mail
“… a heartfelt and sympathetic story.” – The Guardian
“A great story of love in adversity… handsomely told” – Radio Times
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