When you look at line ups of football teams around the UK , it would be unusual not to at least see one or two foreign players. Let’s go back nearly 70 years to post world war two Britain and the story of Bert Trautmann, one of Manchester City’s legends. A German man who was also a soldier for his country, prisoner of war how would you react to him signing for your club?
The Keeper is Bert’s story and how he won our hearts and minds. The prejudice of the British public to accept him for his talents on the pitch than a young man conscripted for war. A brave man who played in one of Manchester city’s greatest FA Cup victories with a broken neck.
Parkland Entertainment will be distributing the film and today they have sent us the film’s UK Trailer…
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.
Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.
The film syars David Kross as Bert with Freya Mavor as his wife Margaret. Alongside them are John Henshaw, Harry Melling, Dave Johns, Dervla Kirwan and Gary Lewis.
The Keeper will get a cinematic release in the UK and Ireland from 5th April.