The Keeper (Trautmann) (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Keeper (Trautmann) (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Keeper strays into easy sentimentality, but this fact-based drama's warm spirit makes its indulgences easy to forgive.

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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.


Critic Reviews for The Keeper (Trautmann)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Maybe the actual Trautmann was haunted by memories of a boy with a soccer ball he saw killed. But it's likely that reality was less tidy.

October 1, 2020 | Full Review…

For the most part, the film embraces its contradictions. As a parable about forgiveness, it's a fine example. As a portrait of the real Trautmann, some questions remain, hanging in the air like a ball on the way to the far corner of the net.

July 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The extraordinary true story of Burt Trautmann...gets a warm if corny retelling in Marcus H Rosenmüller's drama. The on-field action is decently handled, as is Trautmann's initial ostracism for his medal-winning deeds in the Second World War.

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The Keeper's insistence on seeing the good in all its characters and giving them the happy ending they were probably denied in real life has its charms.

April 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A number of omissions skew the full story, but a charming and often enlightening watch all the same.

April 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a heartfelt and sympathetic story.

April 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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