The Holcroft Covenant Blu-ray Review – An Exceptional 1985 Michael Caine Thriller?

Here’s another film I’ve had to obtain via a foreign blu-ray of due to a lack UK release. It’s a thriller based on the book The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum starring Michael Caine from 1985. This is The Holcroft Covenant blu-ray review.

  • The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
  • Blu-ray German Import
  • Genre: Thriller
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
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Noel Holcroft (Michael Caine) is approached by a man that tells him of The Holcroft Covenant. As the end of the WWII approaches three German officers decide to appropriate a large sum of gold for use after the war.

Noel Holcroft’s father, a General in the Wehrmacht is the leader of the group. He leaves instructions for his son to take charge of how best the funds should be used. The other two officer’s sons will also be part of how the money is spent but Noel will have the final say.

What will they decide to do with money?

Style / Direction

Director John Frankenheimer delivers a complex web of intrigue in this most excellent of thrillers. Gerry Fisher is the one responsible for the film’ cinematography.

Music / Audio Effects

The film’s score comes from Stanislas.

Acting / Characters

The acting is good with the main characters all being excellent. Michael Caine is on top form as he plays Noel Holcroft a man who’s world is about to change but may be not for the better.


  • Michael Caine as Noel Holcroft
  • Anthony Andrews as Johann von Tiebolt/Jonathan Tennyson
  • Victoria Tennant as Helden von Tiebolt/Helden Tennyson
  • Lilli Palmer as Althene Holcroft
  • Mario Adorf as Erich Kessler/Jürgen Maas
  • Michael Lonsdale as Manfredi
  • Bernard Hepton as Leighton
  • Shane Rimmer as Lieutenant Miles
  • Alexander Kerst as General Heinrich Clausen
  • Michael Wolf as General Erich Kessler
  • Richard Münch as Oberst

Conclusion: The Holcroft Covenant (1985) Film Review

Robert Ludlum provides a complex plot that has you guessing who knows what all the way along. Is Noel Holcroft really as naive as he seems? And what of the others, do they share Noel’s vision?

I highly recommend picking this up on blu-ray if you have the chance as it’s an outstanding thriller.

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Conclusion: The Holcroft Covenant Blu-ray Review

The version I’m reviewing here is a German import as there does not seem to be a UK version currently available for purchase. In any case all you need do is change the language to English in the menu settings and everything is fine.

The picture quality is very good with no real issues to report.

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The Holcroft Covenant (1985) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip NOT representative of the Blu-ray version

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The Holcroft Covenant (1985)




That concludes my The Holcroft Covenant blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more thrillers soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: The Holcroft Covenant (1985) Blu-ray Review
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Movie title: The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

Duration: 112 mins

Director(s): John Frankenheimer

Actor(s): Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant, Lilli Palmer, Mario Adorf

Genre: Thriller

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating


An oustanding Michael Caine / Robert Ludlum thriller


Complex Robert Ludlum Thriller Michael Caine


No UK Blu-ray Release