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Elliott Kastner

Elliott Kastner

(1930 – 2010)

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Elliott Kastner

Elliott Kastner
(1930 – 2010)

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Elliott Kastner

(1930 – 2010)
About Elliott
This is an online memorial in memory of Elliott Kastner. Elliott Kastner was an American film producer, most famous for producing the war film Where Eagles Dare (1968).
Among the many films produced by Kastner are: Harper (1966), The Night of the Following Day (1968), The Long Goodbye (1973), Cops and Robbers (1973), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), Rancho Deluxe (1975), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), 92 In The Shade (1975), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Swashbuckler (1976), The Stickup (1976), Black Joy (1977), Equus (1977), The Big Sleep (1978), A Little Night Music (1978), The First Deadly Sin (1980), Man, Woman and Child (1983), Oxford Blues (1984), Garbo Talks (1984), Angel Heart (1987), A Chorus of Disapproval (1988),
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and Opa! (2005).
Elliott Kastner got his education at the University of Miami and Columbia University. During the fifties he was stationed with U.S. Eucom (United States European Command), in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France.
Elliott Kastner started his career as a talent agent at the Music Corporation of America (MCA). When that agency was dissolved his first assignment as producer came in 1965, with Bus Riley's Back in Town. He then temporarily switched his base of operations to England where he formed Winkast Film Productions Ltd. with producer Jerry Gershwin based at Pinewood Studios. Together Gershwin and Elliott Kastner would produce Harper (1966) from a novel by Ross Macdonald, and three films
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based on Alistair MacLean novels: Where Eagles Dare (1968), When Eight Bells Toll (1971) and Breakheart Pass (1975). He then partnered up with noted producers Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter and together they produced the films Villain (1971), The Nightcomers (1972), Zee and Co. (1972) and Fear Is the Key (1972) also adapted from an Alistair MacLean novel.
Elliott Kastner is probably most famous for his film adaptations of three Raymond Chandler's novels based on the exploits of one of Chandler's most famous creations, Philip Marlowe: The Long Goodbye (1973), Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and The Big Sleep (1978) the latter two both starring Robert Mitchum as Marlowe. He has made three movies with Marlon Brando,
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five with Richard Burton and two with Anthony Hopkins. He has worked with stars like Paul Newman; Frank Sinatra; Elizabeth Taylor; Warren Beatty; Clint Eastwood; James Mason; Michael Caine; Peter Sellers; Robert Shaw; Pierce Brosnan; Jack Nicholson; Robert de Niro; Mickey Rourke and Jeff Bridges.
Elliott Kastner passed away on 30 June 2010. This is an online tribute in memory of him and his work.
Remembrance Messages
On 11th Jan 2012
Robert Shaw
wrote:
I was Elliott's assistant at Pinewood Studios for about three years in the late 80s. Elliott and I spoke occasionally over the years, but I had not seen him since I moved to New York in January of 1991 and he let me stay at his offices at Carnegie Hall. I met Elliott after writing to hundreds of production companies looking for work. During my interview with Elliott, he asked what prompted me to get on a plane and come all the way from Australia seeking work
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Robert Shaw
message continued:
in movies. After telling him why I loved movies and how that love compelled me to want to be a part of the business, he told me he could certainly relate to my passion. During the interview Elliott humbly -- and rather misleadingly -- downplayed his stature as a producer, telling me "we put movies together with chewing gum and chicken wire", but my first official day on the job, the phone rang and a vaguely familiar voice said: "good morning, is Elliott there?" Elliott was there and I asked who was calling and the voice said Gregory Peck, so I thought I'd
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Robert Shaw
message continued:
better just see exactly who the hell this Elliott Kastner guy was! If I'd known what a legend he was I would've been even more nervous in the interview! Those three and a half years working for EK were at once a great challenge; a lot of fun; hard work… and a tiresome pain in the ass (one of EK's favorite sayings), and I got to work with many greats like Brando, Pacino and the late, great (eccentric) Donald Cammell (whom I helped re-cut a version of White of the Eye for release on video). But none of these greats were as great as Elliott, and I will
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Robert Shaw
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always remember him with fondness.
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On 6th Jul 2010
Philip Shaw
wrote:
In 2003 Elliott burst into my office at Pinewood, his charm and loudness made him unmissable. He gave me a lot of advice, a number of jokes and made you feel very special when he switched his charm on. My life is the richer for having known him and I will miss his loud awkward way. But a character who made things happen. He never complained when I saw him through all his health trials, he was an inspiration. He had grit, true grit and would not give up... ever.
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Philip Shaw
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An incredible man and a friend. I will miss him.
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On 6th Jul 2010
Ruth Shaw
wrote:
I feel privileged to have known Elliot, he truly was an inspiration to me.
He showed such determination to keep going, whist undergoing cancer treatment, even coming into Pinewood with a backpack on and drip… an amazing person and friend…
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Elliott Kastner

This is an online memorial in memory of Elliott Kastner. Elliott Kastner was an American film producer, most famous for producing the war film Where Eagles Dare (1968).
Among the many films produced by Kastner are: Harper (1966), The Night of the Following Day (1968), The Long Goodbye (1973), Cops and Robbers (1973), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), Rancho Deluxe (1975), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), 92 In The Shade (1975), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Swashbuckler (1976), The Stickup (1976), Black Joy (1977), Equus (1977), The Big Sleep (1978), A Little Night Music (1978), The First Deadly Sin (1980), Man, Woman and Child (1983), Oxford Blues (1984), Garbo Talks (1984), Angel Heart (1987), A Chorus of Disapproval (1988),...

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