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Black Cross (1960)

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In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.

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Jagienka Zychówna
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Danusia
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Jurand of Spychów
Henryk Borowski ...
Siegfried de Löwe
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Macko of Bogdaniec
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Zbyszko of Bogdaniec
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Wladyslaw II. Jagiello - King of Poland and Lithuania
Tadeusz Kosudarski ...
Bother Rotgier
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Duchess Anna Danuta of Masovia
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Duke Janusz I Mazowiecki
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Kuno von Liechtenstein
Janusz Strachocki ...
Konrad von Jungingen
Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz ...
Ulrich von Jungingen
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Fulko de Lorche
Zbigniew Skowronski ...
Tolima
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Storyline

A tale of a young impoverished nobleman, who with his uncle returns from a war against the order of the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania. He falls in love with a beautiful woman and pledges an oath to bring her "three trophies" from the Teutonic Knights. Written by Anonymous

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Poland's most spectacular epic with a cast of over 1800 in Eastmancolor and Dyaliscope.


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January 1962 (USA)  »

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PLN 33,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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15,000 extras were employed to create the battle scenes. See more »

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Several knights can be seen wearing sneakers beneath the armor, although at the time the film is set, these were not available. See more »

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Referenced in 1409. Afera na zamku Bartenstein (2005) See more »

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27 August 2006 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

It is a good film and - as some reviews pointed out - of quite a big importance (and sentimental value!) to Poles. As every nation, Poles delight in productions illuminating the splendor years or turning points in their history, so the film has a guaranteed place in the pantheon of Polish films. It is begging for a remake though. If it is to be equally enjoyable for younger generations technical anachronisms and especially lengthy scenes need to be taken care of. The plot is great, so it definitely deserves a lifting. Apart from the extraordinary number of horses and extras, and Guiness record long battle scenes the film is famous for 2 amazing goofs: 1. In one of the battles, far beyond the herd of knights, you can see a crew car happily passing on the horizon 2. During the main battle of Grunwald scene (1410!) an electric watch can be seen on the actor's wrist as the Polish king zestfully waves his sword fighting his opponents.


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