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The Soimaresti Clan (1965)

Neamul Soimarestilor (original title)
Vying for Principality of Moldavia's throne the descendants of Prince Stephen the Great start a bloody civil war in 1612.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Calboreanu ...
Old Man Mihu
Stefan Ciubotarasu ...
Nobleman Stroie Orheianu
Colea Rautu ...
Temir Bey, Tatar Khan
Dina Cocea ...
Princess Elisabeta Movila
Mihai Boghita ...
Captain Tudor Soimaru
Amza Pellea ...
Captain Simeon Birnova
Ion Besoiu ...
Prince Stefan Tomsa
Costache Antoniu ...
The Innkeeper
Oleg Danovschi ...
Anton Ludno, Magda's Husband
Fory Etterle ...
Vladimir Coribut (as Fory Eterle)
Gheorghe Maruta ...
Nicorita Armasul
Toma Dimitriu ...
Court Official Nistor Ureche
Titus Laptes
George Aurelian
Dem Radulescu ...
Lie, Tudor Soimaru's Servant


After the death of Prince Stephen the Great the throne of the Principality of Moldavia is up for grabs.Two of Prince Stephen's legitimate descendants, Stefan Tomsa and Elisabeta Movila start a bloody civil war of succession in 1612.Elisabeta Movila is the widow of former ruler Ieremia Movila and mother of Constantin Movila who briefly held the throne of Moldavia but was ousted and replaced by Prince Stefan Tomsa.They both have legitimate claims to the throne of Moldavia and this particular succession war seems inevitable.The Stefan Tomsa faction is militarily supported by the Ottoman Turks and by the Tatar Khan Temir Bey.The Movila faction is supported by boyars loyal to the Movila clan and by a few Polish nobles aided by an army of mercenaries.In 1612 the Principality of Moldavia is shattered by war. Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

12 April 1965 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

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ROL 13,300,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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It's the 5th most watched Romanian film of all times, according to a 2006 study published by the Romanian Filmmakers Union (Uniunea Autorilor Si Realizatorilor De Film din România). See more »

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from novel to an eccentric cocktail
18 June 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

good intentions. and bizarre result. that is all. a too serious and not really inspired adaptation of one of the most Romanian historical novels . saved by acting - and that is a rule for the films under Communist regime - it is reflection of the ambition of Mircea Drăgan to realize a kind of blockbuster. nothing bad if you ignore the kitsch, the chaotic events, the desire to create the atmosphere using dialogues in different languages, exotic dances and costumes and mixture of influences from different periods. a film who has a good start and few nice scenes. and a small sin - the lost of direction. the performance of Ștefan Ciubotărașu as the boyar Orheianu represents one of the good points of film. and, in same measure, Ștefan Tomșa in the interpretation of Ion Besoiu. but it is not really enough for define the film more than an eccentric cocktail of different influences.

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