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Young Rebel (1967)

Cervantes (original title)
A highly fictionalized filming of the early life of Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cardinal Acquaviva
Rodrigo Cervantes
Antonio Casas ...
Ángel del Pozo ...
Don Juan de Austria
Ricardo Palacios ...
Maurice de Canonge
Tizzieno Contini
José Jaspe ...
Turkish Official
Claudine Dalmas
Andrés Mejuto ...
Cervantes' Father
José Nieto ...
Minister of Felipe


In this romanticized biography of Spain's most celebrated novelist, young Miguel Cervantes, son of a country doctor, cockily pushes better-bred, court-connected peacock chicks aside for the post of private secretary to monsignor (soon cardinal) Acquaviva, papal envoy to king Philip II of Spain. Realizing his friendship with the Ottoman general-envoy was abused to win time while an avoidable 'crusade' was mounted, Miguel resigns but joins the Holy League's fleet. He and his brother become marked heroes, but get no serious reward and are captured by Algiers pirates for the slave market, yet set aside to bring ransom. Instead, they mount a brave slave revolt. Written by KGF Vissers

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January 1969 (USA)  »

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more than nice
20 June 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a nice movie from a long series of popular historical European- and not only- films of the same decade. its virtue - the science to be, in same measure, a clever one. because it propose a colorful, seductive portrait of a character and not the image of Cervantes. but this portrait use biographic details mixed with fantastic adventures in a credible manner. it propose questions about religious differences, honor and morality, and, more important, a Don Quixote . the idealistic, generous, courageous, wise and vulnerable Cervantes is not really a hero. but a messenger of fundamental problems who challenge the honesty of viewer. sure, the most seductive performance remains the work of Jose Ferrer. the choice for the lead role could be not really comfortable but Horst Buchholz does a decent job and few sparkles of his acting are more than good moments. a film who has the gift to be more useful today. because the confrontation between Christianity and Islam has the same roots and the same force. only the clothes are different. Cervantes gives a kind of answer. and it is not a really unrealistic.

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