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Michael the Brave (1970)
"Mihai Viteazul" (original title)

 |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  1970 (Romania)
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At the end of the 16th century Wallachian ruler Prince Michael the Brave overcame the adversity of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires to unite Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania into one country.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amza Pellea ...
Mihai Viteazul / Michael the Brave
Ion Besoiu ...
Prince Sigismund Báthory of Transylvania
Olga Tudorache ...
Mother of Mihai Viteazul
Irina Gardescu ...
Countess Rossanna Viventini
György Kovács ...
Cardinal Andrew Báthory
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
Ottoman Vizier Selim Pasha
Nicolae Secareanu ...
Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha
Ilarion Ciobanu ...
Stroe Buzescu
Aurel Rogalschi ...
Ioana Bulca ...
Doamna Stanca / Princess Stanca
Septimiu Sever ...
Radu Buzescu
Florin Piersic ...
Preda Buzescu
Klára Sebök ...
Maria Cristina de Graz (as Maria Clara Sebok)
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Popa Stoica
Emmerich Schäffer ...
General Giorgio Basta
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An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pätrascu (better known as "Mihai Viteazul" / "Michael the Brave"), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia, into the country of Romania, at the end of the 16th century (1599-1601) against the opposition of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires, this movie features large scale battle scenes mixed with political intrigues, murderous treachery, and family drama. Written by Peter Reiher & Mihnea Columbeanu

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Michael the Brave would liberate his people ... if it took a thousand battles!


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Trivia

The castle in which Michael the Brave enters in during his procession in Alba Iulia is actually the Corvin Castle from Hunedoara. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the Wallachian army is shown winning a decisive victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Calugareni. Actually, being greatly outnumbered, Michael the Brave and his army retreated to seek aid and the Ottomans occupied the cities of Bucharest and Targoviste after the battle. See more »

Quotes

Sultan Murat III: I like you. Here, all you see is crawling backs, even those who have the hoofs of their horses full of Europe's and Asia's dust. But I could've not liked you. How could you dare?
Mihai Viteazul: We only have one life, almighty sultan!
Sultan Murat III: Indeed... Too bad!
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A great film with great Romanians actors
28 March 2004 | by (Iasi,Romania) – See all my reviews

I remember I was a schoolboy when I saw it for the first time in my life and I still got that feeling ever time I have seen it again.The music theme still rings in my ears and that figure of King Michael walking towards the camera with that background starring the cherry flower of spring and that blue sky...It's a great movie with true great Romanians actors of all times.Every Romanian who sees that movie is identifying himself with the idea of independence,freedom (that is this movie is about)and with blood who Romanian people spellt in any era from 1 a.d towards nowaddays to keep the country FREE from foreign foes! It's such a pitty it didn't succeeded in winning the Oscar in that year,although it was nominated.It is , as I recollect, the only Romanian movie ,nominated for Academy Award EVER...


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