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Michael the Brave (1970)

Mihai Viteazul (original title)
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
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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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ROL 33,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released worldwide by Columbia Pictures under the title "The Last Crusade". See more »

Goofs

There's many anachronisms in scenes from Prague in 1600. Facade of St. Vitus Cathedral is from 19. century, statues on Charles Bridge are from 18. century, many buildings in Mala Strana and Prague Castle are baroque or even modern. 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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Connections

Featured in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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The best historical Romanian movie to date
5 June 2000 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Amza Pellea is Mihai Viteazul! Very seldom that you see an actor transforming itself so completely to bring a strong historical character to life. I can only feel bad for the rest of the world for not being able to see this movie. Sergiu Nicolaescu, the movie director proves that he belongs with the best of the historical genre. Time will prove me right, somebody, someday, will bring this diamond in the rough to a full shine. It is disturbing to see the people in charge of promoting Romania's cultural image can't seem to know how to promote some of it's best assets.


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