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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 overview, first billed only:
Amza Pellea ...
Mihai Viteazul / Michael the Brave
Ion Besoiu ...
Sigismund Báthory
Olga Tudorache ...
Mother of Mihai Viteazul
Irina Gardescu ...
Countess Rossanna Viventini
György Kovács ...
Cardinal Andrew Báthory
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
Selim Pasa
Nicolae Secareanu ...
Sinan Pasa
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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The Columbia Studios first wanted to produce Sergiu Nicolaescu's historical epic with Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Charlton Heston in the role of Michael the Brave, but Communist authorities in Romania decided, that the cast had to be exclusively Romanian. Actor Amza Pellea was cast in the lead, the film was shot in Romania, Czechoslovakia and Turkey and was financed by the Romanian government. Director Nicolaescu had the full support of the Romanian army - provided by the former Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and tens of thousands of people were used as extras. See more »

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In the film, the actor Amza Pellea, who played Michael the Brave, always wields his hatchet with his right hand. It is a known fact that Michael the Brave was left-handed. 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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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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