After Iron Guard member Paraipan discovers that commissioner Moldovan had staged his own death, he kidnaps Moldovan's son in order to draw him out. Tensions build up resulting in a final epic confrontation.
At an old age, prince Andrei Morudzi retreats to his castle in Romania, during the two world wars, after having lead an eventful youth. There he is seen upon as a rare bird by the local ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
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?
We only have one life, almighty sultan!
Sultan Murat III:
Indeed... Too bad!
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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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