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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 ...
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)
Popa Stoica
Emmerich Schäffer ...
General Giorgio Basta


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


Mother of Mihai Viteazul: Forgive me, son, for not trusting you. I'm sorry.
Mihai Viteazul: What did you think, mother? Is this what you think of me? That I can sell my country?
[to all present]
Mihai Viteazul: And you? What did you think? That I, voivode Michael, would drink this cup of shame to the last drop? From this day on, I free myself in front of God and you of any debt and submission. And I will free all those who are with me. We have our life and our honor. Wake up! We've been sleeping too long!
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Brilliant landmark in film hisory.
19 July 2002 | by (Bayreuth,Germany) – See all my reviews

I like this movie because I´m a history buff and secondly my ancestors come from Transylvania. The characters in this movie are brilliant- Amza Pellea even matches the original Michael Petrascu. The only bad thing in the movie: the guns (Russian Mosin Nagant-Rifles) are not accurate. But!!! The are turned with new stocks and barrel bands into fine, ancient muskets. The marching scenes with thousands of Turcs and Romanians are excellent! Shame is, the movie is not very often seen on TV or at a blockbuster.

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