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1970 (Romania) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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 ... Rudolf II
Ioana Bulca ... Doamna Stanca / Princess Stanca
Septimiu Sever ... Radu Buzescu
Florin Piersic ... Preda Buzescu
Klára Sebök ... Maria Cristina de Graz (as Maria Clara Sebok)

Mircea Albulescu ... Popa Stoica
Emmerich Schäffer ... General Giorgio Basta
Alexandru Herescu ... Ionica
Fory Etterle ... Pope Clement VIII (as Fory Eterle)
Colea Rautu ... Sultan Murat III
Constantin Codrescu ... Alexandru cel Räu / Alexander the Evil
Jean Lorin Florescu ... Archduke Maximilian
Emil Liptac
Radu Nicolae
Florin Scarlatescu
Mihai Mereuta
Valentino Dain
Corneliu Gîrbea ... Baba Novac (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Papil Panduru
Dinu Gherasim
Florin Blanarescu
Dan Dobre
George Demetru
Stelian Cremenciuc ... Jacques de Beaury
Mircea Breazu ... Prince Nicolae, Mihai's son
Nicolae Brancomir
Virgil Popovici
Igor Bardu
Nicolae Luchian Botez
Grigore Nagacevschi
Petrica Gheorghiu (as Petre Gheorghiu)
Iulian Necsulescu
Luchian Necsulescu
Andrei Bursaci
Cornel Coman ... Balogh
Hans Kraus
Ion Niciu
Andrei Prajovski
Alexandru Vrancea
Nicolae Venias
Constantin Codarcea
N.N. Matei
Val Lefescu
Alexandru Virgil Platon
Alexandru Repan ... Count Viventini
Ion Apahideanu
Ion Bîrloiu
Ion Dorutiu
Dumitru Ghiuzelea (as Dumitru Chiuzelea)
Niculae Peniuc (as Nicolae Peniuc)
Cicerone Ionescu
Paul Misai
Horia Caciulescu
Horia Pavel
Lascar Bania
Ionel Rusu
Alexandru Vasiliu
Constantin Stelian
Gavril Tanase
Paul Rusu
Haralambie Polizu

Mihai Ciuca
Dinu Ianculescu
Gheorghe Carare
Franz Keller
Ilie Ion
Corado Negreanu
Stroe Mircea
Emil Rojan
George Aurelian
Florin Stroe
Gabriel Danciulescu
Paul Nadolski (as Paul Nadolschi)
Mitzura Arghezi
Catita Ispas
Valeria Marian
Ana Maria Otetea
Rosemarie Fischer
Livia Baba
Minel Kleper
Grigore Anghel Seceleanu
Petre Patrascu
Sandu Radulescu
Vasile Bucan
Petrut Traian (as Traian Petrut)
Constantin Barbulescu
Alexandru Demetriad
Vasile Dinescu
Ion Porsila
Gheorghe Buliga
Nitisor Cazacu
Hanns Schussnig
Kurt Conrant
Siegfried Siegmund
Joachim Szaunig
Emil Bogdan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolae Albulescu
Adrian Mihai

Directed by
Sergiu Nicolaescu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Titus Popovici 

Original Music by
Tiberiu Olah 
 
Cinematography by
Mircea George Cornea  (as George Cornea)
 
Film Editing by
Yolanda Mîntulescu 
 
Production Design by
Zoltán Szabó 
Nicolae Teodoru 
 
Costume Design by
Hortensia Georgescu 
Mircea Milcovici 
 
Makeup Department
Rosalia Bartha .... makeup artist (as Rozalia Barta)
Mircea Voda .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gheorghe Calamata .... unit manager
Mihai Crisan .... production manager
Nicolae Dutescu .... unit manager
Gheorghe Pîrîu .... production manager
Ion Schihar .... unit manager
Ion Stefanescu .... unit manager
Dumitru Tofan .... unit manager
Stefan Zamfirescu .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adriana Dumitrescu .... assistant director
Alexandru Maldea .... assistant director
Doru Nastase .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ioana Cantuniari .... assistant production designer
Emanuel Chirici .... props (as Emanuel Chivici)
Alexandru Cioba .... props
Dan Codarcea .... props
Doina Lungu .... assistant production designer
Victor Lupu .... props
Alexandru Serban .... props
Ion Vasilescu .... props
 
Sound Department
Gheorghe Alexe .... sound assistant
Alexe Dumitru .... sound assistant (as Dumitru Alexe)
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound engineer (as A. Salamanian)
Valentin Tesa .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Ion Tiberiu .... pyrotechnician
 
Visual Effects by
Pascu Davidson .... visual effects assistant
Alexandru Popescu .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Mihai Adrian .... stunts
Vasile Calamata .... stunts
Ion Calin .... stunts
Dumitru Craciun .... stunts
Ion Craciun .... stunts
Valentin Cristescu .... stunts
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunt and fight arranger
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunts (as Szobolcs Csech)
Alexandru David .... stunts
Nicolae Dide .... stunts
Liviu Fister .... stunts
Ion Gheorghiu .... stunts
Doru Lascu .... stunts
Miron Murea .... stunts (as Murea Miron)
Constantin Paun .... stunts
Vasile Popa .... stunts
Ionel Rusu .... stunts
Tudor Stavru .... stunt coordinator
Adrian Stefanescu .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Ciurea .... still photographer
George Cricler .... camera operator
Alexandru David .... camera operator
Valeriu Gheorghe .... gaffer (as Gheorghe Valeriu)
Mihai Hanciarec .... still photographer (as Mihai Hancearek)
Ion Mircea .... grip
Mircea Mladin .... camera operator
Ion Patruta .... key grip
Mihai Popescu .... assistant camera
Ilie Rusen .... assistant camera
Petre Sorescu .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olga Adamescu .... assistant costume designer
Silvia Axesiuc .... costumer
Eugenia Capela .... costumer
Iosefina Chicasu .... costumer
Victoria Constantin .... costumer
Margareta Farcas .... costumer
Stela Patras .... assistant costume designer
Mariana Raducanu .... costumer
Adelaida Tanase .... assistant costume designer
Petre Veniamin .... assistant costume designer
Carolina Vicol .... costumer
Maria Zamfirescu .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stefania Cojocaru .... color timer
Florica Dirinea .... assistant editor
Cristina Ionescu .... assistant editor
Mioara Ionescu .... assistant editor
George Palivet .... color technician (as George Palivat)
 
Music Department
Iosif Conta .... conductor
 
Other crew
Gheorghe Albescu .... administrator
Ion Apahideanu .... riding consultant
Ion Bîrloiu .... riding consultant
Dumitru Carabat .... story editor
Gheorghe Cozorici .... voice double
Jana Dochita Badea .... production secretary (as Jana Dochita)
Valeria Gagialov .... voice double
Petrica Gheorghiu .... voice double (as Petre Gheorghiu)
Constantin C. Giurescu .... historical consultant
Grigore Gonta .... voice double
Mihai Heroveanu .... voice double
Gheorghe Matei .... religious consultant
Andrei Otetea .... historical consultant
Emanoil Petrut .... voice double
Dan Popa .... consultant
Gheorghe Romanescu .... military consultant
Constantin Stelian .... consultant
Nicolae Stoicescu .... historical consultant
Constantin Xenake .... technical coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mihai Viteazul" - Romania (original title)
"The Last Crusade" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
Germany:107 min | Germany:96 min | Romania:203 min (original version)
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Trivia:
About the film "Michael the Brave", Sergiu Nicolaescu was proudly say "bet" his career. Columbia Studios wanted to produce historical film, a cast of great days, with Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Charleton Heston in the role of the great ruler. Weather Communist authorities decided, however, that the cast must be exclusively Romanian, so Amza Pelea played the prince and videos were made in Czechoslovakia and Turkey.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Andrew Báthory is beheaded you can see for a split second that the eyes on his head are blinking.See more »
Quotes:
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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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A larger than life epic movie, 15 August 2002
Author: Alexandru Diaconu (alexdiaconu@yahoo.com) from Buftea, Romania

The historical facts:

Mihai Viteazul was a Romanian ruler that reigned in the small principality of Wallachia between 1593 and 1601. In 1600 he bedazzled Europe by uniting Wallachia with Romanian-speaking Moldavia and Transylvania, for which he is hailed as Romania's national hero. It all sounds ferry tale-ish, but it isn't. Mihai was too ahead of his time. He had the guts to go to war with three empires (Turkish, Austrian and Polish) and found his death when he trusted one of them. But his accomplishment forged a landmark in Romanian history.

The movie:

First, it's the battle scenes. They don't come bigger than these and nobody can't take that away from Nicolaescu. He is THE master! Back then, when a movie of such girth was made in Romania, everybody got into it, from the head of state to the Army, so sky was the limit.

I think the grandest scene of the movie is the one depicting the Turkish army in the marshes of Calugareni on August 13 1595. On that day, the all-mighty Ottoman Empire, in its heyday at that time, poured 120,000 soldiers into Wallachia to conquer it. Imagine filming that! Nicoleascu shot from a helicopter. It started from the back, with the scattered extras forming the rear guard and gradually progressing towards the front. The scale is huge and mind you, he actually used that amount of people, not the CGI tricks of "Gladiator". Just think of the props and coordinating those guys on a hot day of summer in the middle of a swamp.

On the other side, as in every portrayal of a legendary figure, the hero hasn't the least of flaws: he is always brave (actually Mihai Viteazul means Michael the Brave), honest, nothing gets by him, always gives a moralizing speech before the battle yada yada. Man, didn't guys like Mihai or William Wallace ever had the slightest trace of egocentrism ? In that respect, there is another movie about Mihai Viteazul, called Buzduganul Cu Trei Peceti (The Mace With Three Seals), in which the hero actually has feelings, flaws and fears. Of course, it's directed by someone else.

At times, the acting is childish, especially in face-offs, like badly rehearsed lines of a play. When it involves a third party, e.g. a soldier telling Mihai that one of his subordinates has just arrived, I can't help myself laughing at the poor timing of the actors. Oh, and it's always the same thing with Romanian scripts: no matter whether the character is a farmer or the Austrian Emperor, he always uses the same old precious and dusty lingo, something like saying "It gives me great pleasure to gaze upon your look" instead of plain "Oh I'm so happy to see you".

All in all, I think 'Mihai Viteazul' is a good movie by most standards. It's the Romanian movie most seen outside its borders and a must-see within.

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