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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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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Recently seen, so very fresh in my mind, 11 December 2000
Author: Radu Sebastian (demerzelu@yahoo.com) from Timisoara, Romania

It was a great idea that HBO Romania had to broadcast "Mihai Viteazul" on the Romania's National Day, that is the 1st of December. "Mihai Viteazul" successfully combines battle scenes and political intrigues and to show as realistic as possible the life and times of the great Romanian ruler. I'm not going to describe the film itself, it has to be seen by your own eyes to get the right image about a significant part of the Romanian film industry. Instead, I am going to speak a little about the director's visions about making this movie.

Right after HBO's playing the film on 1st December 2000, a Romanian broadcasting network invited director Sergiu Nicolaescu to make a comment on his masterpiece. Everybody must know this was the second motion picture made by Sergiu Nicolaescu for the silver screen. First, the film was meant to be a co-production with the USA, thus Nicolaescu managed to cast Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Wells and other great actors at Hollywood. However, the Ministry of Culture under President Nicolae Ceausescu did not admit an American involvement in a production based on the glorious history of the Romanian people. So, director Nicolaescu and writer Titus Popovici had to renounce to the American partnership and made this film on their own, financed by the Romanian government. A small dispute started between Nicolaescu and Popovici regarding the actor to play the main character, Mihai Viteazul. A number of 128 Romanian actors were tested for this role and the probes were sent in America, so that some American producers to choose which one is the appropriate actor for the character. The result was Sergiu Nicolaescu and that was exactly what Titus Popovici had in mind. So they started shooting with Nicolaescu playing Mihai Viteazul. But, after a while, Sergiu Nicolaescu was not pleased with the role, he actually wanted to play Selim-Pasa and went to the Ministry saying he's not going to direct that movie anymore, unless he is allowed to do it in his manner. He got the approval, except, of course, any American involvement in it. He returned on the director's chair, but with Amza Pellea playing the main character. I have to admit he was right, because Amza Pellea was outstanding and Nicolaescu's "Selim-Pasa" was a better part, I think.

All the battle scenes were filmed by only three cameras, without zoom effects (the Romanian film industry wasn't working with such equipments in the seventies), so all camera movements were created by physicals efforts.

Battle scenes were filmed with the Army's support, for which the director thanks during the main titles.

Historical facts are precise, that is Nicolaescu's guarantee. More than anything else, Sergiu Nicolaescu loves history, the Romanian history, and all important moments and dialogues in his historical movies are covered by documents from those periods.

Nicolaescu says he was surprised to notice a TV sequence in Steven Spielberg's "E.T." showing images from his film "Mihai Viteazul". That's why he asked, when he had the opportunity, Steven Spielberg why he enclosed a sequence from his movie and not from another director's. And Spielberg replied he admired Nicolaescu's work, especially the battle scenes, which also inspired him for some of his future films.

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