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Proud Heritage (1989)

Mircea (original title)
After 1394 King Mircea the Elder, ruler of Wallachia, ponders the eventual consequences of a military alliance with the Poles versus one with the Turks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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King Mircea the Elder
Serban Ionescu ...
Prince Mihail son of King Mircea
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Vlad Dracul father of Vlad the Impaler
Vlad Nemes ...
Young Vlad Tepes
Ion Besoiu ...
Emperor Sigismund's envoy
Ion Ritiu ...
Sultan Baiazid
George Alexandru ...
Ioana Pavelescu ...
Elisaveta wife of Prince Mihail
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Irina mother of young Vlad
Colea Rautu ...
Turkish envoy Izedin-bey
Traian Costea ...
Dan, King Mircea's Brother
Vladimir Gaitan ...
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Ion Iercau (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Papil Panduru ...
Mezea, King Mircea's Servant
Stefan Velniciuc ...
Jean de Neverre of Burgundy
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Following the 1394 Battle of Rovine between the Wallachian and Ottoman armies Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder consolidates his reign.In a small civil war he manages to oust his brother Dan from Wallachia.Dan's dream of usurping the Wallachian throne is destroyed and he is banished from the kingdom.After this confrontation Prince Mircea the Elder ruler of Wallachia receives envoys from the Polish king and from the Ottoman sultan.In their attempt to conquer Europe the Ottoman Turks are seeking European allies.Their envoys to Wallachia want to persuade Prince Mircea to join them but the Polish envoys also are hoping to sway Wallachia to their side.Prince Mircea of Wallachia hesitates.An alliance with fellow Christian Poles seems logical but their conditions are harsh.The conditions of a possible military alliance with the Ottoman Turks are more attractive.However,the Ottoman Turks are Muslim and they also are the traditional enemies of the small Christian kingdom of Wallachia.Caught ... Written by nufs68

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Trivia

The famous one on one meeting and dialogue between the sultan Baiazid (the Lightning) and king Mircea (the Old) is not documented in any historical sources, so it probably never happened. This scene is directly inspired from a famous epic poem called "The 3rd letter" written by Mihai Eminescu (a famous Romanian poet) in the 19th century. In the movie part of the dialogue is taken directly from this poem, with only minor changes. Though not historically accurate, the scene is highly symbolic and emphasizes some significant concepts that fueled the continued (and often successful) resistance of the small Romanian army in face of the mighty Ottoman (Turkish) empire. See more »

Goofs

At some point in the film, a Dalmatian is seen. The breed didn't exist during the 15th century. See more »

Quotes

Young Vlad Tepes: Grandpa, are you immortal?
King Mircea the Elder: Why are you asking?
Young Vlad Tepes: Because I hear some saying: "This one is not going to die!"
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good premises. nothing more
19 June 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

one of games with historical events of Sergiu Nicolaescu. not bad and not credible. not only for the low respect for facts - it is not a documentary - but for the status of film as political tool. national proud is the only theme. the image of Mircea - confuse in many scenes- is source to legitimate the regime. or, after 1990, in declarations of the director, subtle form of resistance against dictatorship. the film has not a precise line but a mixture of problems and characters and unrealistic scenes. the desire to give the portrait of an almost superhero compromise the good premises. and that does for the actors an impossible mission to save the story. the absurd dialogues between grandfather and grandson, the Almighty Mircea, the strange hypothesis of plan against him, the miraculous resurrection are suffocated for a film who could be real interesting.


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