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Proud Heritage (1989)
"Mircea" (original title)

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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:
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
King Mircea the Elder
Serban Ionescu ...
Prince Mihail son of King Mircea
Vlad Dracul father of Vlad the Impaler
Vlad Nemes ...
Ion Besoiu ...
Emperor Sigismund's envoy
Ion Ritiu ...
Sultan Baiazid
George Alexandru ...
Sultan Mehmet
Ioana Pavelescu ...
Elisaveta wife of Prince Mihail
Irina mother of young Vlad
Colea Rautu ...
Turkish envoy Izedin-bey
Traian Costea ...
Dan, King Mircea's Brother
Vladimir Gaitan ...
Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Ion Iercau (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Papil Panduru ...
Mezea, King Mircea's Servant
Stefan Velniciuc ...
Jean de Neverre of Burgundy


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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17 November 1989 (Romania)  »

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King Mircea of Wallachia's grandson is Prince Vlad the Impaler also known as Vlad Dracula.In the Romanian language Dracula or Dracul means Devil or Dragon.Vlad the Impaler's father,also known as Vlad Dracul got his nickname Dracul after he received The Order of the Dragon from the Pope for his acts of bravery in battle against the invading Ottoman Turks.When common folk in medieval Romania translated the name of the Papal Order of the Dragon the name Dragon became Dracul meaning Dragon or Devil.Afterwards,Vlad the father became known as Vlad Dracul and his son became known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. See more »


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

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part of a time
13 October 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

far from accuracy but scene for impressive battle scenes. patriotic speech and nationalist thesis. a piece from Communist regime last year. and the old precise recipes about hero by Sergiu Nicolaescu. this film is part of a time and sensitivity. sure, dialogs are not really credible and facts are not very realistic, the Romanian Medieval history is modeled by director and the instrument is a script who present a mythical shadow. and the political command is not avoided, but, out of a page ad usum delphini, it is a testimony. about society values and freedom of creation in its borders. about art of an interesting film maker. about perception of past in space of East. about frustrations, passeisme and form of propaganda.

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