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Skanderbeg (1953)

Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (original title)
This is the true story of the National Hero of Albanians, George Kastrioti Scanderbeg, from his birth to his death. 1405-1468. Based mainly upon the monk writer Marin Barleti, the movie ... See full summary »


Sergei Yutkevich


Mikhail Papava
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akaki Khorava Akaki Khorava ... Georgi Kastriot, aka Skanderbeg
Besa Imami Besa Imami ... Donika
Adivie Alibali Adivie Alibali ... Mamika
Semyon Sokolovsky ... Hamza
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Dafina (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Georgi Chernovolenko Georgi Chernovolenko ... Marash
Naim Frashëri Naim Frashëri ... Pal
Aleksandr Vertinskiy Aleksandr Vertinskiy ... Doge of Venice
Marie Logoreci ... Kontesha
Nikolai Bubnov
Oleg Zhakov
Sergo Zakariadze ... Laonicus
Vladimir Belokurov ... King
Vahram Papazyan
Boris Tenin


This is the true story of the National Hero of Albanians, George Kastrioti Scanderbeg, from his birth to his death. 1405-1468. Based mainly upon the monk writer Marin Barleti, the movie starts off with how the boy Scanderbeg was taken hostage by the ottoman turks and trained from them until he became one of the most outstanding warriors of the Ottoman Empire, then later returned home to his country to organized the oppressed Albanians into a fierce and heroic resistance for over 30 years. After converting from Islam to Christianity (the religion of ancestors) he managed to keep the greatest empire on earth at the time from invading Albania. His story is an inspiration to generations of Albanians, wherever they lived. Written by Hectord

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I did not bring you freedom, but I already found here among all of you.


Action | Drama | History


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Akaki Khorava, who portrayed the titular character, was Georgian. See more »

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Skanderbeg; the who kept the Otoman Empire for nearly 30 years away from Western Europe, and kept the small country of Albania united.
17 February 2005 | by jett_lee60101See all my reviews

This movie is a great one. Unlike "Troy" or "Alexander" this one has its own goods. There are the scene fights, small love lines, and magic if you ask me. This historic movie about the Albanian hero "Skenderbeu" is what a family movie should be about. Is educational and not very violent, and as far as my opinion I think of it as a PG-13 movie. Would be great if Hollywood creates a version of this movie, I, my self believe it wold be great to experience something with the great technology at hand now and compare it with the 1970's version of this movie. There is anything about this movie that all the other movies should have, meaning. There is clearly a very good history line behind this movie. Starting in the beginning with a abduction of the Albanian brethren to the day when "Skenderbeu" betrays the Turks and gets back to its place, Albania.

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Release Date:

12 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Albfilm, Tirana, Mosfilm See more »
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Color (Magicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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