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Black Cross (1960)

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In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.

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Aleksander Ford

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Urszula Modrzynska ... Jagienka Zychówna
Grazyna Staniszewska ... Danusia
Andrzej Szalawski ... Jurand of Spychów
Henryk Borowski ... Siegfried de Löwe
Aleksander Fogiel ... Macko of Bogdaniec
Mieczyslaw Kalenik ... Zbyszko of Bogdaniec
Emil Karewicz ... Wladyslaw II. Jagiello - King of Poland and Lithuania
Tadeusz Kosudarski ... Bother Rotgier
Lucyna Winnicka ... Duchess Anna Danuta of Masovia
Tadeusz Bialoszczynski ... Duke Janusz I Mazowiecki
Mieczyslaw Voit ... Kuno von Liechtenstein
Janusz Strachocki ... Konrad von Jungingen
Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz ... Ulrich von Jungingen
Leon Niemczyk ... Fulko de Lorche
Zbigniew Skowronski Zbigniew Skowronski ... Tolima
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Storyline

A tale of a young impoverished nobleman, who with his uncle returns from a war against the order of the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania. He falls in love with a beautiful woman and pledges an oath to bring her "three trophies" from the Teutonic Knights. Written by Anonymous

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Poland's most spectacular epic with a cast of over 1800 in Eastmancolor and Dyaliscope.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Cross See more »

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Budget:

PLN 33,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Zespól Filmowy "Studio" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The biggest blockbuster and box-office success in the history of Polish cinema. In the year of its premiere it was seen by almost every Polish citizen. See more »

Goofs

Several knights can be seen wearing sneakers beneath the armor, although at the time the film is set, these were not available. See more »

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The 2006 UK Second Run DVD was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of horse-falls. See more »

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Referenced in 1409. Afera na zamku Bartenstein (2005) See more »

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Excellent and moving
14 May 2006 | by pkolasaSee all my reviews

This is movie made in 1960. It features REAL extras numbering at least 35 000 people. How many American movies have that many extras to start with??? 2 people DIED in making of this movie, because the battle is so realistic. It has excellent plot, begging for a remake by Spielberg, Soderberg or Petersen! Or Mel Gibson :)

It's based on a novel by NOBEL prize winning writer Sienkiewicz. He is only matched by Robert Graves of "I, Claudius". The costumes are realistic. The locations are accurate. This was about one of 10 battles defining the destiny of the world, yet because, it's in Eastern Europe it's downplayed by the West, which is arrogant and proud of its ignorance, lol. As if it was something to brag about ;)


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