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Black Cross (1960)

Krzyzacy (original title)
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.

Director:

Aleksander Ford

Writers:

Aleksander Ford (dialogue), Aleksander Ford (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... 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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The Polish submission to the 33rd Academy Awards. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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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emotionally powerful epic
15 June 2005 | by steven-222See all my reviews

KNIGHTS OF THE TEUTONIC ORDER, based on the novel by Nobel winner Henryk Sienkiewicz, is full of intensely melodramatic conflicts and nonstop action; Sienkiewicz's fiction was more in the mold of THE THREE MUSKETEERS and IVANHOE than WAR AND PEACE, and the source material makes for a highly entertaining movie. The epic scope is quite impressive (fully comparable to Hollywood epics of the same era, like QUO VADIS or SPARTACUS). The setting will be unfamiliar to many audiences (Poland and Prussia in the middle ages), but the plight of the Polish knight Jurand as he and his family are tormented by the dastardly Teutonic Knights is emotionally involving. I saw this in 2005 on a not-so-good video from Polart (washed-out color, poor subtitles), but I've recently seen a DVD on offer, which I hope will have higher quality; it's a handsomely made film that deserves restoration and a wider audience.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

PLN33,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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