In this romanticized biography of Spain's most celebrated novelist, young Miguel Cervantes, son of a country doctor, cockily pushes better-bred, court-connected peacock chicks aside for the post of private secretary to monsignor (soon cardinal) Acquaviva, papal envoy to king Philip II of Spain. Realizing his friendship with the Ottoman general-envoy was abused to win time while an avoidable 'crusade' was mounted, Miguel resigns but joins the Holy League's fleet. He and his brother become marked heroes, but get no serious reward and are captured by Algiers pirates for the slave market, yet set aside to bring ransom. Instead, they mount a brave slave revolt.
From lovemaking to high adventure! He could be delightful, devious, or deadly!
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Did You Know?
King Vidor did preliminary work preparing a biographical film on Miguel de Cervantes and ended up combining his resources with this European production. However, for unclear reasons Vidor disassociated himself with the picture that would become "Young Rebel." See more
Referenced in Horst Buchholz... mein Papa