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The Young Rebel (1967)

Cervantes (original title)
A highly fictionalized filming of the early life of Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".


Vincent Sherman


Bruno Frank (based on the novel by), Enrique Llovet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Miguel de Cervantes
Gina Lollobrigida ... Giulia
José Ferrer ... Hassan Bey
Louis Jourdan ... Cardinal Acquaviva
Francisco Rabal ... Rodrigo Cervantes
Antonio Casas ... Favio
Soledad Miranda ... Nessa
Ángel del Pozo ... Don Juan de Austria
Ricardo Palacios ... Sancho
Maurice de Canonge Maurice de Canonge
Tiziano Cortini Tiziano Cortini ... (as Tizzieno Cortini)
José Jaspe ... Turkish Official
Claudine Dalmas Claudine Dalmas
José Nieto ... Minister of Felipe II
Andrés Mejuto ... Cervantes' Father


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. Written by KGF Vissers

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A thousand women knew his kisses....Ten thousand men knew his sword! See more »


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Spain | France | Italy


English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Rebel See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla Films, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Ely Landau was attached as producer, Again Delon, Yul Brynner and Ava Gardner were announced to star. See more »

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more than nice
20 June 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a nice movie from a long series of popular historical European- and not only- films of the same decade. its virtue - the science to be, in same measure, a clever one. because it propose a colorful, seductive portrait of a character and not the image of Cervantes. but this portrait use biographic details mixed with fantastic adventures in a credible manner. it propose questions about religious differences, honor and morality, and, more important, a Don Quixote . the idealistic, generous, courageous, wise and vulnerable Cervantes is not really a hero. but a messenger of fundamental problems who challenge the honesty of viewer. sure, the most seductive performance remains the work of Jose Ferrer. the choice for the lead role could be not really comfortable but Horst Buchholz does a decent job and few sparkles of his acting are more than good moments. a film who has the gift to be more useful today. because the confrontation between Christianity and Islam has the same roots and the same force. only the clothes are different. Cervantes gives a kind of answer. and it is not a really unrealistic.

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