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Dacii (1966)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 1966 (Romania)
The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia.


Sergiu Nicolaescu


Titus Popovici, Jacques Rémy (French adaptation)

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Credited cast:
Pierre Brice ... Roman Gen. Septimius Severus
Marie-José Nat ... Meda - Decebalus' Daughter
Georges Marchal ... Roman Gen. Fuscus
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... Dacian King Decebalus
Mircea Albulescu ... Oluper
Alexandru Herescu Alexandru Herescu ... Cotyso - Decebalus' Son
György Kovács György Kovács ... Roman Emperor Domitian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ion Apahideanu Ion Apahideanu
Leopoldina Balanuta Leopoldina Balanuta ... Meda - Decebalus' Daughter (voice)
Ion Banica Ion Banica
Geo Barton Geo Barton ... Roman Sen. Attius / Zoltes
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Roman Gen. Severus (voice)
Ion Birá Ion Birá
Florin Blanarescu Florin Blanarescu
Anatol Bogdan Anatol Bogdan


The great King of Dacia, Decebal (Decebalus), is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep the integrity of his people. His own son, Cotyso, is given to the god Zamolxis to the dismay of the King and his daughter Meda. Septimius Severus a young roman devoted to his adopted country, must make the choice between his blood origins and the culture he was raised in. Written by Aura Vatafu

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Romania | France



Release Date:

1966 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Los guerreros See more »

Filming Locations:

Sarmizegetusa, Romania See more »


Box Office


ROL 20,113,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was a huge box-office success in Romania. Then Prime Minister at the time, Ion Gheorghe Maurer, enjoyed it but Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu disliked it because he believed it portrayed the Dacians as too barbaric. See more »


In the 27th minute there is a brief (reversed) shot of the Roman soldiers running, with their ladders, away from the city walls rather than attacking them. See more »


Referenced in German Grusel - Die Edgar Wallace-Serie (2011) See more »

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Sergiu Nicolaescu's movies are available on DVD since July 11, 2008
21 July 2008 | by uiflorinSee all my reviews

The newspaper "Adevarul" (the Truth) releases on DVD the "Historical" series of movies made by Sergiu Nicolaescu in the '60s, '70s and '80s. This contains the movies "Dacii" (the dacians), "Mircea", "Mihai Viteazul", "Nemuritorii" (the Imortals), "Capcana mercenarilor" (the mercenaries' trap), "Pentru patrie" (for the country). They are restored from film rolls from the National Film Archive (or national television archive), but quality is limited to VHS resolution. Given the film and audio technology level in 1967 the soundtrack is mono with subtitles in English and french. Colors are restored, but some scratches are visible throughout the movie, given its 41 years of age. Visual or audio effects were no concern for Nicolaescu, since its movies are based on historical facts transcending time and people. Fight scenes are real, using 5000 plus extras synchronized and filmed with multiple cameras, since no more than two takes were possible in one day at that scale. I don't know if the movies will be available outside the country, since are distributed only with the paper. http://www.filmeleadevarul.ro/istorice/category/filme/dacii/

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