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.
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
Many of the actors were dubbed in Romanian for various reasons: the French actors didn't speak Romanian; Alexandru Herescu was a novice actor and it was decided to dub his voice with that of a more experienced actor; György Kovács had a strong Hungarian accent; Amza Pellea had an infection of his vocal cords. 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 »
Attractive Romanian film (actually a Romanian-French co production filmed in Romania) belonging to the swords and sandals genre and telling the story of how the Dacians confronted and resisted the Roman Empire at around 100 AD. Great action scenes, attractive outdoor locations (in pastoral like locations) are a plus. This was made in 1967, when many films of this sort were made in the West (the so called Peplum, including Spartacus, Cleopatra and countless Italian movies), yet this particular film seems to be little known outside Romania. It is a well made, entertaining film with fine color photography. Since the Dacians are believed to be the ancestors of the Romanians, I suppose part of the purpose of the film was to raise nationalist consciousness, but this is thankfully not too heavy.
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