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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:

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Filming Locations:

Sarmizegetusa, Romania See more »


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ROL 20,113,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The role of Meda, King Decebalus' daughter, was played by French actress Marie-José Nat. However, this role was initially sought by Lica Gheorghiu, the daughter of Romanian Communist leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. Director Sergiu Nicolaescu was summoned to the residence of a very ill Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, who asked him to cast his daughter in the part. Knowing that she was moody and only showed up for work when she felt like it, Nicolaescu refused to cave in and justified his refusal by saying that the role of Meda had been contracted to Miss Nat as a condition of French financial participation in the project. He also argued that Meda is a peasant woman who walks in her bare feet, and as such would be unsuitable for a refined actress such as his daughter. Her father agreed, and Lica was not cast. 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 »


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Roman Legions invade Dacia
19 February 2007 | by slostalSee all my reviews

"The Dacians" (Dacii) follows a very decent plot for a sword-and-sandal genre. Roman legions invade Dacia ready to become "The Masters of the World." But this Roman world is not united, but filled with intrigues and back stabbing among the Emperor and the general. "Sufro," (I suffer it) proclaims the Emperor while hiding his satisfaction. On the Dacian side, patriotism (300 Spartans style) fills their souls. "Why the Dacian smile when they die?" asks the Roman commander.

The photography of the Romanian country side and the Roman Legions on the march is excellent. The soundtrack is superb when the Roman legions are advancing. To add to the spectacle 5,000 extras fill the landscape.

Thanks to a Web site that sells Romanian movies in the NTSC format, I could watch this little jewel again. The follow up ("Column" or "The Trajan Column")seems to be unavailable.

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