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Michael the Brave (1970)

Mihai Viteazul (original title)
At the end of the 16th century Wallachian ruler Prince Michael the Brave overcame the adversity of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires to unite Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania into one country.

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writer:

Titus Popovici
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... Mihai Viteazul / Michael the Brave
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Prince Sigismund Báthory of Transylvania
Olga Tudorache Olga Tudorache ... Mother of Mihai Viteazul
Irina Gardescu Irina Gardescu ... Countess Rossanna Viventini
György Kovács György Kovács ... Cardinal Andrew Báthory
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... Ottoman Vizier Selim Pasha
Nicolae Secareanu Nicolae Secareanu ... Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha
Ilarion Ciobanu Ilarion Ciobanu ... Stroe Buzescu
Aurel Rogalschi Aurel Rogalschi ... Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II
Ioana Bulca Ioana Bulca ... Doamna Stanca / Princess Stanca
Septimiu Sever Septimiu Sever ... Radu Buzescu
Florin Piersic ... Preda Buzescu
Klára Sebök Klára Sebök ... Maria Cristina de Graz (as Maria Clara Sebok)
Mircea Albulescu ... Popa Stoica
Emmerich Schäffer ... General Giorgio Basta
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Storyline

An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pätrascu (better known as "Mihai Viteazul" / "Michael the Brave"), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia, into the country of Romania, at the end of the 16th century (1599-1601) against the opposition of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires, this movie features large scale battle scenes mixed with political intrigues, murderous treachery, and family drama. Written by Peter Reiher & Mihnea Columbeanu

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Michael the Brave would liberate his people ... if it took a thousand battles!


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Country:

Romania | France | Italy

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

1970 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ROL 33,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR (re-release)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The battle scenes feature an infantry division of more than 1500 soldiers. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the actor Amza Pellea, who played Michael the Brave, always wields his hatchet with his right hand. It is a known fact that Michael the Brave was left-handed. See more »

Quotes

Mother of Mihai Viteazul: Forgive me, son, for not trusting you. I'm sorry.
Mihai Viteazul: What did you think, mother? Is this what you think of me? That I can sell my country?
[to all present]
Mihai Viteazul: And you? What did you think? That I, voivode Michael, would drink this cup of shame to the last drop? From this day on, I free myself in front of God and you of any debt and submission. And I will free all those who are with me. We have our life and our honor. Wake up! We've been sleeping too long!
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Featured in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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The best historical Romanian movie to date
5 June 2000 | by BeebendersSee all my reviews

Amza Pellea is Mihai Viteazul! Very seldom that you see an actor transforming itself so completely to bring a strong historical character to life. I can only feel bad for the rest of the world for not being able to see this movie. Sergiu Nicolaescu, the movie director proves that he belongs with the best of the historical genre. Time will prove me right, somebody, someday, will bring this diamond in the rough to a full shine. It is disturbing to see the people in charge of promoting Romania's cultural image can't seem to know how to promote some of it's best assets.


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